We have compiled a list of Social collaboration tips as an Infographic. The transcript for the Infographic is below. Hope you find it useful.
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1.Keep the group size to a minimum
Keeping the group size to a minimum number of members required will reduce topic digression and unproductive loafing.
2.Use a facilitator
Good Facilitators know how to keep the audience interested and generally conduct ice-breaking sessions to avoid social inhibition.
3. Encourage Diversity
Having diverse group members from different fields with complementary skills generates newer ideas and increases innovation.
4. Have a culture of innovation
Fostering an environment which nurtures collaboration and innovation are important. Brainstorming should be innate and a way of life.
5. Alternate with frequent breaks
Keep a balance by allowing the group to alternate from productive group work to individual activity including taking breaks.
Some useful tips on the history of Brainstorming
The Wikipedia describes the ‘Brainstorming’ process as a group creativity technique where the group arrives at a list of ideas spontaneously for an impending problem.
The word was first coined by one Advertising executive Alex F Osborn. Alex worked on creative problem-solving way back in 1939 and hosted several group thinking sessions. During these group thinking sessions, he observed several of his employees were able to solve problems creatively and they came up with new ideas. He, later on, wrote a book called the “The creative power” where he outlined all his methods.
Please read our blog post article on Brainstorming, Brainstorming spontaneously
Alex Osborn’s methods are outlined on the following two principles. They are
1. Deferring judgement
2. Going for quantity
By following these two principles he was successfully able to host group thinking session among his employees and which later on spread to the rest of the world. His principles of Brainstorming brought a positive change in removing inhibitions of the participating members, increase creativity within the group and excite idea generation as a habit among the group members.
Completed Masters in IT for manufacturing at the University of Warwick, UK and a PRINCE 2 certified practitioner.
My interests include collaborative innovation, group dynamics, Idea hubs and work life balance. I am open to your suggestions.