Bill Nye said, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something that you don’t.”
Stay interested and curious about what others are saying or doing so you have the opportunity to learn something new every day. Ask open ended questions because closed questions will only get you an answer that you already thought of. When you ask open questions the other person will carry the conversation into new, maybe unexpected directions. That can be so much more fun. Then you have the unequaled opportunity to learn and share what you learned with someone else. Pass it on.
Never stop being curious
The word brainstorming has gotten a bad rap from some who write on the www. The problem they seem to have is that their experiences with the subject have been the antithesis of purposeful brainstorming.
So I propose to use ‘idea generation’ instead of brainstorming. That is the purpose of most brainstorming sessions any way.
A good idea generation session has a clear goal but also leaves lots of room for playing around with ideas and exploring several different avenues that turn up.
A good idea generation session also will produce some ideas and directions that seem immediately applicable while others should be put in the parking lot to be reintroduced and explored at a next meeting.