Generating Ideas

If you do not wake up each morning bursting with bright ideas for changing the world, don’t conclude that you have no leadership potential. Like all of us, leaders have to work at the task of generating useful ideas. Consider two ways in which this work often takes place:

The Brainstorming Session

Some leaders hatch their best ideas and visions by bouncing questions, opinions, and other thoughts back and forth with others. In a student setting, such a brainstorming session may take place with friends in a dorm room or student lounge. In the business world, brainstorming is often the agenda for meetings. As a general rule, this free and vigorous expression of ideas works best when the group is no larger than 8 or 10 people. ...

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