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Idea Stormers: How to Lead and Inspire Creative Breakthroughs by Bryan W. Mattimore

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Chapter 7

Thinking Like a Facilitating Leader I

The Who, Where, and How of Planning and Leading Group Ideation Sessions

It is difficult, if not impossible, to dictate when truly magical things might happen in an ideation session. But some easily learned skills, mind-sets, and approaches to facilitation can dramatically affect a facilitator's effectiveness. Let's first look at the who and the where of ideation session planning, followed by a few simple and easily learned tips that can make your job as a facilitating leader that much more successful.

The Who of Ideation

Clients often ask me, “Who should I invite to an ideation session?” I usually give a three-part answer.

For stakeholders, I say, “Invite everyone on your team who'll be part of ...

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