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Small Group Facilitation: Improving Process and Performance in Groups and Teams by Judith A. Kolb

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Stimulating Creativity in Groups

Keeping this definition and these suggestions in mind, what can facilitators do to stimulate creativity in group sessions?

Give ideas time to incubate. As was discussed in Chapter 4, a division of tasks, completing some work before and after a face-to-face session, can be very productive. Participants might be asked to consider all aspects of a problem and bring some off-the-wall ideas to the group meeting. Having time between stages of a process also is useful since this allows “ideas to incubate” (Sisk & Williams, 1981, p. 120). If during pre-planning, you learn that a full day has been set aside for a creative work session, you could mention that two half-day sessions might be more conducive to a generation ...

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