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Tools and Techniques Paper When faced with a difficult situation there are several decision-making tools or techniques that one can employ brainstorming is one of them Brainstorming is a powerful technique that breaks through narrow thinking by tapping into ones creativity calling on every viable however random solution imaginable This helps generate radical ideas and can lead to remarkable results In order to find the best solution it is important to consider many possible solutions Brainstorming involves quickly recording a broad list of ideas which can then be expanded and evaluated During a brainstorming session ideas should be generated as quickly as possible in order to develop the most creative and varied list of alternatives As most problems are not easily solved by the first idea that comes to mind brainstorming is an excellent way of developing many creative solutions to a single problem Brainstorming works well individually or within a group but is increasingly more effective when a greater amount of people are involved This line of reasoning follows the idea that two heads are better than one A couple ground rules must be considered when brainstorming Define the problem or idea to be explored and make sure everyone is clear Let the leader have control Allow everyone to contribute and be heard Ensure that no one will insult demean or evaluate another participant or hisher response State that no answer is wrong Record each answer unless it is a repeat Set a time limit and stop when time is up By following these guidelines one can ensure a productive and efficient formal brainstorming session However brainstorming can also occur through casual conversation and in less formal settings For example in my work place several colleagues and I decided to plan a surprise birthday party for one of our coworkers As soon as the idea was brought up everyone offered suggestions At the spur of the moment we tossed out several very different ideas
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