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You have reached the brainstorming session with your team and no doubt the process has been an adventure. No process is perfect; the point is progress, not perfection. There are several things that you, as a leader, should keep in mind throughout this process:

1). Consider each employee’s ideas as valuable. Remember there is no such thing as a stupid idea.


Thus far in our series we have discussed leadership, different aspects of putting together a team, ground rules, and listening skills. Today we look at brainstorming which uses several skills we previously discussed. Here are some aspects of brainstorming to set your team up for success. 

Ground rules: You established ground rules in the past for yo...

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There are norms, or ground rules, that you and the team establish to set the team up for efficiency and success. They can be simple directives or general guidelines and we will explore both in this week's article. Make sure the team creates these ground rules by consensus and commits to them, both as a team and as individuals.

Simple Directives 

These are...

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