Author Archives: Mitch Ditkoff

Mitch Ditkoff defends brainstorming in the wake of a trend of ‘brainstorm bashers’. Continue reading

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One Simple Way to Ensure Your Team Becomes High Performing

I’m going to cut to the chase and focus on just one small component of a high performing team — one you and your team can do something about immediately. Continue reading

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Why So Many Brainstorming Sessions Fail

I finally figured out why so many brainstorming sessions fail. It’s the exact same reason why so many marriages fail. The couple shouldn’t have gotten married in the first place. Many brainstorm sessions that are called never should have happened… Continue reading

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20 Ways to Get Feedback on Your Biggest, Baddest, Boldest New Idea

You’ve got a great idea. I know you do. But I also know it’s just sitting there. In your head. Like a lump. Why? Because you haven’t pitched it to anyone. Continue reading

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The Eight Dimensions of a Brainstorm Session

Most people think brainstorming sessions are all about ideas – much in the same way Wall Street bankers think life is all about money. While ideas are certainly a big part of brainstorming, they are only a part. Continue reading

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Why You Need to Ask Why

Some years ago, there was a big problem at one of America’s most treasured monuments — the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. Simply put, birds — in huge numbers — were pooping all over it, which made visiting the place a very unpleasant experience. Attempts to remedy the situation caused… Continue reading

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Brainstorming versus Braincalming

If you work in a big organization, small business, freelance, or eat cheese, there’s a good chance you’ve participated in at least a few brainstorming sessions in your life. You’ve noodled, conjured, envisioned, ideated, piggybacked, and endured overly enthusiastic facilitators doing their facilitator thing. You may have even gotten some results. Hallelujah! But even the best run brainstorming sessions are based on a questionable assumption — that the origination of powerful, new ideas depend on the facilitated interaction between people. Continue reading

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