There's Talent Within These Walls | Brainstorming With Your Team

I love the phrase “No man is an island” another one I love is “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”

What is it about these phrases that really resonate with me?

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It’s the recognition that it takes a team to create and build someone or something.

I love it when someone who has achieved something phenomenal speaks about the number of people who helped them on their journey. They talk about the support that they received, the people who were the cogs of their achievement that helped to make it happen.

None of us has a monopoly on success, great ideas or achievement. We all need someone to help us on the journey. These days there are coaches, counsellors and consultants aplenty to help you to achieve more.

As a leader, it’s important that when we work with others we recognise that there is a wealth of experiences, ideas and knowledge sitting in the very team/s that we are responsible for. We can be sitting on a gold mine of talent that we are ignoring due to our need to be the leader and to be right.

As a manager in days past, I always found it useful to find out what my team were thinking. More often than not the ideas that they had were mind-blowing, intelligent and customer appropriate.

On our own, we don’t have all the answers so take the time out to brainstorm with your team. Here’s a process you can follow:

  1. Call a team meeting and let your team know that it’s going to be a brainstorm, so they need to get their thinking caps on before they even arrive
  2. Set the parameters of the brainstorm - whether it’s for a specific project, company website or business success etc.
  3. At the start of the meeting set the rules:
    1. No criticism, nothing is wrong we’re just getting all the ideas out
    2. There are no promises – not everything can be incorporated into the business and if it is we will need to provide a business case for it
    3. Credit will be given where due
    4. Set the timescale
    5. Use a wipe board or flip chart and different coloured pens
    6. Assign a scribe
    7. Go for it, ask lots of open questions and let your team truly get the ideas rolling
    8. When you’ve finished, thank them for their input
    9. Ensure that everything is written up and sent out to the team
    10. Take on board the ideas that can work

This process really brings your team to life, they feel valued and when you implement what they suggested - thank them, do not take the credit yourself.

Teamwork makes the dream work, remember that – let your team uses its collective awesomeness to really build your business. Remember they also have a vested interest in its success.

Go on give it and go and let me know how it goes in the comments below.