Highlight hidden ideas

At meetings at which you are going to make a joint decision or collect input, try asking everyone to think quietly and write down their ideas (use a timer) before someone has a turn to speak. Then ask everyone what they wrote on their piece of paper.
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Highlight hidden ideas

Ever participated in a meeting where the first suggestion was the one that was implemented? This can be a problem if the group does not consider other, potentially better suggestions. Steven G Rogelberg, professor of organizational science, management and psychology, therefore suggests a stepladder technique for decision-making. Here, every member of the team writes down their ideas before the decision-making process begins. Then you go round the group during the meeting and allow everyone to say how they have reasoned – a process that broadens the basis for decision-making.