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Don’t let a handful of people dominate your next brainstorming session. Use a round-robin technique to ensure that everyone participates and no one wields too much influence. Facilitate the session this way:

  • Hand one index card to every participant. Ask each person to write one idea on a card.
  • Collect the cards and shuffle them so no one will know who wrote which idea.
  • Give two cards to each participant, one blank and one from the previous round. Tell participants to read the previous idea and write a new one on the blank card.
  • Repeat the process several times, so you gather plenty of ideas.

— Adapted from “Round-Robin Brainstorming,” James Manktelow, Mind Tools Newsletter, www.mindtools.com. 

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