‘CATCHBALL’ CAN WORK WHILE BRAIN­STORM­ING

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Not all brain­storm­ing ses­sions need to start with a clean slate. If your team al­ready has an idea or two, you can use the “catchball” ap­proach at your next meet­ing. Here’s how it works: Some­one on the team ‘tosses’ the idea to some­one else.

Who­ever ‘catches’ it must un­der­stand it, re­flect on it, and im­prove on it in some way. That per­son tosses the mod­i­fied idea back to the group, where it’s caught by some­one else and im­proved fur­ther. As each per­son par­tic­i­pates, they’ll have the op­por­tu­nity to tinker with the idea and en­rich the con­ver­sa­tion.

This gives each team mem­ber a sense of shared re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mit­ment to the idea. Ide­ally, that feel­ing of group own­er­ship will re­main once it’s time to im­ple­ment the idea, no mat­ter who came up with the ini­tial con­cept in the first place.

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