Collective Wisdom – Lessons for Your Next Brainstorm
A recent U.S. study on group wisdom found that the groups who
worked the best together were the ones where members interacted
more, took turns talking and participated equally. Groups where
one or two people dominated the conversation did the poorest,
while groups that included women tended to do better – so much
so that the researchers suggest that for more effective
brainstorming sessions a simple starting point is to ensure
the group includes women.(And of course, I’d be remiss if I
didn’t remind you that HA + HA = AHA, so also add plenty of fun.)
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
A really simple way to add a little safe humor to any workplace is to stockpile some funny badges that people can wear. I saw a pharmacist recently, for example, wearing a badge that read: “Quit Reading My Badge.” Then there’s the story of the flight attendant, who, since everyone called out to her, “Oh Miss”, actually got a badge made up that read, “Oh Miss.” If you Google funny badges, you’ll find many options for ordering them. Here are a few of my favorite safe ones:
– 8 out of 10 People LOVE this Badge!
– I Like this badge…it’s my favorite
– My other badge is funny!
– I do my own stunts
– He who hesitates is, um…
– By the time you’ve read this badge you’ve already read it
Deep Thought of the Week
“The voices in my head may not be real, but they sure have some
good ideas!” Anonymous
It’s a Wacky World
You may be pleased to know that tomorrow, October 21st, is
official “Babbling Day.” So if you can’t understand what the
heck your CEO is saying, this may explain it.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2010 www.humoratwork.com
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