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Brainstorming 101

No idea is a bad idea. We've all heard that adage.

Well, that's a lie. There are plenty of bad ideas.

But if you’re running a business, never label an idea as a bad one. It’s not good for employee morale and it will hurt creativity.

Instead, take the bad idea under advisement, as it were, and later get back to the employee, saying you’ve studied the concept but are not going with it at this time. And, this is important, thank him or her for the suggestion, and say that you’re always looking for ways to improve the business.

It’s the same philosophy if you’re running a meeting or brainstorming session. Acknowledge the bad idea but do not necessarily come back to it. Instead, focus on better ideas introduced at the meeting.

Brainstorming sessions, by the way, are important for any organization looking to grow and/or not be stagnant. They really do help, and you'll be surprised by how much your staff knows and, in turn, by how much you don't know.

Dropbox Business identified seven tips for running a brainstorming session. They include giving people time to develop ideas before the meeting, selecting a moderator and – most importantly – delegating people to research the best ideas.

For more of those brainstorming tips, click here.

NFL PLAYOFFS

For recreational purposes only, a look at this weekend’s NFL playoff games:

– Seattle (plus 5) at Atlanta – Thinking the Falcons come up small. But stay away from this one.

– Houston (plus 16) at New England – This line is one of the biggest in recent playoff history. Still, take the Patriots and Belichick to run it up.

– Pittsburgh (plus 1.5) at Kansas City – Big Ben could very well come up large. However, stay away from this one, too.

– Green Bay (plus 4.5) at Dallas – Aaron Rodgers is the great equalizer, but stay away from this one, as well.

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