Before making decisions it is useful to get the opinions of the rest of the team. There is usually one person who has to make the decision but if you want the team to buy into the decision and help make it successful you will need their input.
There are a number of different ways to achieve this and the following is one that has always worked well for me in the past.
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– Once all the ideas are in (the chairperson of the meeting may like to put a time limit on this) then discussion of the ideas raised may begin. At this stage some of the ideas may be discarded and others combined.
– For important brainstorming sessions I find that it is worthwhile taking a break at this stage, perhaps lunch, and coming back to it later. People often come up with new ideas when they have a chance to think it over.
– The distilled results of the session should be compiled into minutes and distributed.
The purpose of this is to encourage continued discussion, however, at some point the chairperson will have to draw the line and make the decision.
This sort of brainstorming is very useful but the final decision usually stops with one person.