7 Unique Brainstorming Techniques

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Keep Your People Apart

Lukas Biewald doesn't like meetings. "I really hate brainstorming meetings and I try to avoid them," says Lukas Biewald, co-founder of labor-on-demand crowdsourcing company CrowdFlower. "What I try to do is e-mail everyone independently." While other CEOs may think the way to come up with ideas to lock a bunch of people in a room with neutrally colored walls and let them play with whiteboards, Biewald politely disagrees. "I think it is hard to keep them focused, and I tend to think there is a kind of groupthink that emerges," Biewald says. "I think it is hard for people to think creatively in a meeting." —Matt DeLuca