Group brainstorming is a collaborative idea generation process that (theoretically) gets great results. Yet it takes only a couple of bad seeds to turn these sessions into unpleasant and unproductive nightmares – you know this, imagine… You’re in a meeting, brainstorming ideas, and the process is hijacked by disruptive individuals who undermine collaborative efforts. Have you been there? Mitchell Rigie and Keith Harmeyer, coauthors of SmartStorming, identify the most common offenders. Any one of these problematic personalities can undermine the focus and collaborative efforts of a group:
- Attention Vampires – They always want to stand out, be in the spotlight, and be the center of attention. It’s always about them.
- Wet Blankets – These are the pessimists who see the flaws in everyone else’s ideas. Nothing goes unscathed.
- Idea Assassins – These seasoned killers love to shoot down ideas – anyone’s and everyone’s.
- Dictators – They love every idea – as long as it’s theirs.
- Obstructionists – To them, nothing is simple or easy.
- Social Loafers – These are the people who show up for a brainstorm session, but rarely participate