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Better Brainstorming with Sensing and Intuition

Sensing - People who prefer the sensing function will do a wonderful job sleuthing the facts of the brainstorming topic before the session – the history, the present reality, available resources, and practical issues.

Intuition – Brainstorming is a classic ‘intuition’ activity and people who prefer this function will energetically offer up possibilities.  Make sure the ground rules for the brainstorming include the permission to get wild with ideas, make leaps and give suggestions that may seem impractical.

Sensing – People who prefer the sensing function are often less enthusiastic than those that prefer intuition, so special care should be given to put them at ease. One way is to clearly outline what the desired outcomes are.

Sensing – Give enough time during idea generation for ‘sensors’ to start with concrete, realistic ideas.  Once that need is met, they will enjoy getting playful and even ‘silly’ with more ‘leaping’ ideas. But first the sensing preference must be satisfied.

Intuition – Give each idea a ‘moment in the sun’ so that others can hear them and then ‘hitch-hike’ with a related idea

Sensing – Once actionable ideas have been decided upon, sensing folks are well suited to see the successive steps needed to implement the idea.

Intuition – If you’re stuck with some tame, boring ideas, ask people wild questions, such as: “If this dilemma were a color, an animal, a country, a person, a destination, what would it be like?  What would help it?”  Or “what is the worst possible solution to this problem?”

Sensing – Someone who prefers this function makes a great scribe with excellent memory of what was said during the session and an eye for the details of both the session and the topic.