Implement an Idea Lottery

At your next conference or firm retreat, don’t give out attendance prizes.  Give out idea prizes instead in an “Idea Lottery.”

From Creativity expert Michael Mihalko:

Have an “idea lottery,” using a roll of numbered tickets. Each time a person comes up with a creative idea, he or she receives a ticket. At the end of [the event], share the ideas … and then draw a number from a bowl. If the number on anyone’s ticket corresponds to the number drawn, he or she gets a prize.

This is an easy-to-implement idea that could add some fun and interest to your next firm retreat.  Just make certain you prepare your audience before the event so they can get their thinking caps on.

One Response to Implement an Idea Lottery
  1. Jason Mark Anderman
    January 11, 2012 | 8:58 pm

    This is a good idea. I also like the idea generation that occurs when a team engages in lean process mapping. This involves representing each step in a process (e.g., drafting and negotiating a software license agreement) with symbols and showing all alternative options. Once you do this, you’ll find your teammates have all sorts of great ideas for excising wasteful steps and making your processes more efficient.

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