Brainstorming for Enhanced Results

Written by Virginia Reeves

This powerful technique for problem-solving and idea generation puts you in touch with imaginative capabilities by tapping into ideas that might be buried or just waiting onrepparttar edge to be released.

The primary purposes of gathering to brainstorm are to take a flexible look at solving a problem, overcoming an obstacle, creating a plan for a new endeavor, and overall increasingrepparttar 101857 power of teamwork.

With greater openness - communication and cooperation amongrepparttar 101858 participants tends to increase. More than one possibility, solution, or perspective is put forth which enhancesrepparttar 101859 probability that a better end product or service will result.

Once people are encouraged to share ideas without fear or censure, judgment, or immediate evaluation - creative abilities flourish. The quality of ideas rises and one idea tends to trigger another. This is often referred to as synergy. It is also good to include people from several arenas to gain more variety.

Too often, in work and community organizations,repparttar 101860 people who will be directly affected by a change are not asked to participate inrepparttar 101861 planning stages. This could lead to an end result that may not be as effective as it could have been - or worse - may be resented because it is impractical or because of it being viewed as a forced implementation. This certainly will not lead to a smooth transition or good morale.

Overcoming resistance to change is enhanced when more people have a stake inrepparttar 101862 planning and outcome. A stronger feeling of ownership emerges which leads to an easier and more successful implementation.

Are you OVER paying your mechanic?

Written by Austin C. Davis

Reader Question: I am on a tight budget, should I tell my mechanic how much I can afford to spend?

Dear concerned car owner,

Do you like to take your car in for repairs? Do you ever feel like you were cheated or taken advantage of byrepparttar shop or their mechanics? Do you know it could be what you are saying torepparttar 101856 repair shop that could be costing you more? Most auto repair shops are run by honest hard-working people but in some circumstances you may bring outrepparttar 101857 dark side at some shops.

For instance, never tellrepparttar 101858 shop how much you are willing to spend without first getting an explanation of what you are going to have done. When you giverepparttar 101859 shop a “spending limit” they may have a tendency to do as little as possible but will manage to spend up to your limit. For example, a woman came into my shop and told me she had $500 to spend. She did not start off her conversation with "hello", or "can you fix my car", all she said was how much money she wanted to give me.

Now granted, it is nice to have people come intorepparttar 101860 shop and actually like to pay their bills, but this lady gave me a spending limit before she told me what she wanted to have fixed. She thought she had transmission trouble and assumed that it would cost her a fortune to repair. While on a test drive with her I concluded thatrepparttar 101861 problem was not transmission-related, but thatrepparttar 101862 car probably needed a tune up or something along those lines.

But wait, this person wanted to give me $500! If I was not an honest shop owner, I would have remained quiet onrepparttar 101863 test drive and takenrepparttar 101864 money that she was willing to pay. Let's say that I told this customer that I could fix her car because I am a nice guy and since she only had $500 to spend I would try to help her out as much as I could. In reality,repparttar 101865 actual repairs needed would have only cost $200.

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