Many management words and jargons currently used in the modern corporate world were practiced in India ages ago. One of them is the concept of ‘brainstorming’.
Kautilya in Arthashastra gives us a step by step formula on how to conduct a brainstorming session. It can be used not only for crisis management but also for the creation of new ideas and innovative thinking. These tips can also be followed by project managers in order to effectively use the skills of their team members.
He says, “In an urgent matter, he should call together the councillors as well as the council of ministers and ask them. What the majority among them declare or what is conducive to the success of the work that he (leader) should do.” (1.15.58-59)
Call a meeting
Whenever there is any important or urgent matter to be resolved, the first step is to call a meeting of the team members and advisors. One can involve not only the managers but also the non-managerial staff, as well as external experts to join the discussion.
The leader should be very clear about the ‘particular issue’ that he is seeking a solution for. If the important issue is not brought into ‘focus’ properly, it will be like a blind person leading the blind. One finds that without direction and planning many meetings just land up as a waste of time. Therefore “ASK” them the right questions.