Even the most experienced leaders may stumble when it comes to facilitating an effective virtual brainstorming session. Many of the pitfalls of in-person brainstorms — you know, where everyone sits in silence for an hour, or the loudest voices in the room derail the conversation — become even more apparent in a virtual environment, with issues like latency and fewer nonverbal cues to rely on.
But, there’s also enormous potential in virtual brainstorming, thanks to the wealth of tools and platforms at our fingertips and the ability to bring participants together from anywhere in the world. The virtual exchange of ideas is a foundational part of the online “Learn, Engage, Accelerate, Disrupt” (LEAD) program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business (GSB).
Stanford GSB Online Learning Manager, Delia Davila, and Associate Director of Executive Online Courses, Megan Pearse, shared tips and insights to make your next virtual brainstorming session more effective.