BRAIN FOOD: It just might work - Give your ideas an audition

BRAIN FOOD: It just might work - Give your ideas an audition - Do you want (and who doesn't?) to make meetings work faster, better or at all? Then go to the OPERA. This is the acronym that Kari Helin of the Finnish consultancy Innotiimi applies. Start wit

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Do you want (and who doesn't?) to make meetings work faster, better or at all? Then go to the OPERA. This is the acronym that Kari Helin of the Finnish consultancy Innotiimi applies. Start with 'Own suggestions': everybody gets five minutes to write down their ideas. Another five to 10 minutes goes on 'Pair suggestions', in which each twosome discusses, say, the four best proposals (only one of their own). In the 'Explanation' stage (another 10 minutes), the best ideas are shared with the whole group ('No criticism,' says Helin firmly). Then comes 10 minutes of 'Ranking' the proposals. Finally, there are five minutes of 'Arranging' groups' similar ideas. After 45 minutes, OPERA has made sweet participatory music. There's one absolute rule: nobody leaves till the fat lady sings.

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