by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisors.’ Proverbs 24:6 NIV

Planning for any major event is wise and so is gaining from the experience of others. Solomon said, ‘With the right strategy you can wage war, and with many advisers there is victory.’ (Proverbs 24:6 GWT) There are people around who qualify as both wise and experienced so seek them out and learn from them. When it comes to working as a team, get together and brainstorm. Make sure there are no limits, boundaries, or even money constraints. The purpose is to get everything out. You never know what idea is going to help, so don’t limit yourself to what you think is possible or affordable. Keep a list of the ideas. That will help when you go back to review them.

Another suggestion is to hang a poster board on a wall and have people randomly write their ideas on it. It keeps ideas pumping and momentum marching forward. And remember to create a forum where criticism isn’t allowed. If someone pops up with an idea and you call it stupid or unworkable, chances are, it will be the last one you get from them. And who knows, their idea may have been the big one that provides a future strategy for the most successful event.

Another word of advice: limit your brainstorming sessions to an hour. Alfred Hitchcock famously quipped, ‘The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder!’ It’s better to have shorter sessions, respect people’s time, thank them for their input, then ruminate on what you’ve discussed and get together again later.

SoulFood: Lam 3:40–5:22, Luke 17:1–10, Ps 119:129–136, Pr 18:21

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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