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If a team is stuck, it’s good to mix up the method. When discussions don’t seem to be going anywhere, try using a kinesthetic method like Multi-voting (n/3) to get people off their seat, up at a flip chart and using sticky dots or markers to vote.

Another great method involving movement is “Fist-to-Five” which allows people to indicate their level of support for an idea with their hands. Both methods give people a break from talking which can help spark new ideas or change people’s mindsets.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at GoLeanSixSigma.com. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.