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Ideation

What is 'Ideation'

Ideation is the process of forming and relating ideas, oftentimes in a business setting. It is used to describe the sequence of thought, from idea generation to idea implementation, which is the result of mental activity that can be based on past or present knowledge, thoughts, opinions, convictions or principles. Ideation is meant to conceptualize an idea and is the thought processes involved in apprehending and expressing a new concept, sometimes in a graphical or other similar depiction.

Explaining 'Ideation'

Simply put, ideation is the literal action of forming ideas. It is made up of each and every process used by a person to take an idea from its moment of conception to its real-world application and implementation. Ideas and the act of ideating can come from anyone within a business or organization. These people include employees, managers, customers, partners and stakeholders, and the actual ideation can come from brainstorming sessions, online forums, collaboration tools, surveys and social media.

The General Ideation Process

The ideation process is not a hard rule. However, there are general guidelines people follow to help them maximize the effectiveness of ideation and the solutions it generates. First and foremost, ideation does not necessarily start with an idea. Typically, it starts with a problem that needs to be solved. Therefore, it is important to first clearly define the problem and understand its underlying factors, such as the industry, business environment, customer needs, budget constraints and more.


Further Reading


Impact of economic hardship and financial threat on suicide ideation and confusion
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… rate reached an all-time high in 2012 at 16.90% (Trading Economics, 2013) … fear and anxious-uncertainty about the security and stability of one's personal finances, perceived financial … threat is associated with psychological distress outcomes such as suicide ideation and states …

Correlates of suicidal ideation and attempt among female sex workers in ChinaCorrelates of suicidal ideation and attempt among female sex workers in China
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… rate reached an all-time high in 2012 at 16.90% (Trading Economics, 2013) … fear and anxious-uncertainty about the security and stability of one's personal finances, perceived financial … threat is associated with psychological distress outcomes such as suicide ideation and states …

Suicidal ideation and resilience in family carers of people with dementia: A pilot qualitative studySuicidal ideation and resilience in family carers of people with dementia: A pilot qualitative study
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… rate reached an all-time high in 2012 at 16.90% (Trading Economics, 2013) … fear and anxious-uncertainty about the security and stability of one's personal finances, perceived financial … threat is associated with psychological distress outcomes such as suicide ideation and states …

Suicide ideation among college students: A multivariate analysisSuicide ideation among college students: A multivariate analysis
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… rate reached an all-time high in 2012 at 16.90% (Trading Economics, 2013) … fear and anxious-uncertainty about the security and stability of one's personal finances, perceived financial … threat is associated with psychological distress outcomes such as suicide ideation and states …

Resilience among men farmers: the protective roles of social support and sense of belonging in the depression-suicidal ideation relationResilience among men farmers: the protective roles of social support and sense of belonging in the depression-suicidal ideation relation
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… rate reached an all-time high in 2012 at 16.90% (Trading Economics, 2013) … fear and anxious-uncertainty about the security and stability of one's personal finances, perceived financial … threat is associated with psychological distress outcomes such as suicide ideation and states …

Depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation among Irish undergraduate college studentsDepressive symptoms and suicidal ideation among Irish undergraduate college students
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… rate reached an all-time high in 2012 at 16.90% (Trading Economics, 2013) … fear and anxious-uncertainty about the security and stability of one's personal finances, perceived financial … threat is associated with psychological distress outcomes such as suicide ideation and states …

Risk factors for suicide ideation and attempts among pathological gamblersRisk factors for suicide ideation and attempts among pathological gamblers
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… rate reached an all-time high in 2012 at 16.90% (Trading Economics, 2013) … fear and anxious-uncertainty about the security and stability of one's personal finances, perceived financial … threat is associated with psychological distress outcomes such as suicide ideation and states …

Relationship between annual household income and suicidal ideation: a cross-sectional studyRelationship between annual household income and suicidal ideation: a cross-sectional study
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… rate reached an all-time high in 2012 at 16.90% (Trading Economics, 2013) … fear and anxious-uncertainty about the security and stability of one's personal finances, perceived financial … threat is associated with psychological distress outcomes such as suicide ideation and states …

Optimism and suicide ideation among young adult college studentsOptimism and suicide ideation among young adult college students
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… rate reached an all-time high in 2012 at 16.90% (Trading Economics, 2013) … fear and anxious-uncertainty about the security and stability of one's personal finances, perceived financial … threat is associated with psychological distress outcomes such as suicide ideation and states …



Q&A About Ideation


How does a hostile environment affect ideation?

A hostile environment makes employees feel uncomfortable about sharing their ideas in fear of being ridiculed by others or even fired from their jobs.

Why is it important to have a good idea generation process?

It helps businesses come up with innovative solutions that can help them grow.

How does groupthink affect ideation?

Groupthink causes people to conform without considering different opinions which may lead them to miss out on great opportunities for innovation .

What are some barriers to ideation?

Hostile environment, vague goals, closed-minded individuals, groupthink, people-pleasers, ego, inexperienced teams and pessimism.

How does ego affect ideation ?

Ego affects creativity because when someone thinks that he or she has all the answers , he or she will not listen to suggestions made by others .

What is ideation?

Ideation refers to the process of generating ideas.

How do vague goals affect ideation?

Vague goals make it hard for employees to know what they should be doing and how they should be doing it which makes it difficult for them to generate new ideas.

What should you do first when coming up with solutions for problems?

First define the problem clearly before trying to solve it. This helps you understand its underlying factors such as industry environment customer needs budget constraints etc.

How does closed-mindedness affect ideation?

Closed-mindedness prevents people from considering other options and thinking outside the box which can prevent them from coming up with new ideas.

Who can come up with ideas for an organization?

Anyone within a business or organization can come up with ideas, including employees, managers, customers, partners and stakeholders.

How does ideation work?

Ideation works through brainstorming sessions, online forums, collaboration tools, surveys and social media.

How do people pleasers affect ideation ?

People pleasers tend not share their thoughts because they want everyone else in the room happy so they will not offend anyone . This prevents them from contributing any valuable input into the discussion .

What is meant by the phrase "the thought processes involved in apprehending and expressing a new concept"?

The thought processes involved in apprehending and expressing a new concept are meant to conceptualize an idea.