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Boston Consulting Group’s Luc de Brabandere, who investigates leading-edge ideas for executives, says a successful brainstorming session is not a meeting at which a new concept arises but one where an existing concept suddenly makes a lot of sense to a lot of people. – BCG Perspectives

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Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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