Strategic Thinking Exercise – Who Can You Trust?
JANUARY 11, 2017
jotted down the questions since I saw them as a strong strategic thinking exercise. Strategic Thinking Exercise for Determining Trustworthiness. Applying this Strategic Thinking Exercise Broadly. This is a great example of a simple strategic thinking exercise to speed and sharpen decision making. Benevolence? Ability? Integrity? Consistency?
Strategic Thinking 101: Strategy Is The Answer to These 5 Questions
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
entrepreneurship Innovation Leadership Strategy Ford Motor Company strategic thinkingThe President and CEO for Ford Motor Company, Mark Fields, had a conference where he spoke about Ford entering the self-driving car race in 2021 hoping to establish Ford as a leader in this field. In order to make any investment they go through 3 simple questions: Where do we want to play?
5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Reimagining the Organization
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
You and others on your senior management team are beginning to see that strategic reality. How, if you are facing this situation, can you initiate a conversation with strategic thinking questions safe enough to raise the issue? Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Reimagining the Organization. Stimulate fresh thinking. Mike Brown.
9 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Strategic Conversations
NOVEMBER 25, 2015
The previous Brainzooming article was on listening for strategic insights in order to not waste strategic conversations. If you understand the types of information you need to develop a strategic plan, you can often get a jump start on completing it simply by listening closely to strategic conversations for valuable input. This is the flip of that post.
6 Guidelines for a Great Strategic Thinking Workshop
MARCH 17, 2016
We put this infographic together for a client today to distill The Brainzooming Group approach into a few images depicting what we do to pave the way for a great strategic thinking workshop. Guidelines for a Great Strategic Thinking Workshop. Sharing Ideas Openly and Actively. Writing, not Just Saying, Ideas. Building on Ideas in Great Ways. Narrowing Ideas.
Strategic Thinking Skills – What Does Your Analysis Style Look Like?
MAY 18, 2016
During a strategic thinking skills workshop for a client, we shared ideas for taking information from varied sources and identifying strategic themes. The picture represents two approaches to strategic thinking skills that analysts I’ve met throughout my career display. Brainzooming - All Posts Creativity Performance Strategic Thinking Tools Analysis Insights
Strategic Thinking Exercise – Switch the Characters Around
OCTOBER 7, 2016
We frequently facilitate a strategic thinking exercise that uses a character outside a situation as the perspective. There’s no guarantee this strategic thinking exercise works in every situation. Brainzooming - All Posts Creativity Innovation Insights Strategic Thinking Tools strategic thinking exerciseHere’s how it works.
Strategic Thinking – What do you LOVE about your business?
JANUARY 7, 2016
Yes, I’m serious about that strategic thinking question. If you struggle with those questions, take a time out right away and do the strategic thinking needed to get back in touch with the love in what you do. What brought this up was a planning and strategic thinking workshop we were conducting for a business-to-business client. HUGE MISTAKE.
Strategic Thinking Exercise – A SWOT Analysis to Push Thinking
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Yesterday’s post on using a new type of SWOT analysis to stimulate bolder strategic conversations in strategy meetings garnered quite a bit of attention. It received enough attention that we decided to share an additional strategic thinking exercise that puts a twist on the typical SWOT analysis. Staying well ahead of competitors’ most important strategic moves ?
Strategic Thinking Exercise – 4 Ways to Examine Brand Performance
JANUARY 11, 2016
Here’s an idea for a new strategic thinking exercise that can be a big help. Ways to Examine Brand Performance as a Strategic Thinking Exercise. It struck me how a comparable concept (an Examination of Brand Performance) would be helpful as a strategic thinking exercise for monitoring your organization or brand progress throughout the year.
Strategic Thinking Questions – An Early Checkpoint for this Year
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
That’s why instead of typing out nine strategic thinking questions from various business conversations (and contemplations) so far this week, I decided to Sharpie marker and share them with you in this image. These are strategic thinking questions our clients are asking. Download our FREE eBook: The 600 Most Powerful Strategic Planning Questions. Innovation.
Strategic Thinking Exercises – Why Do We Give Away So Much for Free?
OCTOBER 6, 2015
We, however, routinely share how we do things via our methodology, tools, and learnings from Brainzooming strategic thinking workshops. Why Do We Give Away So Many Strategic Thinking Exercises? And by the way, here are the most frequently referenced compilations: Strategic Thinking Exercises – More than 200 Strategic Planning Questions.
26 Strategic Thinking Questions to Truly Understand Yourself
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Late at night while reading the daily mass readings for the next day and thinking about how one can better understand oneself, I started writing. This list of strategic thinking questions emerged. Strategic thinking questions aren’t only for businesses and organizations. 26 Strategic Thinking Questions to Truly Understand Yourself. Mike Brown.
7 Strategic Thinking Questions When Things Aren’t Working
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Strategic Thinking Questions When Things Aren’t Working. When things took an unexpected turn the other day, I mentally flew through various strategic thinking questions trying to comes up with ideas to adjust what we were doing. Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders are looking for powerful ways to engage strong collaborators to shape shared visions.
Strategic Thinking Exercise – An Alternative Vision Statement Approach
FEBRUARY 22, 2016
During in-person and online strategic planning workshops , we regularly use a strategic thinking exercise that helps leadership groups quickly identify a shared future vision statement. Participants assess where they think the organization currently is and where they want it to be in the future on multiple “strategic dimensions.” So we pushed back.
9 Big Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Addressing Now
JULY 6, 2016
This time of year, preparing for upcoming strategic planning exercises may seem like something far in the future. Whether strategic planning is months away or close at hand, however, it’s always smart to get a head start tackling big strategic thinking questions that warrant in-depth consideration. 10 Keys to Engaging Employees to Improve Strategic Results.
Strategic Thinking – The Smartest Things You Could Do, But Don’t
MARCH 31, 2016
We (and by “we” I mean “I”) would like to believe we’re strong at strategic thinking in business. And an appreciation of strategic thinking from a business perspective SHOULD extend over into ALL the decisions we make. With strategic thinking, it’s often so much easier to apply it to other organizations and people than to our own situation. Here you go.
Strategic Thinking – 4 Strategies for Successful Remote Collaboration
MARCH 30, 2016
In its “Inside the Executive Suite” newsletter, Armada Corporate Intelligence featured a recap and expansion on a Wall Street Journal article called “Win Over a Remote Boss.” The prevalence of remote collaboration (and the new strategic thinking and other challenges those situations can create) prompted sharing the “Inside the Executive Suite” story here in an edited format.
Strategic Thinking Question – What’s your mirror?
OCTOBER 24, 2016
Here’s the strategic thinking question I saw in that moment: Where are your mirrors? Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders are looking for powerful ways to engage strong collaborators to shape shared visions. They need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results. Brainzooming - All Posts Strategic Thinking Tools
Strategic Thinking on 4 Years of Hoping and Praying
JANUARY 20, 2017
Strategically, it’s smart to avoid experiments at the top of any organization, but this is what we’re facing. . Pick your position, do your strategic thinking, and start creating positive change — today! – Mike Brown. A new national experiment begins. How will this experiment unfold? Will it be like having a turnaround CEO at the top ?
7 Strategic Thinking Questions – What Happens on the Way to Your Brand?
JANUARY 13, 2016
Louis arch, however, it suggests multiple strategic thinking questions you can ask for your brand’s success. Strategic Thinking Questions on the Way to Your Brand? These seven strategic thinking questions focus on what happens to your customers on the way to your brand. Rapidly deploy effective strategic thinking exercises to spur innovation.
Strategic Thinking – Time for A Moment of Reflection
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
Related posts Being Thankful for the Blessings in the Challenging Parts of Life A 9-11 Reflection Strategic Thinking Perspective – Keeping Only What’s Needed Creativity Prayer – Calling on a Higher Creative Power Visual Thinking – Organizing Content, Infographics, and “The Bible Timeline”. Brainzooming - All Posts Strategic Thinking Bible mass reflection
Strategic Thinking Workshop Success – Beware Too Much Creativity
APRIL 15, 2016
Interestingly, the most challenging situation for Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop success is when it includes TOO MANY individuals viewing themselves as creative. Having TOO MANY strong creative perspectives can tank the actionable results coming from a strategic thinking workshop more than having too few creative individuals. Yes, you read that right.
Strategic Thinking Questions – Teeter-Totter Rules of Life
DECEMBER 16, 2016
Here is a quickie strategic thinking question for you: If you saw your life as a teeter-totter, what rules of life would guide your behaviors and how you treat others? If teeter-totter rules of life guided your strategic thinking and actions, would you. We have many free Brainzooming strategic thinking eBooks to help navigate barriers and boost innovation!
Strategic Thinking Exercise – 17 Questions to Find Innovation Case Studies
MAY 19, 2016
While that might be a comforting perspective if you’re fond of business isolationism, it’s rarely true once you start to explore the business strategically. But given our unwillingness to settle for that easy answer, we created a rapid fire strategic thinking exercise to push for ideas. Strategic Thinking Exercise – 17 Questions to Find Innovation Case Studies.
Strategic Thinking Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas
APRIL 5, 2016
The objective was to help them become better strategic thinkers and marketers. It seems ridiculous to help a company become better at strategic thinking and marketing without being allowed to tell them how to do it. Strategic Thinking Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas. The answer could suggest their strategic thinking wasn’t effective in this situation.
Creative Thinking – 13 Unexpected Benefits of a Strategic Thinking Workshop
JUNE 8, 2016
Last week, we presented a creative and strategic thinking workshop for a Brainzooming reader who leads the national sales division of a global industrial manufacturer. We integrated the Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop into their annual sales meeting. While we did that, an early exercise during the strategic thinking workshop shaped the rest of the day.
Strategic Thinking Exercises – Doing the Impossible with Nothing?
APRIL 4, 2016
That was clearly Mother Angelica’s formula for EVERYTHING related to the network she started in 1981 with $200 and a TV studio in a garage. A New Add to Our Extreme Creativity Strategic Thinking Exercises. Thinking about the statement further and the audacity of trying to do “the impossible with nothing” suggested this idea was the ultimate in extreme creativity.
9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Innovative Ideas from Experts
OCTOBER 6, 2016
Strategic Thinking Questions – Innovative Ideas from Experts. Many of the strategic thinking questions we share help people imagine things that have never happened. Related posts Strategic Thinking Questions – What defines an Idea or a Product Name? We were on a hotel site visit to scout the location for an upcoming client conference.
Strategic Thinking Exercises – 11 Things Running through a Facilitator’s Head
DECEMBER 9, 2015
From a facilitation standpoint, it was the most arduous couple of days of going through strategic thinking exercises I recall. With groups changing out every few hours, there was a continual, tight window to get all the input we’d need to build out a strategic plan and timeline for our client’s strategic initiative. 11 Things Running through a Facilitator’s Head.
Strategic Thinking – Job Descriptions Don’t Define Innovation Potential
APRIL 20, 2016
asked them to engage in some strategic thinking about innovation opportunities for the company. They used that as a justification for opting out of strategic thinking. disabused them of the idea, however, that their narrow job descriptions were synonymous with narrow strategic thinking roles. The Strategic Thinking Lesson?
Strategic Thinking – 16 Ideas for Creating an Entrepreneurial Environment Inside Your Company
MAY 6, 2016
At the 2016 Brand Strategy Conference, Antonia Dean, Director – Marketing, Brand Development, & Strategy at The Estée Lauder Companies covered the strategic thinking ideas behind creating an entrepreneurial environment in a large company. 16 Strategic Thinking Ideas for Creating an Entrepreneurial Environment Inside Your Company. Building the Team.
Five Strategic Thinking Questions to Make this the “Year of No”
FEBRUARY 4, 2016
After consciously pursuing many new avenues the past few years, it is evident some very fundamental business capabilities aren’t receiving the attention they need. I’ve been thinking about what strategic thinking questions could help me stay more focused. Kate’s strategic thinking questions resonated with me, and I asked her for permission to share them here.
Strategic Planning Process – Creating a Workshop to Develop Strategy
JANUARY 31, 2017
Maybe you have done something similar before, or maybe you have never led a strategic planning process. Since this was a recent search topic here, we are sharing our recommendations for ideas on coordinating a strategic planning process workshop. Using structure, exercises, and strategic thinking questions effectively. Guidelines for a Great Strategic Thinking Workshop.
7 Important Creative Thinking Skills
JULY 18, 2016
During breaks, I found myself jotting down examples of important creative thinking skills the team was exhibiting. Important Creative Thinking Skills. These seven creative thinking skills demonstrated during the call are ones which benefit both those who display them and those working with them too: 1. It can open the way to getting others to support your thinking, as well. 2.
Strategic Planning Exercises – 10 Questions You Must Consider
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
We’re getting a lot of questions currently about identifying the right strategic planning exercises. 10 Questions You Must Consider about Strategic Planning Exercises. What are the strategic decisions the plan must support? These questions will help you evaluate the right types of strategic planning exercises. Stimulate fresh thinking. If so, what is it?
Strategic Planning Workshop Ideas – The Brainzooming Process Is 10 Years Old!
JUNE 20, 2016
We introduced the first Brainzooming strategic planning workshop resembling what we do today as The Brainzooming Group ten years ago, June 19-20, 2006. The First Brainzooming Strategic Planning Workshop. I met Chuck Dymer, the Brilliance Activator , in the mid-1990s. Chuck facilitated multiple engaging, high-energy strategic innovation sessions for us at Yellow Corporation.
Change Management Strategy – 35 Articles for Your Change Agent Role
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
13-Point Strategic Change Management Checklist. Strategic Thinking about What to Keep and What to Creatively Change. Why Change Is Hard – 3 Strategic Thinking Ideas for Making Change Easy. Strategic Change Management in 1 or 2 steps? Creating Strategic Impact – Challenge and Change. Creating Strategic Impact – How to Start? Just Start!
Strategic Planning Techniques – 2 Questions that Don’t Work in Groups
MARCH 15, 2016
I’ve mentioned my surprise upon realizing strategic planning techniques The Brainzooming Group uses seem to have emerged from Bible passages. You’re probably asking how this story has anything to do with Brainzooming strategic planning techniques? Sometimes the strategic thinking best approach involves a large, in-person group. Brainzooming Has an Answer!
Strategic Thinking – 6 Ideas to Put a List in Order
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
We have been working with a client that had done a lot of strategic thinking about a new initiative. Because of this, the list was worthless for doing what I suspect everyone hoped it would do: provide a starting point for the strategic thinking needed to back into a definition of and explanation for what the new initiative would turn out to be. From Latest to Earliest.