Strategic Thinking Exercise – Switch the Characters Around

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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.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – Use a New SWOT Nobody Expects

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Here is a way you can turn a typical strategic thinking exercise into something new and fun that both adds variety to your strategy meeting AND could trigger some new ideas to get our strategy out of a rut! Use a New SWOT Strategic Thinking Exercise Nobody Expects.

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9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Innovative Ideas from Experts

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9 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?

Strategic Thinking Exercise – 17 Questions to Find Innovation Case Studies

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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 Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas

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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.

Creative Thinking – 13 Unexpected Benefits of a Strategic Thinking Workshop

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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.

Strategic Thinking Questions – Teeter-Totter Rules of Life

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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.

Strategic Thinking – Job Descriptions Don’t Define Innovation Potential

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I 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. The Strategic Thinking Lesson?

Strategic Thinking Exercise – An Alternative Vision Statement Approach

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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. Pushing Back on a Strategic Thinking Exercise.

Strategic Thinking Skills – What Does Your Analysis Style Look Like?

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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.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – 4 Ways to Examine Brand Performance

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Here’s an idea for a new strategic thinking exercise that can be a big help. 4 Ways to Examine Brand Performance as a Strategic Thinking Exercise. This is definitely a strategic thinking exercise idea from the Brainzooming R&D lab.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – Doing the Impossible with Nothing?

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That would definitely take extreme creativity ! On Easter Sunday 2016, Mother Mary Angelica, the Foundress of the EWTN Network, the Catholic media organization , passed away at the age of 92. A New Add to Our Extreme Creativity Strategic Thinking Exercises.

Strategic Thinking – What do you LOVE about your business?

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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 do you LOVE about your business?

7 Strategic Thinking Questions – What Happens on the Way to Your Brand?

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Louis arch, however, it suggests multiple strategic thinking questions you can ask for your brand’s success. 7 Strategic Thinking Questions on the Way to Your Brand? Run through these seven strategic thinking questions and see what possibilities your answers suggest.

Strategic Thinking – The Smartest Things You Could Do, But Don’t

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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.

Strategic Thinking – 16 Ideas for Creating an Entrepreneurial Environment Inside Your Company

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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.

Strategic Thinking – Time for A Moment of Reflection

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Brainzooming - All Posts Strategic Thinking Bible mass reflectionAs the election season in the United States draws to a close, it’s time for a moment of reflection. Here’s what I have to offer. Time for A Moment of Reflection. I lector at 6:30 a.m. mass nearly every Tuesday.

6 Guidelines for a Great Strategic Thinking Workshop

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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. 6 Guidelines for a Great Strategic Thinking Workshop.

Creative Diversity – What group will drive implementation success?

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I attended a presentation on cultivating a creative culture delivered by Michael Perman, formerly of Gap, at The Marketing Conference last week in San Francisco. During his keynote, Perman discussed twenty-plus three-day creativity sessions he organized while at Gap.

7 Expectations from Creative Thinking Workshop Training

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What are your expectations from a creative thinking workshop? That is the first question I ask the audience at a Brainzooming creative thinking workshop. 7 Expectations from Creative Thinking Workshop Training. What’s the life cycle of creative ideas?

1 Startling Way Creative Thinking Exercises Constrain New Ideas

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Delivering a creative thinking workshop , I was eavesdropping on conversations at five tables full of attendees. One group was starting to use one of our creative thinking exercises. They should inspire, not limit thinking.

Creative Thinking Skills – 9 Fundamentals to Turn Talk into Strategy

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9 Creative Thinking Skills to Turn Talk into Strategy. Tie the comments to a structure that’s familiar , already sold in, popular with many people, or classically strategic. There may also be equally important creative thinking skills not included on the list.

Strategic Planning Exercises – Asking Questions People Can Answer

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That is evidenced by our web traffic as searches for effective strategic planning exercises and effective strategy meetings jump. Invariably, executives are seeking information on strategic thinking exercises suited to making strategic planning participants more effective and successful.

Creative Quickies – A Vital New Product Development Question to Ask

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There are soooooooooooooo many ways to generate creative ideas. Since the idea worked, however, we’re running with the concept and resurrecting a feature name we haven’t used for quite some time: Creative Quickies.

Creative Quickies – What Innovation Strategy Superpower Do You Wield?

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If you invest the time to collect and use the ones that work for you, you can bring your innovation strategy superpower to life via all the creativity questions and strategic thinking exercises on the Brainzooming blog!

Creative Quickies – Delivering the Brand Promise No Competitor Does

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One competitive response is to try to explain to customers why they don’t really need what they think they need. The right combination of outside perspectives and productive strategic thinking exercises enables your brand to ideate, prioritize, and propel innovative growth.

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7 Important Creative Thinking Skills

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We were on a call with an extended creative team generating ideas for client videos. During breaks, I found myself jotting down examples of important creative thinking skills the team was exhibiting. 7 Important Creative Thinking Skills.

Creative Thinking Skills and Place with Chuck Dymer at The IdeaLoft

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Chuck has been an incredible influence on my career, especially as it comes to creative thinking skills. Chuck was the first person I heard deliver an in-depth presentation on creative thinking skills. Creative Thinking Skills and Place with Chuck Dymer.

Creative Thinking Skills – Protecting Yourself from Creative Thinking Challenges

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Sometimes creative thinking challenges come from inside your own head. In many organizations, however, substantial creative thinking challenges come from leaders and cultures that may say they want new thinking, but seem to do everything they can to scuttle creativity.

Strategic Planning Process Ideas –  9 Ways to Keep Things Fresh

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Someone downloading the new 11 Ideas for Fun Strategic Planning eBook when we released it stated his biggest strategy challenge as coming up with fresh ways to do the same strategic planning exercises with the same executives every year.

Creative Thinking Skills – A Simple Way to Boost Creativity

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We were working with a client and sharing the value of our extreme creativity strategic exercises to boost creative thinking skills. It’s the same with inspiring creative ideas. a clean sheet of paper) provides little creative inspiration.

11 Ideas for Fun Strategic Planning Activities – Our Latest FREE eBook

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Fun Strategic Planning Activities? You may wonder if we are nuts talking about the idea of fun strategic planning. The more typical adjectives that come to mind when you think about strategy planning in your organization likely include: Tedious.

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Creative Thinking Skills – 10 Ideas for Stimulating Extreme Team Creativity

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We’re developing a strategic thinking webinar for a client on cultivating and sustaining creativity among its salesforce. Part of the creative thinking skills content will come via our Idea Magnets material. Giving “One” for Team Creativity.

Strategic Planning Workshop Ideas – The Brainzooming Process Is 10 Years Old!

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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. Chuck’s creativity techniques and helped us generate tons of ideas.

Looking to a Greater Power

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What Barbara relates is another helpful part of the reflection and need to move forward that is the air right now: Mike and team, First, I want to say thanks for your blog and plethora of articles on strategic planning.

Innovation Strategy – 6 Ideas Better than “Clean Sheet of Paper” Creativity

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“Let’s start with a clean sheet of paper to boost creativity.”. We listened to the rationale for adopting an innovation strategy based on broad creative freedom. In many ways, it seemed to make sense: They are looking for new thinking from a diverse set of participants.

Creative Quickies – Taking Both Business Strategy Paths at Once

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When we started developing our varied extreme creativity questions and exercises to drive bolder business strategy, however, one of the approaches was to actively consider that an organization isn’t going to make choices.

13 Characteristics of a Likable Personality

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Learn all about how Mike Brown’s workshops on creative leadership can boost your team’s success! Related posts Creative Leadership – Do Idea Magnets Get a Pass on Empathy? Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Performance Strategic Thinking creative leaders life lessons

Customer Experience Strategy – Brand Expectations and Experience

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This customer experience strategy framework is a variation on how we’ve been thinking for years about developing memorable event experiences. Rapidly deploy effective strategic thinking exercises to spur innovation.

Strategic Visioning Exercises – 14 Articles for Creating a Vision Statement

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The search term “strategic visioning exercises” has been consistently near the top recently for what has bringing people to the Brainzooming website. 14 Articles on Strategic Visioning Exercises. These fourteen articles recap our thinking and recommendations across these three areas.

15 Things to Look for in a Business Collaboration

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Shame on me, but I’ve never put the criteria I look for from a business collaboration into the type of strategic decision making tool we develop for clients. With an event-based collaboration, it provides opportunities to extend it in strategically smart ways.

Content Marketing Strategy – 2 Ways to Decide What to Write When

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I’ve just signed on to speak at the 2016 Social Media Strategy Summit in Las Vegas. It highlighted that “innovation” is a popular topic throughout the year, and confirmed that “strategic planning” is most popular during the late summer and early fall months.

Strategic Planning – 3 Surprising Ways Online Collaboration Works

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We’re big proponents of the value of bringing together a diverse group of people with varied creative thinking skills for strategic planning workshops within organizations and communities. Sometimes we use online collaboration within an in-person strategic planning workshop.