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Strategic Thinking Exercise – Who Can You Trust?

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I jotted down the questions since I saw them as a strong strategic thinking exercise. A 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. What’s even better about these four strategic thinking questions?

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9 Strategic Thinking Skills to Create Clarity for Great Ideas

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That’s when having the strategic thinking skills to extract the great ideas from everything else is so vital to them seeing the light of day and getting the consideration they deserve. 9 Strategic Thinking Skills to Create Clarity for Great Ideas. Thinking about some of the strategic thinking skills involved in that task, here is a handy checklist you can use with yourself and others to see how adept you (or they) are at surfacing great ideas.

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Strategic Thinking Questions – An Early Checkpoint for this Year

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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. I needed a new way to express myself last night.

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Thinking Strategically – 32 Ideas for a Strategic Thinking-Friendly Office

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What could you do to your boring office so you and others are thinking strategically more readily and effectively? Someone searched and came to the Brainzooming.com website looking for strategic thinking in the office examples. While we have a post on doing thinking strategically without leaving the office , we don’t have anything on how the physical surroundings of an office can boost strategic thinking. Strategic Inputs.

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5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Reimagining the Organization 

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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? 5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Reimagining the Organization. Using today as a starting point, reimagine specific strategic aspects, one at a time, to initiate the conversation. Stimulate fresh thinking.

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4 Strategic Thinking Exercises to Envision Future Strategy

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How can you develop strategic thinking exercises to envision the future when it’s so easy to let previous experience cloud your imagination? In an a mid-August 2017 article in The Wall Street Journal , Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, Inc., Romano shared an important insight into the challenge of developing strategic thinking exercises to envision future strategy: “Until you drive an EV, you are colored by 135 years of going to the gas station.

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A Strategic Thinking Framework Is Better than an Answer

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Or you receive confirmation from a speaker that what you have been thinking is right (or pretty close to right), and you can take that back to the office and tell the boss. A Strategic Thinking Framework Is Better than an Answer, Really! Instead, I include lots of strategic thinking frameworks for decision making. While these strategic thinking frameworks aren’t answers, they allow you to quickly develop answers even in areas where you lack experience.

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8 Strategic Thinking Experiment Starters for Anticipating the Class of 2025

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Matt Britton, a millennial generation expert , spoke about the anticipating the Class of 2025 as the keynote speaker on the closing day of the October 2017 Social Media Strategies Summit in New York. His keynote got us thinking about how today’s ten-year-olds (the Class of 2025) will change the landscape for brands, following in the wake of the impact millennials have created. A Future-Looking Strategic Thinking Experiment. Old Hat, Old Thinking, or Both?

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Branding Strategy – A Strategic Thinking Question to Add New Value

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One way to look at your branding strategy to identify new value opportunities is to ask this strategic thinking question: What mistakes are customers prone to make before and after they work with us, and how can we eliminate (maybe even guarantee to eliminate) any of those mistakes? Think about this opportunity if you’re a vehicle graphics company. Spend fifteen minutes today thinking about the dumb mistakes that happen before and after what you do.

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The Power of Positive Thinking Plus Strategic Thinking Questions

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My dad was a huge believer in The Power of Positive Thinking. I think that book, by Norman Vincent Peale (affiliate link) was the first self-help book he tried to get me to read. For some reason, I particularly resisted The Power of Positive Thinking , although I’m hard pressed to say why. For whatever reason, though, I do not think I ever read the book in its entirety. The Power of Positive Thinking Plus Strategic Thinking Questions.

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Agile Strategy – 16 Strategic Thinking Questions to Explore Disruptive Innovation

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Along with the recap, Inside the Executive Suite offered sixteen strategic thinking questions inspired by the Fanatics case study that you can use to explore agile strategy options within your own organization. We thought the list was intriguing, so we secured the go ahead to share the strategic thinking questions with you here. 16 Strategic Thinking Questions to Explore Agile Strategy and Disruptive Innovation.

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Creative vs. Strategic Thinking: What’s The Difference?

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There are two distinct (though complementary) ways to work through a problem and develop a solution: we might label them ‘creative thinking’ and ‘strategic thinking’. There are many possible definitions for these two modes of thought, but practically you can think of them in terms of the following principles… The key principles of creative thinking Take your time: a creative thought can strike any time, day or night.

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Strategic Thinking: Short-Term Weakness, Long-Term Strength

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We mentioned how frequently we’re being asked to incorporate uncertainty into Brainzooming creativity and strategic thinking presentations. We have considerable content on moving forward amid uncertainty (including the 4 Strategies for Implementing in Uncertain Times eBook), and we’re developing additional strategic thinking pieces on uncertainty and flexibility.

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Strategic Thinking Exercise – 18 Ideas to Re-imagine a Threatened Business Model

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Before an impending purge of The Wall Street Journal back issues in my office, I reviewed an article from a late December 2017 issue: The New Age of Bespoke Travel. The article inspired a laundry list of strategic thinking exercise prompts to re-imagine a threatened business model when your service offering is under assault from online offerings, bots, or some other form of complete automation. A New Strategic Thinking Exercise.

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Strategic Thinking on 4 Years of Hoping and Praying

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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. Related posts Praying for Creativity Strategic Living – Integrating Spiritual and Business Lives as an Entrepreneur C-Level Executives and Ethical Missteps – W W WYTYATHTYCEO D? A new national experiment begins.

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Strategic Thinking Skills – 5 Keys to Leading Groups to Action

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What strategic thinking skills are important in helping find agreement for action amid a big, unstructured conversation? 5 Strategic Thinking Skills to Lead Groups to Action. Here are five strategic thinking skills you can employ in comparable group situations: Listen for verbs. If you can find agreement there, it’s a powerful combination: the leader picking up on a more marginal player’s strategic thinking.

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Leadership Skills – 15 Ideas for Innovative Leadership in 2017

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We added supporting links on many of the points and wanted to share the ideas with you: Leadership Skills – 15 Ideas for Innovative Leadership in 2017. ” The article shares the thinking of ninety-six global business leaders on a variety of leadership skills. We wanted to highlight specific questions, recommendations, and challenges that seem particularly pertinent for leading strategically and innovatively in the year ahead.

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Innovation Strategy – 40 Articles on Fostering an Innovative Workplace Culture

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Articulating Your Strategic Innovation Direction in an Understandable Way. Strategic Thinking Questions to Identify What Matters for a Brand. Workplace Diversity – The Why, Who, and How of Strategic Thinking. Strategic Thinking Success – 3 Critical Thinking Perspectives. Strategic Thinking Perspectives – Three Strategic Voices to Include on Your Team. Creative Thinking – The Math of Brainstorming and New Ideas. #3

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The 6 Types of Strategic Planning Activities for a Workshop

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What types of strategic planning activities are in a strategic thinking workshop ? As we collaborate with a client to design strategic planning activities for a strategic thinking workshop , we explore various possibilities. The goal is making sure the strategic planning activities we select best match the organization, the objective, and the participants. 6 Potential Strategic Planning Activities for a Workshop.

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Strategic Planning Exercises – 7 Tools to Boost Strategic Impact

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We have released a host of eBooks on strategic planning exercises and ideas to increase collaboration, creative thinking, alignment, and successful implementation. In case you missed any Brainzooming strategy planning eBooks, here are seven to jump start your strategic planning exercises and better engage your team in shaping your organization’s direction. Results – Creating Strategic Impact (Download). 11 Fun Ideas for Strategic Planning (Download).

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Saving Hours with Strategic Planning Exercises Galore!

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How can you get the most mileage from the free strategic planning eBooks we regularly offer as downloads? We do not pretend to be able to imagine EVERY single situation where you might apply our strategic thinking exercises. Yet when we create new eBooks, our main goal is ensuring the content is heavy on ideas and tools you can apply to improve strategic thinking and implementation in your organization. Using Our Own Strategic Planning Exercises.

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3 Questions When the Innovation Strategy ROI Doesn’t Satisfy the Boss

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Download: FREE Innovation Strategic Thinking Fake Book. This new ebook features sixteen strategic thinking exercises to help you ideate, prioritize, and develop your best innovative growth ideas. Learn and rapidly deploy effective strategic thinking exercises to spur innovation. Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Creativity Innovation Performance Strategic Thinking Tools innovation opportunities innovation strategy

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Strategic Planning Exercises – 10 Questions You Must Consider

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We’re getting a lot of questions currently about identifying the right strategic planning exercises. 10 Questions You Must Consider about Strategic Planning Exercises. If you’re among the executives planning for strategic planning, no matter what time of year, you need to ask these ten questions as you consider the right strategic planning exercises and approaches to pursue: Do we know what the expected outcome needs to be? Stimulate fresh thinking.

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36 Articles to Explore Strategic Planning Process Activities

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Yesterday, we identified the six types of strategic planning process activities we use to design a client’s strategic thinking workshop. To facilitate you going deeper into thinking about how these activities function within a strategic planning process workshop, here are articles in each of the six areas. 6 Types of Strategic Planning Process Activities. Fun Strategic Planning Activities – Do you like answering ice breaker questions?

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Strategic Planning Process – Creating a Workshop to Develop Strategy

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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. Strategic Planning Process – Ideas for a Workshop to Develop Strategy. 11 Examples of Strategic Thinking without an Offsite Meeting.

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A Vital Change Management Strategy Role: Sharing an Innovation Vocabulary

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We were working with an organization on its future vision while facilitating its strategic planning process. As we worked on strategic thinking exercises to explore the company’s future vision and user experience, the change management strategy vocabulary the group used was conventional, unemotional, and lacking innovative thinking. In the exercise, the group cut words and images from magazines to express their depictions of various strategic concepts.

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Business Mentoring – Be Careful of Who Promises You Help

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I think this is supposed to (and can) be a good thing, but I have to tell you something. I say all this because I think a lot of people romanticize self-employment or entrepreneurship. ” It’s a horrible assumption, if you think about it. Brainzooming - All Posts Career Collaboration Guest author Performance Strategic Thinking mentoring

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Creating Strategic Impact – 4 Critical Factors for Successful Executives

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Emma Gibson forwarded an article from Harvard Business Review addressing four factors that distinguish top chief executive performers in creating strategic impact. 4 Critical Factors for Successful Executives in Creating Strategic Impact. For each characteristic, here are related Brainzooming articles with exercises and tips to improve your own performance creating strategic impact. Strategic Thinking Exercise – Simply Making Big Decisions.

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12 Reasons Budget Meetings Aren’t Strategic and 3 Ways to Fix Them

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While everyone hopes these meetings are smart, strategic, and have a meaningful impact on the business , that rarely seems to be the case. 12 Reasons Budget Meetings Aren’t Strategic. Too often, budget meetings aren’t strategic. They are handled out of context strategically , looking at the business by department instead of by initiative. Budget meetings are not integrated with strategic planning and business strategy. It’s that time.

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10 Cues to Identify Strategic Themes in Your Ideas

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Emma Alvarez Gibson and I were talking about identifying strategic themes within tens or hundreds of ideas from a strategic planning workshop or from thousands of comments within a survey. Other than a big dose of help from outside forces , what are dependable ways to identify meaningful strategic themes? As we chatted, I perused the Brainzooming website looking for articles on how we surface strategic themes. 10 Cues to Identify Strategic Themes among Ideas.

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1 Way to Spice Up Strategy with Surprising Strategic Planning Questions

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Looking for ways to spice up your organization’s strategic planning process before you lock into the same old strategy ideas shaped by your senior team’s conventional wisdom? Try asking surprising strategic planning questions to push your leadership team toward new thinking. Strategic Planning Questions that Create Surprise. That’s where unusual strategic thinking questions provide an element of surprise when developing strategy.

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10 Questions to Identify Innovative Thinking in Salespeople

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While we have done a bunch of strategic and creative thinking skills workshops for sales teams in the past several years , we have never put together a specific diagnostic on this topic. 10 Questions to Identify Innovative Thinking in Salespeople. Working from an Innovative Thinking Platform. If a salesperson employs a comparable approach to think about value, it is a great sign he or she is creating innovative solutions.

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Strategic Planning Process – 5 Secrets to Get 6 Months of Work Done in One Day

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I was talking with a friend about how we approach developing a strategic planning process for a client. I told her I don’t tend to think about moments of pride, since I try to avoid the seven deadly sins as best I can! The statement does a great job of describing the brand impact we strive to create with a strategic planning process: Getting smart work done while expanding creative thinking more quickly than anyone imagined possible.

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Disruptive Innovation Strategy – 13 Exercises for Disrupting Thinking in New eBook

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They counter suggesting strategic thinking questions as a starting point over-promises and ignores all the other dynamics involved. For these types of established players, you have to disrupt their status quo thinking so they realize that brands not even in their consideration sets are aiming to render them pointless in the marketplace. 13 Exercises for Disruptive Innovation Strategy: Disrupting Thinking eBook.

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Strategic Planning – 7 Ideas to Envision Your Future Organization

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Suppose the strategic planning task at hand is imagining what your organization will look like at some future point. What are strategic planning exercises you can use with a team? Employ extreme creativity and disruptive innovation-oriented questions to push your strategic planning vision exercise in bold, future directions. After securing individual responses, use a group strategic conversation to settle on the future strategic planning vision.

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4 Roles to Push Bold Customer Experience Strategy Thinking

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Each of the four roles were intended to help push the group’s thinking on its customer experience strategy in varied ways. 4 Roles to Push Bold Customer Experience Strategy Thinking. We provided strategic thinking questions of their own to use, including: “That’s great and how can we do that _?” Questioners of What We Think (to challenge the status quo ). That’s the problem of me never having taken one of Chuck’s Six Thinking Hats workshops.

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12 Resources to Lead a Strategic Planning Process When You’re New

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Someone downloaded a free Brainzooming strategy eBook, noting his biggest strategy challenge is “how to do a strategic planning process when you are new.” ” That question relates to something we do all the time: walk into a new client in an unfamiliar industry to design and facilitate a strategic planning process. What you see as strategic may not be what others think is strategic. Getting to What Is Strategic.

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Project Management Techniques – 21 Articles to Better Manage Projects

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Implementing innovation in organizations reluctant to embrace the changes needed to survive and grow requires what we’ve come to call “strategic project management.” Strong project management technique requires both thinking and starting. Convergent Thinking Week – A BDTP Perspective. The Brainzooming blog wasn’t originally focused on project management techniques. Successfully going from strategy to implementation, however, is critical to business success.

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5 Ways to Turn Your Implementation Plan into Results

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It is time to launch the implementation plan for your organization’s most important strategic initiatives. You need to ensure that at this critical time, your vital strategic initiatives launch and gain momentum quickly. If you find your teams continually struggling to turn strategic plans into implementation success, the Brainzooming strategy eBook, 321 GO! Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Ebook Implementation Performance Strategic Thinking Strategy Tools

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Learning 5 Innovation Strategy Lessons as an Entrepreneur

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The size and scale of opportunities you pursue, even in a company that was not always all that innovative, oriented me to think a big team and significant dollars are vital for real innovation. We haven’t wavered from the initial reason for starting The Brainzooming Group: to take our learnings on simplifying, collaboratively approaching, and speeding up strategic planning to smart organizations wanting to conduct business differently.

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9 Ways to Never Suffer from a Lack of New Business Ideas Again

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In place of only recycling ideas, try these nine strategic thinking questions and creative thinking paths. The formula is to ask a specific question, LISTEN for responses from others, and follow a related creating thinking direction to generate ideas more quickly: Ask: What’s been tried before? You don’t need all nine strategic thinking questions in very situation where you are expected to quickly develop new business ideas.

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Cuisine vs. Food: Why Specificity Makes or Breaks a Creative Thinking Workshop

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During the creative thinking workshop we facilitated inside an internal management meeting, participants worked through multiple exercises to identify ideas for internal and customer initiatives. Why Specificity Makes or Breaks a Creative Thinking Workshop by Chuck Dymer. If you were to run a creative thinking workshop to generate ideas for improving your organization’s morale, odds are that one of the ideas from the group would be “better communication.”

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3 Conditions for Explosive Creative Thinking Skills

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3 Conditions for Explosive Creative Thinking Skills. Reflecting on grain elevators led me to consider explosive creative thinking skills , and the parallels between the two. The characteristics that create a potentially dangerous explosive situation at a grain elevator can be turned to a positive when applied to creative thinking skills: #1. Finally, by having creative thinking exercises in place, you provide the right structure for group collaboration.