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4 Strategic Thinking Exercises to Envision Future Strategy


How can you develop strategic thinking exercises to envision the future when it’s so easy to let previous experience cloud your imagination? 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. Understanding this change, however, is challenging when your perspective hasn’t broken from the past.

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

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If the conditions are right, meaningful change can evolve from the smallest seed of inspiration; an observation, a discussion, or even just an interesting question. 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’. Creative thinking focuses on capturing the unusual, unique and unchartered.


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Strategic Thinking – 6 Ideas to Put a List in Order


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. Those are six starting places to use when you are doing strategic thinking about big lists.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – 11 Things Running through a Facilitator’s Head


The company wants to make significant changes to a major production process. During the innovation strategy discussions, we addressed the production process changes from five different perspectives. From a facilitation standpoint, it was the most arduous couple of days of going through strategic thinking exercises I recall. Are the people having fun with the strategic planning activities , or do I need to do more funny stuff to keep their heads in the game?

Change Management Strategy – 35 Articles for Your Change Agent Role


We’ve written a tremendous amount about change and change management strategy since the Brainzooming blog’s inception. Just HOW MUCH have we written on change management strategy? Well, to identify the articles listed here, a search for “change” on the blog yielded eighty-six PAGES of articles. I reviewed all eighty-six pages to develop our change management strategy primer. 35 Articles on Change Management Strategy in a Change Agent Role.

Innovation Strategy – 40 Articles on Fostering an Innovative Workplace Culture


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

Creative Thinking Skills for Sales – A Workshop Approach


We’re with a client today, delivering a strategic and creative thinking skills for sales workshop. As an outgrowth of the workshop, here is a strategic and creative thinking skills compilation comprised of articles that support the Brainzooming workshop we’re delivering. Setting the Stage for Creative Thinking Skills for Sales. Structure and Creative Thinking Skills. Embracing a Strategic Sales Perspective.

3 Short, Funny Strategic Planning Questions


Short Story: Strategic planning questions that allow people to challenge conventional norms are fun and lead to disruptive thinking, so employ questions to harvest ideas from the wild possibilities. The other day, someone reached out looking for short, funny, strategic planning questions. We have tons of strategic planning questions, including a few we have singled out as more fun than others. 3 Short, Funny Strategic Planning Questions.

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Strategic Planning Exercises – 6 Ways to Organize Lists of Ideas


We have been working with a client that had done a lot of strategic planning exercises 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. 6 Ways to Organize Ideas from Strategic Planning Exercises.

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Are you facing organizational innovation barriers related to: The fear of change ? Related posts Brainstorming Is Challenging with these 6 Brainstorming Session Types Organizational Culture Cues – 18 Questions to Ask When You’re New Not Even One of These Things Is Not Like Another Outsider Perspectives – 6 Vital Insights They Offer 3 Ways to Find Strong Creative Thinking Skills in Logic-Oriented Groups.

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


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.

3 Keys for Enabling Blue Sky Thinking and Big Ideas


What options are there when assembling a leadership team or board of directors who want to do blue sky thinking for big ideas? Seems simple, although delivering on this objective requires deft design to enable a collaboration with a chance of producing big thinking.

What PR Firms Say About Our Brainstorm Facilitation Training

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Idea Champions has trained quite a few PR and Marketing firms in the art and science of facilitating breakthrough brainstorming sessions. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, Idea Champions' ability to quickly and effectively teach my colleagues and me how to facilitate brainstorming sessions changed the future of our business. Our success as a firm depends on our ability to think about tough challenges in new and creative ways, often on short timelines.

27 Links to Energize Your Innovation Strategy


Creative Thinking: Tesco Homeplus Virtual Subway Store. Creating Change and Change Management – 4 Strategy Options. Brainstorming Ideas – How Many Ideas Per Television Series? Disrupting Thinking. Creative Thinking – 12 Triggers for Finding Strategic Connections. Strategic Thinking Exercise – New Product Idea Basics and Extremes in 30 Minutes.

Strategic Leadership: Post-Pandemic and Beyond


When crises arise, strategic plans are often affected dramatically. To do this, leaders must navigate changes and challenges with a strategic mindset and purpose: Be nimble as they solve problems and make decisions that help ensure business success, even in chaos.

Strategic Planning Process – 2 Fun Ways to Frame Important Questions


Short Story: You can take serious questions and wrap them in child-like situations to add fun and new thinking to a strategic planning process. One way to create greater engagement during a strategic planning process is through framing important questions in new ways. Other times it means changing the perspective from which participants are answering questions. Except now, I can’t remember WHY I was thinking about using nursery rhymes.

How to setup an ‘innovation team’


This requires a talented ‘innovation team’ – the right synthesis of strategists, technologists, and communicators - to lead this fundamental change and operate at the core of the ‘innovation machine’; to introduce the new culture , to inspire teams and drive innovation by example. This special team needs to be strategic, tactical, agile and fast. You need strategic thinking to plan the innovation transformation journey.