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

Idea Drop

From managing your team, to running your office, to actually doing the work that’s paying your bills, even the most repetitive role is likely to involve some degree of decision making. 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. Creative thinking focuses on capturing the unusual, unique and unchartered. Business Leadership Innovation Management

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?


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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

Are you starving for powerful female leaders in your strategy planning workshop?


If you’re in charge of a company or a significant business unit or department, are you actively managing gender diversity ? Are you facing organizational innovation barriers related to: The fear of change ? Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Diversity Performance Strategic Thinking Strategy

Implementation Strategy – 15 Questions to Identify Heads Up People


Planners often aren’t thinking about all the implementation tasks, though. To figure out who needs heads up notifications, here are 15 questions we use to stimulate strategic thinking about the people that need to go what’s going on before it happens: Who will need to provide resources to complete it? Include all of them in your project management steps and people will be better ready to support you when you need it! – Mike Brown.

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What PR Firms Say About Our Brainstorm Facilitation Training

Idea Champions

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.

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.

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 Thinking Exercises – Where Does Your Brand Live?

Creative Thinking Skills – Protecting Yourself from Creative Thinking Challenges


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. If so, this Brainzooming compilation on various ways to combat creative thinking challenges is for you. Organizational Creative Thinking Challenges. Cultivating Personal Creative Thinking Skills.

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. Programme Managers. Innovation Managemen

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.