The Elusive Skill – Strategic Thinking – How To Get and Measure

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How to Get and Measure Strategic Thinking As leaders, we know that it is critical to today’s changing times to think differently about what’s in front of us. Change collaboration Creativity culture Innovation Leadership Decision Making High performance strategic thinking Teamwork

13 Strategic Thinking Questions to Imagine a Radically Different Future

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Originating in a long-term future visioning exercise we designed and facilitated for a client, we developed these questions to prompt a group’s thinking about dramatic future change. Strategic Thinking Questions to Imagine a Radically Different Future.

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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! Are you up for changing that?

7 Strategic Thinking Questions When Things Aren’t Working

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7 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.

Try Nook and Cranny Strategic Thinking Exercises for a Huge Impact!

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Nook and cranny strategic thinking exercises. The nook and cranny strategic thinking exercises term popped into my head during a Brainzooming client workshop. Each strategic thinking exercise poster had four or five brand dimensions on the Y-axis.

26 Strategic Thinking Questions to Truly Understand Yourself

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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.

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.

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? Understanding this change, however, is challenging when your perspective hasn’t broken from the past.

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

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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.

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. Considering that, I added new strategic thinking content on flexibility into my presentation at The Leadership Institute.

Agile Strategy – 16 Strategic Thinking Questions to Explore Disruptive Innovation

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It employs technology, focused creative teams, new manufacturing processes, and communications to remove time and waste when creating post-sporting event apparel featuring the winners and exciting story lines. 16 Strategic Thinking Questions to Explore Agile Strategy and Disruptive Innovation.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – Why Do We Give Away So Much for Free?

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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? Strategic Thinking – Exercises and Tools for Creative Thinking and Strategy.

Strategic Thinking – 6 Ideas to Put a List in Order

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We have been working with a client that had done a lot of strategic thinking about a new initiative. Those are six starting places to use when you are doing strategic thinking about big lists. They need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results.

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

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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. They need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results.

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.

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. A new national experiment begins.

Strategic Thinking – Time for A Moment of Reflection

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After an election season where candidates at al levels have done exactly the opposite of this verse, it is time to reflect how we got here and how we change it going forward. Get away from the media today, and have your moment of reflection on what part of the change YOU can make happen!

3 Organizational Strategies for Constancy & Change

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Steve Lahey, the Number 1 Brainzooming Fan , posted an intriguing quote about developing organizational strategies from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: “I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ What won’t change in your business and marketplace?

8 Creative Thinking Questions & 1 More Idea for Focus in 2019

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How about Creative Thinking Questions? To prepare for the in-person planning, Tara forwarded creative thinking questions that looked out from today to more than a decade into the future. 8 Creative Thinking Questions to Focus Your Year.

Change Management Strategy – 35 Articles for Your Change Agent Role

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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? I reviewed all eighty-six pages to develop our change management strategy primer.

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16 Creative Thinking Questions from the Most Innovative Companies

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It’s always a wonderful inspiration for strategic and creative thinking questions (plus it’s exciting that we have a current client among the companies recognized). 16 Creative Thinking Questions from the Most Innovative Companies. Extreme Creativity.

Change Management Strategy – 6 Areas to Highlight What’s New

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Here is something I do not remember ever seeing before to call out a change in traffic regulations: a NEW sign pointing out a recently-installed stop sign at a street intersection. Whenever you anticipate and implement change, consider ways to highlight the change for audience members.

Creative Ideas – Are too many bold ideas killing your creativity?

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From a day-to-day perspective in the corporate world, we didn’t necessarily use objective metrics about creative ideas. My friend explained that over a period of years, her bosses shot down every dynamic possibility she proposed as a creative marketing idea.

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. Creativity Goes Boom! In the Midwest, where I grew up, grain elevators are a common sight.

Creative Thinking – My Vital Source of Creative Inspiration

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I used to think creative inspiration came from inside. As a result, the pressure for inspiration and creative thinking was always dependent on me. What did I need to do to trigger creative thinking? God provides all the needed creative inspiration.

What broke through for you in March? That’s your new important.

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Thinking about that last night (okay, this morning) before going to bed, I reflected on March. I have to work through questions and make an explicit effort to think about what was different and positive in March. Where and when did I feel inspiration and creativity ?

The 10 Vital Areas to Focus on Right Now

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Facing a complete business shutdown, our team used a combination of strategic thinking and real-time course correction to stay engaged with and attempt to re-win the customers we couldn’t currently serve. Prioritize Strategic Issues. Strategic isn’t five years from now.

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?

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.

Game Changing Ideas – 5 Characteristics that Set Them Apart

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5 Characteristics that Set Game Changing Ideas Apart by Laura Berry. But how can you separate good ideas from transformative, game changing ideas? If you’ve pushed, reworked and redeveloped your idea, then you’re on your way to game changing ideas. It’s creative.

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Creative Thinking Exercises for Sales – Easy as ABC

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I’ll be presenting on social media super models , followed by a VERY QUICK creative thinking exercises for sales presentation. The creative thinking exercises for sales content is a different take on both familiar and some new creative thinking topics.

8 Pieces of Creative Advice from a Great and Horrible Client

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Short Story: When it comes to creativity, start with and return to the underlying strategy ; that’s the most important piece of creative advice I have to offer. I’ve been trying to let go of some creative reins on the Brainzooming brand. That’s my creative advice.

Creative Thinking Skills – Creativity in No Time

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I recorded a video for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) that ties into my presentation at their conference on creative thinking skills and “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation.”. Creative Thinking Skills Are All Talk.

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. 9 Extreme Creativity Questions from Peter’s Laws.

Creative Thinking Skills for Sales – A Workshop Approach

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We’re with a client today, delivering a strategic and creative thinking skills for sales workshop. Setting the Stage for Creative Thinking Skills for Sales. Structure and Creative Thinking Skills. Embracing a Strategic Sales Perspective.

Fun Strategic Planning Exercises – 6 Last-Minute Ideas

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Strategic planning is typically serious stuff. That doesn’t mean, however, that doing strategic planning is best served by conducting things in a boring way. We’ve previously published some fun strategic planning exercises. Strategic Planning Exercises Can Be Fun.

Creative Thinking Skills – 5 Quick Tips on Extreme Creativity

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We turn to extreme creativity questions to help clients imagine big ideas. It is all part of not ASKING for big ideas ; we use big questions that enhance peoples’ natural creative thinking skills. 5 Quick Tips on Extreme Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills.

Network Operating Model: How To Design, Build & Embed An Agile Operating Platform Geared For Mounting Complexity & Rapid Change…

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When I overlaid my own strategic change experience and compared notes with the agile operating model approach that my team and I have developed at AllChange, I confess I struggled with some of the concepts within the book from a ‘how can it be practically applied’ point of view.

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Creative Thinking – 5 Ideas for How to Make Money from Your Passion

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I had a Twitter question from Charles Westscott about creativity and how to make money from your passion. Brainzooming how to get paid as a creative is my struggle. 5 Ideas for How to Make Money from Your Passion and Creativity.

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.