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

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. Extreme Creativity.

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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.

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.

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Engage Employees in Reorganization

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A participant at a Brainzooming creative leadership presentation stayed afterward. 5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Engage Employees in Reorganization. All five strategic thinking questions avoid anyone needing to game the answers to protect themselves or expose anyone else.

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?

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. Strategic Inputs.

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? Stimulate fresh thinking.

16 Strategic Thinking Exercises Ready to Go for You Right Now!

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Since The Brainzooming Group launched, we have developed many strategic thinking exercises and models applying our methodology to diverse clients and business situations. That is a major benefit if you want an outside, strategic perspective and need to start right now!

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.

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.

21 Strategic Thinking Questions to Ask When You Have Nothing to Ask

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I suggested another one: Go ahead and ask a great strategic thinking question. The next natural question in our conversation was about what types of strategic thinking questions to ask. 21 Strategic Thinking Questions When You Have Nothing to Ask.

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.

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? 4 Strategic Thinking Exercises to Envision Future Strategy. Strategic Thinking Exercise: Simulation and Role Playing.

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 Workshop Success – Beware Too Much Creativity

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Interestingly, the most challenging situation for Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop success is when it includes TOO MANY individuals viewing themselves as creative. That particular session was filled with about 85% HUGE creative egos. So get creative individually.

9 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Strategic Conversations

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The previous Brainzooming article was on listening for strategic insights in order to not waste strategic conversations. If you have the right people present , and they are in a chatty mood, how can you morph the gathering into a strategic conversation?

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Answer Before Making a Decision

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5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Answer Before Making a Decision. Here are five strategic thinking questions you should identify well before you are on the verge of making a decision: Who owns making the decision?

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: 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 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. We turn that input into a collaborative vision statement.

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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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?

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 ! A New Add to Our Extreme Creativity Strategic Thinking Exercises. ” Why are we adding this strategic thinking question? Those were all new ideas – some demonstrating more extreme creativity than others.

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

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We’re driven to collaborate, challenge and create. 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. Focus on the big picture : think big and challenge any old ideas you’re holding on to.

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.

A 5-Level Collaboration Strategy Approach

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We’ve written about the importance of signaling collaboration strategy preferences when you and team members are working remotely. A 5-Level Collaboration Strategy Approach. C – The leader and team will collaborate from scratch to figure it out.

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.

Community Collaboration Workshops Come in All Sizes

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On Wednesday, I delivered the closing keynote at the Real Time Marketing Lab with a mini-workshop on using strategic thinking super models to help C-suite executives understand social networking and content marketing strategy.

41 Surprising Things about Community Collaboration Done Well

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In nearly every Brainzooming community collaboration workshop, we conclude with a Plus-Minus-Interesting-Recommendation-Question exercise (a PMIRQ for short). 41 Surprising Things about Community Collaboration Done Well. New People Coming Together Collaboratively and Effectively.

Creative Thinking Exercise – Rethinking Shrimp

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Sometimes you think you know best, only to find later that you have absolutely NO clue. As an example, I wrote some time back about the “Shrimp” creative thinking exercise we included during a creative thinking workshop for a regulated financial services company.

7 Ways Groups Can Collaborate on Fun Strategic Planning

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An executive responsible for strategy planning who was downloading our eBook on 11 Fun Strategic Planning Ideas posed an important question: How can you successfully identify and try new ways to get internal groups working together on strategic planning?

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.

15 Things to Look for in a Business Collaboration

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I mentioned upcoming business collaboration opportunities for Brainzooming yesterday , including co-presentations, creating content, and developing new workshop and training offerings. What to look for in a business collaboration? The collaboration will yield mutual benefits.

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.

Strategy, Creativity, Innovation – That’s What Brainzooming Do

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The Long Answer – Strategy, Creativity, and Innovation. Strategy, creativity, innovation, or some combination – or something slightly different. Brainzooming - All Posts Creativity Innovation Strategy strategic thinking exercise

Strategic Planning – 10 Keys to Collaborative Strategy

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How do you gain the best advantage from the expertise, experience, and ideas inside your organization as you pursue strategic planning? Creating Strategic Impact mini-book. 10 Keys to Collaborative Strategy and Strategic Planning. Creating Strategic Impact – How to Start?

Team Collaboration – 14 Benefits from Pre-Meeting Outreach

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Learning what participants in an upcoming big meeting know, think, and believe before they come together in a large group is one tactic to strengthen team collaboration. 14 Team Collaboration Benefits from Pre-Meeting Outreach. Gain a sense of what people already think.

Team Collaboration – What role does that table play?

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I was thinking about tables recently, and the role they play in creating or thwarting team collaboration. In different situations, distance around a table can offer space for individual reflection or a couple of people to collaborate without being drawn into something bigger.

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.