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

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.

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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? Extreme Creativity.

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. Go into your next strategy meeting with a different spin on this important, yet tired old strategic thinking exercise. 10 Keys to Developing Collaborative Strategy.

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.

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. I offered him five strategic thinking questions: When is our organization at its best in performing the variety of activities we do? All five strategic thinking questions avoid anyone needing to game the answers to protect themselves or expose anyone else. Stimulate fresh thinking.

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? Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Creativity Innovation Performance Strategic Thinking Tools innovative ideas strategic thinking questions

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. When you have solid planning (maybe even over-planning), good strategic thinking questions to identify ways to adapt, and an appreciation for flexibility, unexpected events become a wonderful opportunity for learning and developing.

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.

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. Strategic Thinking Exercise – 17 Questions to Find Innovation Case Studies. Who are our strategic partners?

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

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. We are further along and can even more easily customize these strategic thinking exercises to your needs if you face comparable situations. That is a major benefit if you want an outside, strategic perspective and need to start right now! 16 Strategic Thinking Exercises Ready to Go Right Now!

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. The answer could suggest their strategic thinking wasn’t effective in this situation. 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Improve Strategic Results.

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? 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. 4 Strategic Thinking Exercises to Envision Future Strategy.

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 understand the types of information you need to develop a strategic plan, you can often get a jump start on completing it simply by listening closely to strategic conversations for valuable input. If you have the right people present , and they are in a chatty mood, how can you morph the gathering into a strategic conversation?

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. While we did that, an early exercise during the strategic thinking workshop shaped the rest of the day. 13 Unexpected Benefits of a Strategic Thinking Workshop.

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. Having TOO MANY strong creative perspectives can tank the actionable results coming from a strategic thinking workshop more than having too few creative individuals. That particular session was filled with about 85% HUGE creative egos. So get creative individually.

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 – 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. I disabused them of the idea, however, that their narrow job descriptions were synonymous with narrow strategic thinking roles. I reminded them (in case no one ever had) that they had a HUGE brand role no matter how narrow everyone thinks they are as a group.

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? If you answer those strategic thinking questions early, your decision making will likely be more simple, clear, and streamlined. 9 ideas for introducing your strategic plan with style and impact to engage your organization.

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.

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. 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.

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. Participants assess where they think the organization currently is and where they want it to be in the future on multiple “strategic dimensions.” We place each strategic dimension on a scale having multiple written descriptions of ways to approach it.

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? And by the way, here are the most frequently referenced compilations: Strategic Thinking Exercises – More than 200 Strategic Planning Questions. Strategic Thinking – Exercises and Tools for Creative Thinking and Strategy.

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. With groups changing out every few hours, there was a continual, tight window to get all the input we’d need to build out a strategic plan and timeline for our client’s strategic initiative. 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 – 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. 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 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. It struck me how a comparable concept (an Examination of Brand Performance) would be helpful as a strategic thinking exercise for monitoring your organization or brand progress throughout the year. 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. Thinking about the statement further and the audacity of trying to do “the impossible with nothing” suggested this idea was the ultimate in extreme creativity. ” Why are we adding this strategic thinking question? Those were all new ideas – some demonstrating more extreme creativity than others.

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. 16 Strategic Thinking Ideas for Creating an Entrepreneurial Environment Inside Your Company. Ask them to provide concrete examples of when they devised creative solutions.

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. Talking with someone who is struggling with identifying the best ways to signal the appropriate collaboration strategy approash, we hit on a variation on the Sergio Zyman decision levels. A 5-Level Collaboration Strategy Approach. LT – The leader will start developing ideas, then will collaborate with the entire team to figure it out.

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?

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. If you would like to go deeper on any of these topics, here are links to articles for each of the six areas: The Value of Strategic Thinking Questions. Boost Your Creativity with “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation”.

Community Collaboration Workshops Come in All Sizes

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The week included: Large scale community collaboration workshops – Nearly eighty students from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale gathered Monday night and a comparable number of Carbondale, IL residents assembled on Tuesday for community collaboration workshops to imagine the community’s future with Gigabit Internet capabilities. Switching among so many ways we facilitate community collaboration and learning for organizations keeps us at the top of our game.

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). Based on the large number of responses to the individual PMIRQ handout sheets at the Southern Illinois University and Carbondale, IL community visioning session workshops, we wanted to share what people found “interesting” about participating in a community collaboration workshop. Small unknown group collaboration”.

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. After you push the thinking to as outlandish and dangerous a point as possible, you roll the ideas back to where they are once again doable.

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.

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? Shame on me, but I’ve never put the criteria I look for from a business collaboration into the type of strategic decision making tool we develop for clients. There is a mutual commitment to learning from the business collaboration.

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? At some point, God provided the grace to realize my creative inspiration was from outside, not inside. While creative thinking had something to do with me, it wasn’t dependent on me at all.

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

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The Long Answer – Strategy, Creativity, and Innovation. The reason is that working from the incredible resource of strategic thinking exercises, creative thinking tools, and collaborative models The Brainzooming Group has created, what Brainzooming does can vary dramatically for each client engagement. Strategy, creativity, innovation, or some combination – or something slightly different.

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? Success factors in strategic planning and creating collaborative strategy were the central topics we tackled on an edition of Smart Companies Radio, hosted by Kelly Scanlon, the owner of Thinking Bigger Business Media, Inc., Creating Strategic Impact mini-book. 10 Keys to Collaborative Strategy and Strategic Planning.

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. Depending on the nature of the pre-meeting outreach you conduct with participants, it can promote team collaboration and help: Get to know participants better and figure out how to best work with them. 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. Get rooms with way more square footage than you think you will need. Team Collaboration with No Table at All.

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. ndspark, the sessions brought together thirty team members from The Gap in three-day “mini-TED conferences” to capitalize on creative diversity.