The Best Time to Engage Your Audience in Collaborative Strategic Planning

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Talking with one city’s representatives about strategies to sell-in a broadband recommendation with voters, they asked whether it is okay to engage its citizens after city leadership develops a recommendation. That means the range of collaboration opportunities narrows.

Community Collaboration Workshops Come in All Sizes

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Last week was diverse in the Brainzooming world, as we were engaged in serving clients across many different aspects of what we do. Switching among so many ways we facilitate community collaboration and learning for organizations keeps us at the top of our game.

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.

4 Vital Characteristics of Collaborative Strategy Leaders

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What leadership skills are necessary to successfully champion a collaborative strategy ? A client fully immersed in developing and implementing a collaborative strategy asked that question. 4 Vital Characteristics of Collaborative Strategy Leaders.

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.

Strategic Planning – 10 Keys to Collaborative Strategy

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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., 10 Keys to Collaborative Strategy and Strategic Planning.

5 Things Collaborative Strategic Planning Isn’t

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If you’ve been a Brainzooming reader for any length of time, you know we’re huge proponents of collaborative strategic planning. Admittedly, collaborative planning processes aren’t all that common. 5 Things Collaborative Strategic Planning Isn’t.

Strategic Planning – 3 Surprising Ways Online Collaboration Works

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When discussing a strategic planning or innovation strategy engagement with a client, we use the graphic below to design our recommended approach. Sometimes they proceed an in-person strategy planning meeting, but not always. Discover How Online Collaboration Boosts Progress.

Branding Strategy – 3 Keys to Engaging Your Internal Brand Team

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I’ll be presenting a Brainzooming workshop on internal branding strategy at the Brand Strategy Conference in New York, April 6-8. The workshop, while drawing on material from my Fortune 500 work, springs from multiple conversations at the 2015 Brand Strategy Conference.

7 Collaborative Strategic Planning Process Impacts (Even if the Plan Sits on the Shelf)

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Talking to executives, you hear the expectation that an organization should implement a solid strategic plan strategy-by-strategy. 7 Collaborative Strategic Planning Process Impacts (Even if the Plan Sits on the Shelf). 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Create Improved Results.

5 Employee Engagement Ideas When Turnover Is High

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I debuted a presentation on “Results – Creating Strategic Impact,” our mini-book on employee engagement ideas to boost an organization’s strategic thinking. 5 Employee Engagement Ideas for High-Turnover Employees. 10 Employee Engagement Ideas to Improve Strategic Results.

5 Keys to Engaging Employees in Innovation Strategy – Our Buy-In Manifesto

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Reviewing the innovation strategy challenges business executives identified when downloading Brainzooming eBooks , they frequently mention gaining “buy-in” for significant change initiatives. Here are five keys we’ve found for successfully engaging employees in innovation strategy.

Abruptly Halting the Cluster F%@k of Business Meetings

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The thing is, there’s a different way to structure business meetings to help a group come together and collaborate in an innovative, productive way. 10 Lessons for Engaging Your Employees to Create Stronger Results.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – A SWOT Analysis to Push Thinking

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Yesterday’s post on using a new type of SWOT analysis to stimulate bolder strategic conversations in strategy meetings garnered quite a bit of attention. This helps a group inside of a strategy meeting work harder and more effectively to generate ideas.

Leadership Skills – 8 Ways to Fake It Until You Make It

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10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Create Improved Results. Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders are looking for powerful ways to engage strong collaborators to shape shared visions. They need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results.

Strategic Visioning Exercises – 14 Articles for Creating a Vision Statement

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And by done well, we mean that the vision statement: Is developed broadly and collaboratively. Collaborating on a Vision Statement. Strategic Planning – All the Strategy Roles You Need. Strategic Visioning Exercises – Group Collaboration the Right Way.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – Use a New SWOT Nobody Expects

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Going into a strategy meeting today that is sure to be a snoozer ? 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!

7 Organizational Harmony Principles from Dayton Moore

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10 Keys to Engaging Employees to Improve Strategic Results. This Brainzooming mini-book, “Results – Creating Strategic Impact” unveils ten proven lessons leaders can use to boost collaboration, meaningful strategic conversations, and results.

Creativity in Business – 48 Creative Appreciation Ideas

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People who collaborated for the first time. An idea aligning with the company strategy. 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Create Improved Results. Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders are looking for powerful ways to engage strong collaborators to shape shared visions.

113 Ideas for Strategic Planning Process Improvement

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To make it a little easier to track down ideas for how you can approach developing strategy this year, here are nineteen Brainzooming articles filled with 113 techniques and ideas for improving your organization’s strategic planning process. 10 Keys to Developing Collaborative Strategy.

Who Should Facilitate Strategic Planning? 10 Vital Characteristics

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10 Keys to Involving Employees In Your Strategy. Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders need high-impact ways to develop employees that can provide input into strategy that turns into results. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use.

Innovation Strategy – Here, There, and Everywhere

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While there’s more to come in the months ahead, here are highlights of a couple of innovation strategy presentations this week to very different groups. Innovation Strategy in Your Organization – An Innovative Workplace Culture.

Creative Thinking Skills – Protecting Yourself from Creative Thinking Challenges

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10 Lessons for Engaging Your Employees to Create Stronger Results. Creating Strategic Impact” Senior executives are looking for employees who are strong collaborators and communicators while being creative and flexible.

9 Strategic Thinking Questions – Helping Teams Execute Strategy

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Many organizations are in the early stages of executing new strategies for this year. That is when you discover whether you have a solid, implementable plan or something that (maybe) looks good on paper, but doesn’t work well when you try to execute the strategy.

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

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Someone downloaded a free Brainzooming strategy eBook, noting his biggest strategy challenge is “how to do a strategic planning process when you are new.” Secure copies of previous plans and strategy documents, and don’t settle for the first things people offer you.

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. 10 Keys to Engaging Employees to Improve Strategic Results. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use.

Strategic Planning Exercises – Two Types of Structure, One Works

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You can provide people with strategic thinking exercises, creative thinking tools, strategy questions, and ways to collaborate with one another, using structure to help imagine better strategies. This means there is no opportunity for productive collaboration to devise the plan.

12 Questions to Jump Start Your Strategic Planning Process

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Seriously, we started in April, laying out how we’d approach everything so that by the time we engaged the rest of the organization in mid-summer we had everything ready to go. 10 Keys to Involving Employees In Your Strategy.

 4 Ways to Make a Strategic Planning Process Productive

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4 Ways to Make a Strategic Planning Process Productive. What can you do to make strategic planning more productive before, during, and after? Contact us to discuss how your next strategic planning process can be energizing, productive, AND improve your business results.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas

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Since all the companies competed with one another, each one needed to determine its own business strategies. And if it’s bad, use other strategic thinking exercises to gently bring the ideas back to something smarter and more productive. – Mike Brown.

Leadership Training – Walmart Hopes for Big Impact

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That does not mean everyone determines and forms strategy. Instead of simply knowing something is working or not, strategic frontline employees can provide valuable feedback on early warning signs when strategy that appears fantastic in the boardroom is not working in the field.

9 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Strategic Conversations

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10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Create Improved Results. Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders need high-impact ways to develop employees that can provide input into strategy and then turn it into results. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success.

11 Boring Details for Making Strategic Planning Fun*

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And the asterisk on fun acknowledges we’re stretching the definition of fun to cover things nerdy strategic planners think are fun such as “mental stimulation,” “highly collaborative groups,” and “people that want to be involved in strategic planning the next time it happens.”.

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

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We facilitated a two-day innovation strategy workshop for an industrial company. 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.

5 Ideas for Simplified Strategic Planning this Year

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Prioritize the time you invest in creating specific product/service marketing plans based on each one’s expected contribution to revenue and profit growth. 10 Keys to Involving Employees In Your Strategy. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success.