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. To add depth and breadth to the strategic thinking exercise, however, we add four probes to each area of the SWOT analysis.

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!

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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.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas

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The objective was to help them become better strategic thinkers and marketers. Since all the companies competed with one another, each one needed to determine its own business strategies. Strategic Thinking Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas.

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?

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.

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 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 – 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 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 – 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Strategic Planning – 3 Surprising Ways Online Collaboration Works

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We’re big proponents of the value of bringing together a diverse group of people with varied creative thinking skills for strategic planning workshops within organizations and communities. Sometimes they proceed an in-person strategy planning meeting, but not always.

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. To the extent a strategic plan is not implemented in that way, it falls short in some fashion.

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.

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. Engage your audience in collaborative strategic planning earlier than later.

113 Ideas for Strategic Planning Process Improvement

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It is time for strategic planning across organizations. If you are responsible for leading the strategic planning process at your organization, dive in and tweak your process to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. 113 Ideas for Strategic Planning Process Improvement.

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.” What you see as strategic may not be what others think is strategic.

Strategic Visioning Exercises – 14 Articles for Creating a Vision Statement

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The search term “strategic visioning exercises” has been consistently near the top recently for what has bringing people to the Brainzooming website. 14 Articles on Strategic Visioning Exercises. These fourteen articles recap our thinking and recommendations across these three areas.

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

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Jot down your initial ideas on the direction you think the meeting / initiative should go and introduce them at an opportune time. Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders are looking for powerful ways to engage strong collaborators to shape shared visions.

Strategic Objectives – 3 Questions to Decide What’s Strategic

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We are working with a client to develop a content marketing strategy for multiple business units in the organization. The first step was for our client to talk with the presidents of the various business units to understand their strategic objectives. In Search of Strategic Objectives.

Creative Thinking Skills – 9 Fundamentals to Turn Talk into Strategy

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The challenge in a client meeting was developing the strategy for a later meeting intended to build support for a biennial community event. The team leader asked, “How is it possible to listen to us talk and turn it into a strategy so quickly?”.

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. In short they need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results.

7 Organizational Harmony Principles from Dayton Moore

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10 Keys to Engaging Employees to Improve Strategic Results. Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders need high-impact ways to develop employees that can provide input into strategic planning and then turn it into results.

Employee Engagement Strategies – Pigs, Chickens, and What Great Leaders Do

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The thing is, unsuccessful employee engagement strategies are not an employee problem. It is a LEADERSHIP problem when purported employee engagement strategies are not working. If you want to go deeper on a viable strategy to improve employee engagement, download our Results eBook.

 4 Ways to Make a Strategic Planning Process Productive

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People frequently complain about how a strategic planning process, whether accidentally or on purpose, is disconnected from employees’ regular duties and priorities. 4 Ways to Make a Strategic Planning Process Productive.

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.

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Strategic Planning Exercises – 6 Ways to Organize Lists of Ideas

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We have been working with a client that had done a lot of strategic planning exercises about a new initiative. 6 Ways to Organize Ideas from Strategic Planning Exercises. The thing is, they had done the hard strategic thinking and already had all the raw material they needed.

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. 10 Employee Engagement Ideas to Improve Strategic Results.

Strategic Planning Exercises – Two Types of Structure, One Works

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There are a couple of different ways to apply structure to strategic planning exercises : You can enforce using templates and forms participants have to complete so their answers are uniformed and structured. This means there is no opportunity for productive collaboration to devise the plan.

Branding Strategy – The Best Brand Promise EVER

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Great branding strategy examples abound. “If you can think it, we can make it.” ” I don’t know if Kris and Kate’s Ice Cream Treats thinks about this as a brand promise, a slogan, or something else.

11 Boring Details for Making Strategic Planning Fun*

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Many people visit the Brainzooming website looking for ideas on making strategic planning fun. I’m a strategic planning guy, and even I don’t enjoy strategic planning the way it is typically handled for groups. 11 Boring Details for Making Strategic Planning Fun*.

5 Keys to Streamlining Strategic Planning

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Following our post on the tenth anniversary of the Brainzooming strategic planning methodology , the guys at Armada Corporate Intelligence , who were an important part of developing and testing the process, wrote a companion article. 5 Keys to Streamlining Strategic Planning.

9 Ideas on How to Involve a Team in Group Strategy Exercises

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Whenever possible, we try to help clients select a mix of people to participate in group strategy exercises. We are also proponents for reaching beyond familiar people that are always involved strategic planning meetings and drive the outcomes of group strategy exercises.

Trying Abundance as a Turnaround Branding Strategy

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With a strong brand and a robust branding strategy , there are many ways to deliver valuable brand benefits to customers. What Turnaround Branding Strategy Is Best? Which leads to asking, “How do they think it will ever increase in demand again when it is hardly made available?”

When Is the Right Time for Brainstorming in Strategic Planning?

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When is the right time for brainstorming in strategic planning , or really any other type of planning for that matter? Brainstorming CAN make sense throughout a strategic planning process. The Right Time for Brainstorming in Strategic Planning.