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

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It may be an old and tired story, but it still illustrates an important point about engagement and the willingness (or unwillingness) of employees to go all in with a new business initiative. 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. 10 Keys to Engaging Employees to Improve Strategic Results.

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?”. 9 Creative Thinking Skills to Turn Talk into Strategy. Listen for smart things people say , even if they are snippets, and incorporate those right away into the strategy.

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Creativity in Business – 48 Creative Appreciation Ideas

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Cheerleading for creativity in business isn’t difficult. Yet, you see people, departments, and organizations where overtly expressing creative appreciation doesn’t happen naturally – or happen at all. It could be nobody realized it is good business and good manners to appreciate creativity in business. Maybe it never occurred to anyone that celebrating creativity in business inspires creativity in others and leads to more ideas.

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. There are so many ways to botch involving employees (and community members, if that’s your audience) in developing and successfully implementing an innovation strategy. Here are five keys we’ve found for successfully engaging employees in innovation strategy.

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Branding Strategy – The Best Brand Promise EVER

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Great branding strategy examples abound. If your organization specializes in one particular area, your branding strategy discussions should include the question: “If our customers can think it, can we make it?” ” If that were your organization’s brand promise, what would you have to do differently with your branding strategy when it comes to: Responsiveness? 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Create Improved Results.

Creative Thinking Skills – Protecting Yourself from Creative Thinking Challenges

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Sometimes creative thinking challenges come from inside your own head. In many organizations, however, substantial creative thinking challenges come from leaders and cultures that may say they want new thinking, but seem to do everything they can to scuttle creativity. Do you work in one of those types of organizations that says one thing and supports another where creativity is concerned? Organizational Creative Thinking Challenges.

11 Fun Strategic Planning Ideas to Stop Strategy Snoozefests!

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That happens when strategic planning becomes too complex, gets detached from real business issues, or the whole process focuses on trying to complete cumbersome strategy templates. You can use this eBook to enliven strategy meetings through a focus on important business issues, productive strategy exercises, and enough fun to keep EVERYONE engaged in creating a plan that creates success and all those other things that more $$$$$$$$$$s create.

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. If you haven’t engaged them earlier, then do it right now, even if it’s later than what’s ideal.

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., a company that publishes and produces a variety of publications, products and events that connect growth-minded business owners with practical strategies, resources and information that will take them to the next level of success.

Answering Reader Questions on Strategy and Innovation Challenges

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We routinely ask those of you downloading Brainzooming strategy and innovation eBooks to share – if you are willing – the opportunities and challenges you are facing at the time. Here are their comments on opportunities and challenges, along with links to Brainzooming posts addressing the strategy and innovation situations they face: People and Organizational Issues. Engaging Employees in High Turnover Situations. In the new Brainzooming strategy eBook 321 GO! ,

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Creative Thinking Activities – 3 Questions to Stop Squandering Diversity

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Based on all The Brainzooming Group experience in helping clients generate new ideas and innovative strategies, diversity is vital to successful creative thinking activities. For example, at one of our client creative thinking workshops there wasn’t any of diversity to spare. So how did the participants sit in the large room for the creative thinking activities? 3 Questions to Stop Squandering Diversity in Creative Thinking Activities.

Internal Branding Strategy – 3 Ways to Be Smarter than United Airlines

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The folks at Armada Corporate Intelligence offered an internal branding strategy take on the United Airlines woes, offering strategic thinking questions you can ask and answer to improve your brand’s resiliency and avoid brand crises. 3 Ways Your Internal Branding Strategy Can Be Smarter than United Airlines. 3 Internal Branding Strategy Challenges. 10 Lessons to Engage Employees and Drive Improved Results.

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 review the importance of including front-line decision makers, functional experts, and individuals with creative perspectives. We are also proponents for reaching beyond familiar people that are always involved strategic planning meetings and drive the outcomes of group strategy exercises. 9 Ideas on How to Involve a Team in Group Strategy Exercises.

You Can’t Fix Morale

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We talk about a lot of things: leadership talent, product quality, business model. We talk about creativity and innovation, passion for excellence, dedication to the customer experience. Process involves day-to-day workplace routines that reinforce or strip away employee engagement. The CEO, also rumored to be teetering, has said repeatedly everyone needs to “work smarter, not harder,” but no one is sure which product in the pipeline is going to carry the day.

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 ? Even if you are going into the meeting with the same old people , the same old topics, and the same old expectations to just get a strategy done and put into a notebook on a shelf so you can go back to doing what you’ve always been doing, there is hope! Go into your next strategy meeting with a different spin on this important, yet tired old strategic thinking exercise.

7 Strategic Thinking Questions When Things Aren’t Working

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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. This Brainzooming mini-book, “Results – Creating Strategic Impact” unveils ten proven lessons for leaders to increase strategic collaboration, engagement, and create improved results.

Who Needs Vision Statement Examples? Try these 6 Steps

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At a Brainzooming internal branding strategy workshop I was presenting , one attendee remarked about wanting more vision statement examples. From what she described, her company’s leadership had rushed to develop big strategy statements (such as a core purpose, vision statement, or mission statement), but was now rethinking its direction. 6 Steps to Figuring out Your Company’s Big Strategy Statements. Branding Strategy – The Best Brand Promise EVER.

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. 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.

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. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success. Related posts Strategic Thinking Questions – What defines an Idea or a Product Name?

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. In each of the five mini-innovation strategy workshops, we had a group of core team members, plus people familiar with each perspective.

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. 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. 10 Lessons for Engaging Your Employees to Create Stronger Results.

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. This new Brainzooming mini-book, “Results – Creating Strategic Impact” unveils ten proven lessons for leaders to increase strategic collaboration, engagement, and create improved results.

Strategic Planning Exercises – 6 Ways to Organize Lists of Ideas

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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. This new Brainzooming mini-book, “Results – Creating Strategic Impact” unveils ten proven lessons for leaders to increase strategic collaboration, engagement, and create improved results.

Strategic Visioning Exercises – 14 Articles for Creating a Vision Statement

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Strategic Planning – All the Strategy Roles You Need. Creating Change and Change Management – 4 Strategy Options. 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. In short they need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results.

41 Surprising Things about Community Collaboration Done Well

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It’s often a challenge to describe what Brainzooming is to people that haven’t participated directly in collaborative strategy or innovation workshops. It’s such a foreign idea to most people that you can invite more than a couple of people together to collaborate and actually have an incredibly productive experience. We definitely have the experience and proven processes to bring your community together productively and successfully! – Mike Brown.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – An Alternative Vision Statement Approach

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The descriptions are purposely neither good nor bad; they simply represent ways an organization could pursue the strategy. But making fifty top executives “guess” and articulate what the CEO already thinks (which is very common) is a recipe for wasted time and a frustrating strategy meeting. 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Improve Strategic Results. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use.

Who Should Facilitate Strategic Planning? 10 Vital Characteristics

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Have a strong grounding in business, creative, innovation, and strategic principles. Want to have someone outside your company make your strategic planning work for you in a creative, mentally stimulating and result-oriented way? 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.

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. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success. Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Creativity Innovation Insights Strategic Thinking innovation opportunities strategic conversations

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.” While leading strategy development in a new company poses challenges (including needing to learn a tremendous amount as you go), it has a comparable number of advantages (Including not laboring under preconceived ideas about how the organization does things). Four Must-Know Ways to Read a Strategy Document.

15 Things to Look for in a Business Collaboration

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There is a mutual contribution from both parties toward the strategy and ideas. 10 Keys to Engaging Employees to Improve Strategic Results. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success. Related posts Work Team Dynamics – 9 Ways to Signal Collaboration Opportunities Creative Thinking – Who are the best collaborators?

Strategic Thinking – 6 Ideas to Put a List in Order

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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. This new Brainzooming mini-book, “Results – Creating Strategic Impact” unveils ten proven lessons for leaders to increase strategic collaboration, engagement, and create improved 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. 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Improve Strategic Results. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use.

11 Boring Details for Making Strategic Planning Fun*

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Designing strategic thinking questions leading to engaging conversation among familiar and new participants. 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Improve Strategic Results. Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders need high-impact ways to develop employees that can provide input into strategy and then turn it into 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. Productive Structure for Strategic Planning Exercises. 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Create Improved Results.

Organizational Change – 15 Articles for Unfreezing a Team

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mini-Book, we ask a question about the biggest strategy implementation opportunity or challenge the individual is facing in his or her organization. Creating Organizational Change and Change Management – 4 Strategy Options. New Business Ideas and a Creative Block in Your Organization. 9 Strategic Thinking Questions – Helping Teams Execute Strategy. Innovation Strategy – 4 Organizational Change Management Struggles at Disney.

Abruptly Halting the Cluster F%@k of Business Meetings

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You know, this week doesn’t have to be as unproductive as last week, what with business meetings going nowhere along with wasting time, positive energy, and any hope of creativity. 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. Actively engage more employees in strategy AND implementation success.

10 Project Planning Questions for Launching New Programs

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What is the business strategy behind launching this new program? 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. In short they need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use.

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. In her role, Antonia Dean focuses on incubating acquisitions and top-secret new product concepts. Ask them to provide concrete examples of when they devised creative solutions.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – 4 Ways to Examine Brand Performance

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But for current and future clients, don’t be surprised if some form of it starts cropping up in your strategy planning workshops! – Mike Brown. 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. In short they need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results.

Unleash Your Visual Superpower!

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Meaning anyone who provides the vision for a product, whether it be in code, wireframes, comps, prototypes, or cocktail napkins. At a certain point, clients stop listening to the strategy—they just want to get to the pictures. But does that mean that designers should just make pictures and leave the strategy to others? The best designers transcend the gap between strategy and execution. Imagine getting two ideas for a new product. Design itself is a product.

Ideation: Anatomy of a New Product Idea

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Ideation: Anatomy of a New Product Idea. Getting New Product Ideas Flowing. If you have teams close to customers, working in the field, using your product everyday – they’ll often be a great source for early indicators of where existing products are missing the mark. As product managers or entrepreneurs, curiosity will ensure we always have a plan B. Storming New Product Ideas. It easily explains the starting point for any good product.

UX Design Careers in 2018 and Beyond: The Future of the UX Designer

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According to a freshly released trends report by the UX Design Collective , “Some designers are adventuring in new fields and technologies, like virtual reality, conversational design, voice interfaces; Some are focusing on more specific areas of the design craft, like motion design, prototyping, and UX writing; Some are updating their titles to product designers, broadening their scope beyond interaction design to focus more on product strategy and business.”.

Make the Commercial First

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Today, digital products like apps and sites require marketing. Many products fail because they don’t solve a need their customers have or because the customer doesn’t know they themselves have a need for the product. Too often the team gets all the way through building the product to find out they can’t explain the product. Every product has at least one scary question to answer: Is it viable? Product detail shots.

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