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. 48 Creative Appreciation Ideas to Cultivate Creativity in Business.

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.

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?”.

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.

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. In years of presentations working at an agency, I learned to sense the tension building before a design was revealed. Design itself is a product.

7 Strategic Thinking Questions When Things Aren’t Working

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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. What do you do when things aren’t working as planned ?

41 Surprising Things about Community Collaboration Done Well

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Originating from an Edward De Bono technique we learned from Chuck Dymer , the PMIRQ asks five open-ended questions on what worked (Plus), didn’t work (Minus), was surprising (Interesting), should be done next time (Recommendation), and didn’t get fully addressed (Question). Learned a lot”.

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?”

Strategic Planning Exercises – 6 Ways to Organize Lists of Ideas

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They need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results. Download this free, action-focused mini-book to: Learn smart ways to separate strategic opportunities from the daily noise of business. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success.

Strategic Thinking – Job Descriptions Don’t Define Innovation Potential

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As in, “We’ve learned from experience that we don’t want them drug into other tasks they might be able to contribute to if that causes performance and timeliness to suffer.” Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use.

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.

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.

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.

11 Boring Details for Making Strategic Planning Fun*

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Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders need high-impact ways to develop employees that can provide input into strategy and then turn it into results. Download this free, action-focused mini-book to: Learn smart ways to separate strategic opportunities from the daily noise of business.

9 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Strategic Conversations

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Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders need high-impact ways to develop employees that can provide input into strategy and then turn it into results. Download this free, action-focused mini-book to: Learn smart ways to separate strategic opportunities from the daily noise of business.

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. 6 Steps to Figuring out Your Company’s Big Strategy Statements. Branding Strategy – The Best Brand Promise EVER.

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 – 6 Ideas to Put a List in Order

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They need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results. Download this free, action-focused mini-book to: Learn smart ways to separate strategic opportunities from the daily noise of business. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success.

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

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. Creating Strategic Impact” Leaders need high-impact ways to develop employees that can provide input into strategy and then turn it into results.

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.

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. Learn what insights the participants already have and don’t have. In the new Brainzooming strategy eBook 321 GO! ,

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

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They need strategic thinkers who can develop strategy and turn it into results. Download this free, action-focused mini-book to: Learn smart ways to separate strategic opportunities from the daily noise of business. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation 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. “Internal politics” 3 Strategies for Navigating a Political Environment.

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.

15 Things to Look for in a Business Collaboration

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There is a mutual commitment to learning from the business collaboration. Beyond learning more from the collaboration’s outcomes, it should provide an opportunity to learn about each other and our brand. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success.

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

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That is quite far away from the usual (and unfair) stereotype of the designer as the introverted creative type slaving away alone on a computer or in a studio. What I learned in design school. Product design.

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. Creating Strategic Impact” Senior executives are looking for employees who are strong collaborators and communicators while being creative and flexible.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

10 Project Planning Questions for Launching New Programs

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What is the business strategy behind launching this new program? Creating Strategic Impact” Senior executives are looking for employees who are strong collaborators and communicators while being creative and flexible.

5 Keys to Streamlining Strategic Planning

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Most executives can’t write a strategy plan, so don’t make them. Since strategy planning is an infrequent activity, it is difficult for executives to master it. This implies focusing participants on contributing in ways that they can be most productive.

5 Employee Engagement Ideas When Turnover Is High

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Download this free, action-focused mini-book to: Learn smart ways to separate strategic opportunities from the daily noise of business. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use.

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 Internal Branding Strategy Challenges.

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.

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. Title: Click here to learn more.

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