Strategic Thinking Exercise – Who Can You Trust?

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The topic was trust, and how people that grew up in negative home environments with crappy parents can learn to trust and not trust the right people. 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.

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.

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26 Strategic Thinking Questions to Truly Understand Yourself

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Late at night while reading the daily mass readings for the next day and thinking about how one can better understand oneself, I started writing. This list of strategic thinking questions emerged. Strategic thinking questions aren’t only for businesses and organizations. Individuals can also strategic thinking questions to more thoroughly explore what’s important, where they are headed, and how consistently their actions support their goals.

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?

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.

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.” 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?

Enthusiasm: A Vital Element in Strategic Thinking.

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Strategy development is the most creative work leadership teams get to do together; rather it should be. Strategic thinking should be the most fun a leadership team has together, but without the right guidance, it can be viewed as mundane. Learn three ways to create real enthusiasm for your next planning effort. All too often poorly facilitated planning efforts become chaotic or worse, boring.

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 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 – 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 – 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 Skills – What Does Your Analysis Style Look Like?

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During a strategic thinking skills workshop for a client, we shared ideas for taking information from varied sources and identifying strategic themes. The picture represents two approaches to strategic thinking skills that analysts I’ve met throughout my career display. In answering the question about what kind of strategic thinking skills and analysis you’re comfortable with performing, the answer should be BOTH types.

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 – 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 – What do you LOVE about your business?

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Yes, I’m serious about that strategic thinking question. If you struggle with those questions, take a time out right away and do the strategic thinking needed to get back in touch with the love in what you do. What brought this up was a planning and strategic thinking workshop we were conducting for a business-to-business client. Boost Your Creativity with “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation”. What do you LOVE about your business?

Strategic Thinking – The Smartest Things You Could Do, But Don’t

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We (and by “we” I mean “I”) would like to believe we’re strong at strategic thinking in business. And an appreciation of strategic thinking from a business perspective SHOULD extend over into ALL the decisions we make. With strategic thinking, it’s often so much easier to apply it to other organizations and people than to our own situation. It’s easy, when it comes to strategic thinking, to KNOW better.

Strategic Thinking Skills – 5 Keys to Leading Groups to Action

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What strategic thinking skills are important in helping find agreement for action amid a big, unstructured conversation? 5 Strategic Thinking Skills to Lead Groups to Action. Here are five strategic thinking skills you can employ in comparable group situations: Listen for verbs. If you can find agreement there, it’s a powerful combination: the leader picking up on a more marginal player’s strategic thinking.

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.

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”.

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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The tall structures store grain for processing, and you learn as a kid that they can be both combustible and explosive. 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.

Trying Painstorming Before Creative Problem Solving

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In business, you’re usually equal parts discovering problems AND using creative problem solving to address the issues. They wanted to leave the creative problem solving for later. Trying Painstorming Before Creative Problem Solving. Sign up to gain your strategic advantage!

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.

35 Lessons Learned (or Reconfirmed) in the Last Two Years Away from Corporate Life

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For the first six years of The Brainzooming Group, I published a list near our anniversary date with twenty-five lessons learned or reconfirmed in the most recent year away from full-time corporate life. When things took a dramatic stop , turn , and figure out how to regroup recently, I revisited the idea, figuring I HAD to have learned or reconfirmed many lessons during the two-year hiatus for this previously annual article.

Creative Ideas – Are too many bold ideas killing your creativity?

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From a day-to-day perspective in the corporate world, we didn’t necessarily use objective metrics about creative ideas. After talking with a friend, I think the percent of time you are told to pull back your creative ideas because they are too big and bold may be a good way to assess how your creativity is faring in an organization. The cumulative impact is she no longer offers big creative ideas because there isn’t any point.

1 Startling Way Creative Thinking Exercises Constrain New Ideas

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Delivering a creative thinking workshop , I was eavesdropping on conversations at five tables full of attendees. One group was starting to use one of our creative thinking exercises. Even though creative thinking exercises and strategy questions are intended to help people approach familiar situations in new ways, they can easily become new boundaries to constrain thinking. They should inspire, not limit thinking.

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.

Creative Thinking – We All Have Our “Pizza Meeting” Weak Spots

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What’s a “pizza meeting,” and what does it have to do with creative thinking? Back in the Fortune 500 days, we facilitated so many strategic planning workshop sessions we gave up renting creativity-oriented offsite locations. We’d make creative thinking happen wherever we could find a large enough meeting room at one of our headquarters locations. To do SOMETHING to make the space a little creative, we’d arrange the tables and chairs every which way.

Creative Thinking Exercises for Sales – Easy as ABC

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I’ll be presenting on social media super models , followed by a VERY QUICK creative thinking exercises for sales presentation. The creative thinking exercises for sales content is a different take on both familiar and some new creative thinking topics. While Daniel Pink never came out and associated the skills enabling the new ABC with “creative thinking,” they screamed creative thinking to me.

8 Pieces of Creative Advice from a Great and Horrible Client

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Short Story: When it comes to creativity, start with and return to the underlying strategy ; that’s the most important piece of creative advice I have to offer. I’ve been trying to let go of some creative reins on the Brainzooming brand. This transition forces me to formally communicate aspects of the Brainzooming brand, including strategic assumptions and brand personality, vocabulary, design standards, and other elements that have only been in my head until now.

Creative Thinking Skills – 9 Fundamentals to Turn Talk into Strategy

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9 Creative Thinking Skills to Turn Talk into Strategy. The team leader’s question prompted this list of 9 creative thinking skills that help turn strategic conversations (or even conversations that seem like talking without any particular strategic focus) into something that feels like strategy. Tie the comments to a structure that’s familiar , already sold in, popular with many people, or classically strategic.

Innovation Strategy – 40 Articles on Fostering an Innovative Workplace Culture

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Articulating Your Strategic Innovation Direction in an Understandable Way. Strategic Thinking Questions to Identify What Matters for a Brand. Workplace Diversity – The Why, Who, and How of Strategic Thinking. Strategic Thinking Success – 3 Critical Thinking Perspectives. Strategic Thinking Perspectives – Three Strategic Voices to Include on Your Team. Creative Thinking – The Math of Brainstorming and New Ideas. #3

Learning 5 Innovation Strategy Lessons as an Entrepreneur

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The size and scale of opportunities you pursue, even in a company that was not always all that innovative, oriented me to think a big team and significant dollars are vital for real innovation. Given that, moving to an entrepreneurial environment in 2009 was new territory when it came to learning innovation strategy lessons. 5 Innovation Strategy Lessons Learned as an Entrepreneur. I’ve found that if we are strategic, the pieces fit or make sense later at a high rate. #4.

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Creative Thinking Skills for Sales – A Workshop Approach

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We’re with a client today, delivering a strategic and creative thinking skills for sales workshop. As an outgrowth of the workshop, here is a strategic and creative thinking skills compilation comprised of articles that support the Brainzooming workshop we’re delivering. Setting the Stage for Creative Thinking Skills for Sales. Structure and Creative Thinking Skills. Embracing a Strategic Sales Perspective.

Creative Quickies – A Vital New Product Development Question to Ask

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There are soooooooooooooo many ways to generate creative ideas. Since the idea worked, however, we’re running with the concept and resurrecting a feature name we haven’t used for quite some time: Creative Quickies. These features will include photos and strategic thinking questions or innovation prompts. Learn all about how Mike Brown’s workshops on creating strategic impact can boost your success!

Strategic Planning Exercises – Asking Questions People Can Answer

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That is evidenced by our web traffic as searches for effective strategic planning exercises and effective strategy meetings jump. Invariably, executives are seeking information on strategic thinking exercises suited to making strategic planning participants more effective and successful. Strategic Thinking Exercises – Some Work, Some Don’t. Why, you may ask, does this video remind me of strategic planning exercises?

The 10 Vital Areas to Focus on Right Now

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Facing a complete business shutdown, our team used a combination of strategic thinking and real-time course correction to stay engaged with and attempt to re-win the customers we couldn’t currently serve. Prioritize Strategic Issues. Strategic isn’t five years from now.

5 Ideas When an Uber-Positive Boss Crushes Creative Thinking

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We’ve certainly covered the heck out of how bad bosses , toxic cultures , and negative comments can crush creative thinking and creativity. These all dampen creative thinking because while ideas are in the awkward stage when someone has just envisioned them, the last thing you need is to attack them because they are outside the norm or aren’t fully-formed. Suppose a team is charged with doing the creative thinking to generate new ideas for an initiative.

25 Lessons Learned (or Reconfirmed) in Year Six Away from Corporate Life

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This year, however, I think is going to be the last one. 25 Lessons Learned (or Reconfirmed) in Year Six Away from Corporate Life. For at least one more time though, here are my twenty-five lessons learned (or re-confirmed) in the year six away from corporate life: You can afford to take your eyes off of some balls, but needing to take your eye off the business development ball is killer. Boost Your Creativity with “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation”.

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Creative Thinking Skills – 5 Quick Tips on Extreme Creativity

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We turn to extreme creativity questions to help clients imagine big ideas. It is all part of not ASKING for big ideas ; we use big questions that enhance peoples’ natural creative thinking skills. Based on our experience using extreme creativity questions, they DO tend to yield bigger ideas. 5 Quick Tips on Extreme Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills. Plan the series of extreme creativity questions you are going to use.