The Elusive Skill – Strategic Thinking – How To Get and Measure

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How to Get and Measure Strategic Thinking As leaders, we know that it is critical to today’s changing times to think differently about what’s in front of us. Change collaboration Creativity culture Innovation Leadership Decision Making High performance strategic thinking Teamwork

Strategic Thinking Exercise – Switch the Characters Around

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We frequently facilitate a strategic thinking exercise that uses a character outside a situation as the perspective. There’s no guarantee this strategic thinking exercise works in every situation. Since it worked so well the other day, however, we wanted to pass it along right away as a strategic thinking exercise to consider when you have the right types of characters to make it work.

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Strategic Thinking Exercise – Who Can You Trust?

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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. What’s even better about these four strategic thinking questions? Extreme Creativity.

13 Strategic Thinking Questions to Imagine a Radically Different Future

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Originating in a long-term future visioning exercise we designed and facilitated for a client, we developed these questions to prompt a group’s thinking about dramatic future change. Strategic Thinking Questions to Imagine a Radically Different Future. Once you provide hypotheses on what you suspect the future will be like in your market, these strategic thinking questions are productive to reinforce dramatic changes ahead.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – Use a New SWOT Nobody Expects

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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! Use a New SWOT Strategic Thinking Exercise Nobody Expects. Go into your next strategy meeting with a different spin on this important, yet tired old strategic thinking exercise. Going into a strategy meeting today that is sure to be a snoozer ?

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.

Strategic Thinking Exercise: What’s Missing in what Your Brand Offers?

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At an Idea Magnets workshop, we shared a strategic thinking exercise we call Rock-Paper-Scissors. In the post-workshop evaluation, one attendee asked about extending this strategic thinking exercise to identify things you aren’t currently doing that you should be doing. The individual asking the question suggested it as a fourth element of the Rock-Paper-Scissors strategic thinking exercise (perhaps as Rock Number 2). Stimulate fresh thinking.

9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Innovative Ideas from Experts

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9 Strategic Thinking Questions – Innovative Ideas from Experts. Many of the strategic thinking questions we share help people imagine things that have never happened. Related posts Strategic Thinking Questions – What defines an Idea or a Product Name? Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Creativity Innovation Performance Strategic Thinking Tools innovative ideas strategic thinking questions

9 Strategic Thinking Skills to Create Clarity for Great Ideas

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That’s when having the strategic thinking skills to extract the great ideas from everything else is so vital to them seeing the light of day and getting the consideration they deserve. 9 Strategic Thinking Skills to Create Clarity for Great Ideas. Thinking about some of the strategic thinking skills involved in that task, here is a handy checklist you can use with yourself and others to see how adept you (or they) are at surfacing great ideas.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – 17 Questions to Find Innovation Case Studies

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While that might be a comforting perspective if you’re fond of business isolationism, it’s rarely true once you start to explore the business strategically. But given our unwillingness to settle for that easy answer, we created a rapid fire strategic thinking exercise to push for ideas. Strategic Thinking Exercise – 17 Questions to Find Innovation Case Studies. Who are our strategic partners?

Strategic Thinking Questions – An Early Checkpoint for this Year

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That’s why instead of typing out nine strategic thinking questions from various business conversations (and contemplations) so far this week, I decided to Sharpie marker and share them with you in this image. These are strategic thinking questions our clients are asking. Download our FREE eBook: The 600 Most Powerful Strategic Planning Questions. Extreme Creativity. I needed a new way to express myself last night.

Thinking Strategically – 32 Ideas for a Strategic Thinking-Friendly Office

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What could you do to your boring office so you and others are thinking strategically more readily and effectively? Someone searched and came to the Brainzooming.com website looking for strategic thinking in the office examples. While we have a post on doing thinking strategically without leaving the office , we don’t have anything on how the physical surroundings of an office can boost strategic thinking. Strategic Inputs.

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Reimagining the Organization 

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You and others on your senior management team are beginning to see that strategic reality. How, if you are facing this situation, can you initiate a conversation with strategic thinking questions safe enough to raise the issue? 5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Reimagining the Organization. Using today as a starting point, reimagine specific strategic aspects, one at a time, to initiate the conversation. Stimulate fresh thinking.

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Engage Employees in Reorganization

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A participant at a Brainzooming creative leadership presentation stayed afterward. 5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Engage Employees in Reorganization. I offered him five strategic thinking questions: When is our organization at its best in performing the variety of activities we do? All five strategic thinking questions avoid anyone needing to game the answers to protect themselves or expose anyone else. Stimulate fresh thinking.

Try Nook and Cranny Strategic Thinking Exercises for a Huge Impact!

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Nook and cranny strategic thinking exercises. The nook and cranny strategic thinking exercises term popped into my head during a Brainzooming client workshop. Each strategic thinking exercise poster had four or five brand dimensions on the Y-axis. You do the math with this strategic thinking exercise. You’ll quickly see why we love the productivity of nook and cranny strategic thinking exercises so much! – Mike Brown.

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.

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!

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?

Creative Thinking – 13 Unexpected Benefits of a Strategic Thinking Workshop

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Last week, we presented a creative and strategic thinking workshop for a Brainzooming reader who leads the national sales division of a global industrial manufacturer. We integrated the Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop into their annual sales meeting. While we did that, an early exercise during the strategic thinking workshop shaped the rest of the day. 13 Unexpected Benefits of a Strategic Thinking Workshop.

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 Questions – Teeter-Totter Rules of Life

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Here is a quickie strategic thinking question for you: If you saw your life as a teeter-totter, what rules of life would guide your behaviors and how you treat others? If teeter-totter rules of life guided your strategic thinking and actions, would you. Think about how you being on top means another person is not and treat them with respect, particularly knowing the positions are easily reversed?

Strategic Thinking Exercise – 18 Ideas to Re-imagine a Threatened Business Model

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The article inspired a laundry list of strategic thinking exercise prompts to re-imagine a threatened business model when your service offering is under assault from online offerings, bots, or some other form of complete automation. A New Strategic Thinking Exercise. Here is how we see this new strategic thinking exercise coming together. This strategic thinking exercise is straight from the Brainzooming R&D Labs. Extreme Creativity.

21 Strategic Thinking Questions to Ask When You Have Nothing to Ask

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I suggested another one: Go ahead and ask a great strategic thinking question. The next natural question in our conversation was about what types of strategic thinking questions to ask. While I think there’s a Brainzooming blog post for this, it was almost faster to write a new, updated list of questions than to find the post. That’s why having a book of Brainzooming creative leadership ideas all in one place will be so handy! ).

Creative vs. Strategic Thinking: What’s The Difference?

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There are two distinct (though complementary) ways to work through a problem and develop a solution: we might label them ‘creative thinking’ and ‘strategic thinking’. There are many possible definitions for these two modes of thought, but practically you can think of them in terms of the following principles… The key principles of creative thinking Take your time: a creative thought can strike any time, day or night.

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. I disabused them of the idea, however, that their narrow job descriptions were synonymous with narrow strategic thinking roles. I reminded them (in case no one ever had) that they had a HUGE brand role no matter how narrow everyone thinks they are as a group.

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Answer Before Making a Decision

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5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Answer Before Making a Decision. Here are five strategic thinking questions you should identify well before you are on the verge of making a decision: Who owns making the decision? If you answer those strategic thinking questions early, your decision making will likely be more simple, clear, and streamlined. 9 ideas for introducing your strategic plan with style and impact to engage your organization.

The Power of Positive Thinking Plus Strategic Thinking Questions

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My dad was a huge believer in The Power of Positive Thinking. I think that book, by Norman Vincent Peale (affiliate link) was the first self-help book he tried to get me to read. For some reason, I particularly resisted The Power of Positive Thinking , although I’m hard pressed to say why. For whatever reason, though, I do not think I ever read the book in its entirety. The Power of Positive Thinking Plus Strategic Thinking Questions.

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.

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. All too often poorly facilitated planning efforts become chaotic or worse, boring. Learn three ways to create real enthusiasm for your next planning effort. Strategy Development

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: Short-Term Weakness, Long-Term Strength

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We mentioned how frequently we’re being asked to incorporate uncertainty into Brainzooming creativity and strategic thinking presentations. We have considerable content on moving forward amid uncertainty (including the 4 Strategies for Implementing in Uncertain Times eBook), and we’re developing additional strategic thinking pieces on uncertainty and flexibility.

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 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 – 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 – 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 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 Exercises – Doing the Impossible with Nothing?

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That would definitely take extreme creativity ! A New Add to Our Extreme Creativity Strategic Thinking Exercises. Thinking about the statement further and the audacity of trying to do “the impossible with nothing” suggested this idea was the ultimate in extreme creativity. ” Why are we adding this strategic thinking question? Those were all new ideas – some demonstrating more extreme creativity than others.

7 Strategic Thinking Questions – What Happens on the Way to Your Brand?

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Louis arch, however, it suggests multiple strategic thinking questions you can ask for your brand’s success. 7 Strategic Thinking Questions on the Way to Your Brand? These seven strategic thinking questions focus on what happens to your customers on the way to your brand. Run through these seven strategic thinking questions and see what possibilities your answers suggest. On the Way to the Arch.

Strategic Thinking on 4 Years of Hoping and Praying

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Strategically, it’s smart to avoid experiments at the top of any organization, but this is what we’re facing. . Pick your position, do your strategic thinking, and start creating positive change — today! – Mike Brown. Related posts Praying for Creativity Strategic Living – Integrating Spiritual and Business Lives as an Entrepreneur C-Level Executives and Ethical Missteps – W W WYTYATHTYCEO D? A new national experiment begins.

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.