3 Vital Employee Engagement Strategies for Winning Ideas

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One reveals an important lesson as you develop employee engagement strategies. 3 Vital Employee Engagement Strategies for Winning Ideas. The obvious lesson relative to employee engagement strategies is simple: Listen to, consider, and act on smart ideas from team members.

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.

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Branding Strategy – 3 Keys to Engaging Your Internal Brand Team

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I’ll be presenting a Brainzooming workshop on internal branding strategy at the Brand Strategy Conference in New York, April 6-8. The workshop, while drawing on material from my Fortune 500 work, springs from multiple conversations at the 2015 Brand Strategy Conference. The discussions focused on when employees should be brought into branding strategy decisions. 3 Keys to Engaging Your Internal Brand Team.

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.

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. If, however, usage is declining for one of the best ways your brand delivers customer benefits, should your turnaround branding strategy focus on cutting back in providing it? What Turnaround Branding Strategy Is Best? ” Abundance as a Turnaround Branding Strategy. 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Create Improved Results.

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. The question was whether it makes sense to try and engage employees in the ways I discussed when they aren’t likely to be around for very long. 5 Employee Engagement Ideas for High-Turnover Employees. 10 Employee Engagement Ideas to Improve Strategic Results.

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.

Innovation Strategy – Here, There, and Everywhere

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While there’s more to come in the months ahead, here are highlights of a couple of innovation strategy presentations this week to very different groups. Innovation Strategy in Your Organization – An Innovative Workplace Culture. Meaningfully engaging employees when inviting them to share ideas. Innovation Strategy across a Community – Forward to the Future. 10 Employee Engagement Ideas to Improve Strategic Results.

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. Since we’re involved at the heart of driving the process to develop a collaborative strategy, we navigate our way through the development process based on an organization’s specific culture enablers and quirks. 4 Vital Characteristics of Collaborative Strategy Leaders.

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.

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.

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. 9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Helping Teams Execute Strategy. Do you personally believe in the strategy? Were serious, strategic people involved in creating the strategy?

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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Brand Strategy – Giving Employees Time with a New Brand Promise

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When a brand strategy change is planned, what happens first? An earlier “Inside the Executive Suite” article from Armada Corporate Intelligence addressed this important brand strategy question about how changes are rolled out to the public. Yet, discussions and presentations at a brand strategy conference indicate many brands act as if “nearly simultaneously” is sufficient. This could come via broad employee involvement in providing input to the strategy.

Why a Thought Leadership Strategy Isn’t What Your Brand Needs

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I’m scheduled for a background interview today on creating a thought leadership strategy. While I’m sure it was a completely sincere gesture, I think pursuing a thought leadership strategy isn’t something a brand or an individual shouldn’t do. My personal antipathy toward thought leadership strategy stems from a moment during corporate life. We have also never pitched a client on developing a thought leadership strategy or influencer marketing program.

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 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. Turn strategy into a game and let the team assign roles to specific team members.

3 Big Differences between Branding Strategy and Advertising

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The talk prompted several conversations about the distinctions between branding strategy and advertising. I surprised several attendees by discussing branding strategy as a fundamental element of business strategy for any organization. 3 Big Differences between Branding Strategy and Advertising. Advertising relates to marketing strategy. Branding incorporates communications plus people, product, and physical evidence.

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. This helps a group inside of a strategy meeting work harder and more effectively to generate ideas. Creating engagement with our employees ? What are WEAKNESSES relative to: Delivering the product attributes and performance most important to customer s? Need to get your strategy developed quickly?

You Can’t Fix Morale

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We talk about a lot of things: leadership talent, product quality, business model. 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. You can fix a product. You certainly can fix engagement.

Identifying the Value of Crowdsourcing: A Talk with Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber

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Traditional approaches to creating innovation strategies are no longer providing effective solutions. NASA used this product strategy approach when manufacturing a glove worn by astronauts on spacewalks. Better employee engagement is one benefit of open innovation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

113 Ideas for Strategic Planning Process Improvement

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To make it a little easier to track down ideas for how you can approach developing strategy this year, here are nineteen Brainzooming articles filled with 113 techniques and ideas for improving your organization’s strategic planning process. 4 Ways to Make a Strategic Planning Process Productive. 10 Signs of a Strategy Planning Meeting Nightmare. 11 Boring Details for Making Strategy Planning Fun. 9 Strategic Thinking Questions – Helping Teams Execute Strategy.

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.

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. 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. Actively engage more employees in strategy AND implementation success.

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.

Who Should Facilitate Strategic Planning? 10 Vital Characteristics

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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. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success. Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Performance Strategic Planning Strategy Tools professional facilitator

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. Brainzooming - All Posts Branding Collaboration Innovation Performance Strategic Thinking Strategy Tools collaboration opportunities

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. When you develop a plan from a collaborative, conversationally-driven strategy planning process , you see other tangible impacts. 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.

5 Things Collaborative Strategic Planning Isn’t

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Collaborative planning implies a process that goes beyond the board room to include individuals throughout the organization in meaningful ways to provide insights and input to shape organizational strategy. Instead of just inviting people and seeing what happens, we carefully identify and vet potential participants in collaborative strategy planning. A large group really makes collaborative strategy planning work. 10 Keys to Engaging Employees to Improve Strategic Results.

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 Planning – 3 Surprising Ways Online Collaboration Works

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When discussing a strategic planning or innovation strategy engagement with a client, we use the graphic below to design our recommended approach. We use multiple ways to gather input to ensure that by the time we bring a bigger group together for an in-person visioning workshop we’ve fully exploited more efficient, lower-risk, lower-investment formats to engage participants and solicit input for strategic planning.

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.

Leadership Training – Walmart Hopes for Big Impact

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That does not mean everyone determines and forms strategy. Instead of simply knowing something is working or not, strategic frontline employees can provide valuable feedback on early warning signs when strategy that appears fantastic in the boardroom is not working in the field. 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.

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. Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success.

12 Questions to Jump Start Your Strategic Planning Process

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Seriously, we started in April, laying out how we’d approach everything so that by the time we engaged the rest of the organization in mid-summer we had everything ready to go. If you need help to speed up the process, actively involve more employees, or make planning more productive than it has been in the past, contact us. 10 Keys to Involving Employees In Your Strategy. Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use.

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. 9 Strategic Thinking Questions – Helping Teams Execute Strategy. Innovation Strategy – 4 Organizational Change Management Struggles at Disney. 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Improve Strategic Results.

5 Ideas for Simplified Strategic Planning this Year

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Prioritize the time you invest in creating specific product/service marketing plans based on each one’s expected contribution to revenue and profit growth. Look at how many strategies and tactics you actually implemented this year, and use that as the threshold for how deeply detailed your plan for next year should be. If you have a bunch of unimplemented strategies and tactics for this year that are still sound, simply use those for next year’s plan.

9 Big Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Addressing Now

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Innovation Strategy. 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 Innovation Strategic Planning Strategic Thinking Strategy Tools strategic planning process strategic thinking questions