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

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Engage Employees in Reorganization


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.


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Strategic Thinking 101: Strategy Is The Answer to These 5 Questions


entrepreneurship Innovation Leadership Strategy Ford Motor Company strategic thinkingThe President and CEO for Ford Motor Company, Mark Fields, had a conference where he spoke about Ford entering the self-driving car race in 2021 hoping to establish Ford as a leader in this field. Of course, self-driving is the next car revolution so it’s not surprising to hear Ford is entering the space.

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


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! ).

Enthusiasm: A Vital Element in Strategic Thinking.

Focused Momentum

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

Branding Strategy – A Strategic Thinking Question to Add New Value


One way to look at your branding strategy to identify new value opportunities is to ask this strategic thinking question: What mistakes are customers prone to make before and after they work with us, and how can we eliminate (maybe even guarantee to eliminate) any of those mistakes? Think about this opportunity if you’re a vehicle graphics company. Spend fifteen minutes today thinking about the dumb mistakes that happen before and after what you do.

Agile Strategy – 16 Strategic Thinking Questions to Explore Disruptive Innovation


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. We thought the list was intriguing, so we secured the go ahead to share the strategic thinking questions with you here. 16 Strategic Thinking Questions to Explore Agile Strategy and Disruptive Innovation.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – An Alternative Vision Statement Approach


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.

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 Exercise – 4 Ways to Examine Brand Performance


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 – Doing the Impossible with Nothing?


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? The right combination of outside perspectives and productive strategic thinking exercises enables your brand to ideate, prioritize, and propel innovative growth.

Strategic Thinking on 4 Years of Hoping and Praying


Strategically, it’s smart to avoid experiments at the top of any organization, but this is what we’re facing. . If enough people started praying for better leadership, would divine intervention save us from what is already an ugly pattern that seems to have no hope of ending well, absent a miracle? Pick your position, do your strategic thinking, and start creating positive change — today! – Mike Brown. A new national experiment begins.

Strategic Thinking Skills – 5 Keys to Leading Groups to Action


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.

15 Expectations for Servant Leadership


Looking back ten years, suffice it to say that starting to write and publish about the work I was first doing in the Fortune 500 world as a VP of Strategic Marketing and then in launching Brainzooming was one of the most important career decisions I ever made. But if not for the blog, it would live in a file somewhere with no way to effectively retrieve it, even though it still holds up all these years later as a guideline for servant leadership and solid business behavior.

Leadership Skills – 15 Ideas for Innovative Leadership in 2017


Last week’s “Inside the Executive Suite” article from Armada Corporate Intelligence picked out highlights on leadership skills from Fast Company magazine. There are a number of team development and leadership skills mentioned that fit themes we talk about here. We added supporting links on many of the points and wanted to share the ideas with you: Leadership Skills – 15 Ideas for Innovative Leadership in 2017. Leadership Practices.

Leadership – What Real Transparency Looks Like


Learn all about how Mike Brown’s workshops on creating strategic impact can boost your success! Related posts Leaders – 10 Ideas for Thinking and Action this Week 12 Steps to Grow Diversity in Your Personal Network 11 Personal Leadership Ideas – A Series on Managing Relationships Leadership, Truth, and Other Quick Thinking for Monday 6 Strategic Success Skills for Today’s Workplace.

Personal Leadership – The Answers Are out There


Yet, having worked with the individual closely in the previous year, I witnessed the most dramatic turnaround in personal leadership I had ever seen in a co-worker. A Personal Leadership Test. Based on the personal leadership turnaround, I made the case several times for a demotion and not a termination. In the middle of ab exercises, I worried about not having the talents and personal leadership wherewithal to terminate this person.

Business Leadership – 7 Ways Mass Forms a Catholic Business Person


These connections aren’t difficult to make, having discovered over the past decade that my Catholic faith positively and meaningfully influences every aspect of how I think and what I do, even in business. For organizational innovation success, contact The Brainzooming Group to help your team be more successful by rapidly expanding strategic options and creating innovative growth strategies. Strategic Thinking – Are You Leaving Room for Unknown Ideas?

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


Suppose you’re going into a meeting and taking over leadership of a team or initiative where those you will be leading have been involved and active previously. The question in each of these cases is how you use your leadership skills so you can “fake it until you make it?”. You can employ your leadership skills to: Do some homework upfront and focus on information sources you don’t suspect others involved with the initiative have been looking to for information.

Leadership Strategy – 1 Unconventional Way to Handle a Corporate Antagonist


What leadership strategy should you employ to succeed while dealing with this type of pernicious corporate antagonist ? An Unconventional Leadership Strategy with a Corporate Antagonist. When a new executive at a company faced this situation, I counseled him to instead adopt a leadership strategy where he invites the antagonist into all the planning activities for the new initiative. You’re leading a major new initiative for your organization.

Leadership Strategy – How Much Teaching and Coaching Is Enough?


This week’s “Inside the Executive Suite” from the Armada Executive Intelligence Brief newsletter highlighted two Wall Street Journal articles examining leadership strategy in light of how involved a teacher or coach should be in the details of teaching and learning. . Leadership Strategy – How Much Teaching and Coaching Is Enough? When it comes to your leadership strategy, what are the best techniques to develop your team?

4 Ways to Turn Open-Ended Comments into Fresh Insights


An internal consultant at a healthcare company asked about ways to add value to many open-ended comments using a group strategic thinking exercise. Because a market researcher at her organizations facilitates the same exercise with their leadership team every year. Her sense was that the sameness every year caused them to overlook fresh insights that a new strategic thinking exercise would reveal.

Build New Capacity Thru New Leadership Capabilities

Focused Momentum

Implementation of a new strategic direction typically starts strong when the energy unleashed from the fun of strategic thinking is fresh. Later, once the transactional aspect of operations takes over everyone’s mindshare, it is harder to keep this energy alive, and thus the momentum on strategic goals can wane. One factor in lagging strategic focus is that leaders slide back to their comfort zone forgetting that they too must evolve. Strategic Management

The Need For Strategic Perspective


Now, more than ever, leaders and individual contributors alike must be able to look beyond short-term needs, gain a strategic perspective, and act on that perspective. What is Strategic Thinking? What is Strategic Leadership. A Strategic Mindset.

Mergers and consolidations: concepts to embrace NOW

Focused Momentum

This article is part of our Strategic Thinking During a Pandemic series. It was also not shocking to read the challenges leadership teams are facing during the Shelter-in-Place restrictions. Strategic Thinking

Innovation Strategy – 40 Articles on Fostering an Innovative Workplace Culture


That doesn’t mean leadership should spell out everything. 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.

How to practice engaged thinking

The Future Shapers

Innovation leadership requires a different way of thinking, a different type of leader. Ulf Löwenhav has advice on how you can practise engaged thinking as a leader in your organisation. The post How to practice engaged thinking appeared first on The Future Shapers. Change Management Future Thinking Strategic Thinking

Saving Hours with Strategic Planning Exercises Galore!


How can you get the most mileage from the free strategic planning eBooks we regularly offer as downloads? We do not pretend to be able to imagine EVERY single situation where you might apply our strategic thinking exercises. Yet when we create new eBooks, our main goal is ensuring the content is heavy on ideas and tools you can apply to improve strategic thinking and implementation in your organization. Using Our Own Strategic Planning Exercises.

3 Questions That May Reveal Your Hidden Strategist

Focused Momentum

This week, I was a guest on Dov Baron ’s Leadership and Loyalty podcast. This was truly an honor because Dov’s podcast has been ranked as the #1 top podcast on leadership by Inc Magazine. It was also a delight because Dov has a unique and genuine voice in the leadership development field. If Dov is new to you, check out Dov’s The Leadership and Loyalty Podcast. Strategic Thinking

8 Creative Thinking Questions & 1 More Idea for Focus in 2019


How about Creative Thinking Questions? To prepare for the in-person planning, Tara forwarded creative thinking questions that looked out from today to more than a decade into the future. While the document was daunting, working with a fresh set of questions forced me to think about completely new opportunities and issues. 8 Creative Thinking Questions to Focus Your Year. Mike is a frequent speaker on innovation, strategic thinking, and social media.

Capabilities and Leadership Close the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

Innovation 360 Group

When it comes to innovation, building capabilities and applying the right leadership style give top performing manufacturers the edge over skills-focused peers. As the manufacturing sector speeds into a world of futuristic tech and disruptive business models, creativity and innovation are becoming critical skills for figuring out how to unlock value strategically. Attracting the most skilled talent has already become a strategic focus for future-forward companies.

How Culture Change Works: 3 Lessons


In a business setting, though, you need senior leadership to be on board with a changing culture. If you think you’re done with culture change, I have news for you: your work is not only not done, your culture is probably rolling back to what it was before. Brainzooming Collaboration Communication Implementation Innovation Performance Strategic Thinking change management corporate culture Culture Change Works Making Positive Changes organizational culture

How Startups Slay Giants


For those of you who are up against incumbents, which is most everyone, here’s my answer: Don’t compete, Out-think. They were aware, but didn’t have a coherent strategy for out-thinking industry incumbents. competition entrepreneurship Innovation Leadership Strategy augmented reality marketing startups strategic thinkingIllustration credit Christian Laborin. Slaying giants is fun, almost every new disruptive company slays a giant or two.

How to Avoid Disruption with SODA


Orient – Take advantage of your diverse leadership team to assess where your business is (or could be) potentially losing competitive advantage. Decide – Regularly asking and answering a set of strengths- and weaknesses-oriented questions to help identify important strategic drivers and priorities. Reach out to them, asking what they think is happening today and in the near future. The key is to move it from a handy acronym to routine way of strategizing and implementing.

Does Your Team’s Creative Leadership Need a Boost? Here’s the Answer!


Stronger creative leadership to identify productive tactics, make better (and faster) decisions, and successfully implement with a major impact. If all that causes you look at your team and wonder where the creative leadership will come from to accomplish next year’s plan, we have a great way to make it happen: cultivate Idea Magnets throughout your team! The Answer to Boosting Creative Leadership within Your Team! Your Go-To Resource for High-Impact Creative Thinking!

7 Strategies for Creative Leadership – Exclusive Facebook Live Today


As part of the launch activities, you’re invited to a Facebook Live presentation I’m deliver on the seven Idea Magnets creative leadership strategies during the Leadership Institute conference. Idea Magnets teaches seven creative leadership strategies for becoming a more dynamic leader who inspires extreme creativity and innovative success by naturally incorporating these strategies into work and personal life: Generating Inspiration. Embodying Servant Leadership.

1 Way to Spice Up Strategy with Surprising Strategic Planning Questions


Looking for ways to spice up your organization’s strategic planning process before you lock into the same old strategy ideas shaped by your senior team’s conventional wisdom? Try asking surprising strategic planning questions to push your leadership team toward new thinking. Strategic Planning Questions that Create Surprise. That’s where unusual strategic thinking questions provide an element of surprise when developing strategy.

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Personal Leadership – What Would You Do with an Extra Day?


Eight years ago today, I published an article about personal leadership, asking the question, “What would you do with an extra day?” For organizational innovation success, contact The Brainzooming Group to help your team be more successful by rapidly expanding strategic options and creating innovative growth strategies. Brainzooming - All Posts Career Collaboration Performance personal leadership

Change Management Strategy – 35 Articles for Your Change Agent Role


A 13-Point Strategic Change Management Checklist. Strategic Thinking about What to Keep and What to Creatively Change. Why Change Is Hard – 3 Strategic Thinking Ideas for Making Change Easy. Strategic Change Management in 1 or 2 steps? Creating Strategic Impact – Challenge and Change. Creating Change with Less Leadership and Information than You’d Like. Creating Strategic Impact – How to Start?

The New Important ? Strategy for a Pandemic-Shaped World


Zane wanted to develop and share content that addressed what business executives need to be thinking about in strategy, innovation, branding, and creative leadership. I’d been ghostwriting weekly articles for executives on how to think about and move forward after the pandemic. Immersive development workshops for your leadership team to accelerate your business results. It’s been weeks since the last Brainzooming blog.

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Are you starving for powerful female leaders in your strategy planning workshop?


Are you making sure women are in leadership positions where they can voice things that need to be said that male leaders are unwilling to say? Related posts Brainstorming Is Challenging with these 6 Brainstorming Session Types Organizational Culture Cues – 18 Questions to Ask When You’re New Not Even One of These Things Is Not Like Another Outsider Perspectives – 6 Vital Insights They Offer 3 Ways to Find Strong Creative Thinking Skills in Logic-Oriented Groups.

Is a Disruptive Business Model Beyond Your Brand?


Thinking about a Disruptive Business Model for Your Brand. We hope these questions pave the way to help your leadership team think sooner than later about the opportunities and threats involved in trying to adopt a disruptive business model for your brand. Mike is a frequent speaker on innovation, strategic thinking, and social media. Morgan Chase has announced a new online brokerage platform called, You Invest.

16 Creative Thinking Questions from the Most Innovative Companies


It’s always a wonderful inspiration for strategic and creative thinking questions (plus it’s exciting that we have a current client among the companies recognized). In the spirit of the first Agility question below, rather than trying to imagine questions from across all the companies listed, we limited the focus to creative thinking questions inspired by the top ten most innovative companies’ innovation journeys and priorities.