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

Idea Drop

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.

What the digital transformation trend means for technology resellers

The Future Shapers

In other words, they are simply looking to introduce new digital capabilities such as artificial intelligence (AI) powered chat-bots or sophisticated data analytics software to help augment existing services and stimulate revenue growth.

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How Consulting Will Likely Change Because of the Pandemic


Consultants are increasingly being pigeonholed as either “strategic” (and worth the high price) or basic “resources” for implementation (and not worth more than a modest hourly rate). The uncertainty unleashed by the pandemic reinforced that strategic thinking is needed more than ever, and clients will continue to pay top dollar for contingency planning, scenario planning, and business strategy.

Could Digital Transformation drive a nail in innovation’s coffin?

The Future Shapers

Many senior executives are taking note, thinking about their digital transformation strategy, about their readiness for digital transformation and how this new way of working will affect their business. Meanwhile, hardware and software firms are creating a lot of messaging and hype about digital transformation. Because this is true, I think digital transformation could have a significantly negative impact on innovation. Innovation Platforms Strategic Thinking

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Network Operating Model: How To Design, Build & Embed An Agile Operating Platform Geared For Mounting Complexity & Rapid Change…

The Future Shapers

When I overlaid my own strategic change experience and compared notes with the agile operating model approach that my team and I have developed at AllChange, I confess I struggled with some of the concepts within the book from a ‘how can it be practically applied’ point of view.

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How Consulting Will Likely Change Because of the Pandemic

Innovation Excellence

Consultants are increasingly being pigeonholed as either “strategic” (and worth the high price) or basic “resources” for implementation (and not worth more than a modest hourly rate). The consulting industry was already being disrupted before the coronavirus.

How To Change The Way Local Government Works From The Inside Out

Moves the Needle

The way a city works, the way it prioritizes and manages projects and tests new ideas, has a profound impact on all of its “customers”, influencing staff morale and residents’ reactions.

Innovating in community: does crowdsourcing yield bad ideas?


Although it may seem obvious, when launching and sharing a crowdsourcing process with a community of collaborators, there should be a purpose behind the process and strategic thinking regarding the challenges open to participation.

It’s a Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s a User Champion

Boxes and Arrows

Like a superhero created when the contents of two beakers accidentally combine, a powerful hybrid has emerged in the software development world: the user champion. We’ve found that, depending on the size of the project, it’s less than a job but more than a task: It’s essentially being asked to head a project and the exact bandwidth required will vary with the project.

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Content Strategy — in 3D!

Boxes and Arrows

Creating a successful integrated media environment involves design of every stripe (interior, 3D, graphic, UX, UI), as well as software development, hardware engineering, content creation, and curation. That wall is crying out for a projection!

How to setup an ‘innovation team’


This special team needs to be strategic, tactical, agile and fast. You need strategic thinking to plan the innovation transformation journey. To become really innovative, your company needs a special culture, a new mindset across all levels, disciplines, and functions.