4 Ways to Sharpen Your Strategic-Thinking Skills


In a recent survey, 97% of 10,000 senior leaders surveyed said that being strategic was the leadership behavior most important to their organization’s success—but another study indicated that fully 96% of leaders say they lack the time for strategic thinking.*.

12 Strategic Thinking Exercises to Stretch Executive Perspectives


One reader asked recently about stretching a senior executive team’s thinking during strategic planning. She is seeking strategic thinking exercises to include in her organization’s executive committee senior retreat. 12 Strategic Thinking Exercises to Stretch Executive Perspectives. Here are our suggestions for strategic thinking exercises to lead an executive team to consider its current situation and future opportunities in dramatically different ways.


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Is Context the Missing Piece in Your Strategic Thinking?

Focused Momentum

You think you have seen these slides before, yet your eyes strain to identify the piece of data the presenter is discussing. What role does this data have in your strategic planning? Strategic ThinkingLet me know if this rings true for you.

Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Strategic Thinking: All the same?

Focused Momentum

Thinking is very trendy these days. There are multiple articles promoting design thinking, the value of systems thinking and the need for greater strategic thinking skills, but are these all the same thing? Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking Exercise – Switch the Characters Around


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.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – Who Can You Trust?


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?

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 TeamworkWe need to get out of “business as usual” and break through the status quo mindset to push our teams to get more innovation, growth, and new.

13 Strategic Thinking Questions to Imagine a Radically Different Future


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.

Too Many Goals! Apply strategic thinking to motivate not overwhelm.

Focused Momentum

This was the question I posed to stimulate a brainstorming exercise during a recent Strategic Thinking Workshop. Strategic Thinking“What are the greatest challenges you face?”.

Strategic Thinking Question – What’s your mirror?


Here’s the strategic thinking question I saw in that moment: Where are your mirrors? 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. Download this free, action-focused mini-book to: Learn smart ways to separate strategic opportunities from the daily noise of business.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – A SWOT Analysis to Push Thinking


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. It received enough attention that we decided to share an additional strategic thinking exercise that puts a twist on the typical SWOT analysis. To add depth and breadth to the strategic thinking exercise, however, we add four probes to each area of the SWOT analysis.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – Use a New SWOT Nobody Expects


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 ?

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Engage Employees in Reorganization


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. Whether you are just starting your strategy or think you are well down the path, you can use this eBook to: Engage your team.

26 Strategic Thinking Questions to Truly Understand Yourself


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.

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


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.

7 Strategic Thinking Questions When Things Aren’t Working


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.

9 Strategic Thinking Skills to Create Clarity for Great Ideas


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.

9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Innovative Ideas from Experts


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

Strategic Thinking Questions – An Early Checkpoint for this Year


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. I needed a new way to express myself last night.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – A SWOT Analysis Example from the Safe


We use strategic thinking exercises and questions as “detours” around organizational thinking that is in a rut. Asking questions in a different way than is typically done forces people to look at new possibilities and actually think before blurting out the standard answers. We have previously shared strategic detours for getting to new thinking about an organization’s threats and opportunities.

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


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 Exercise – 17 Questions to Find Innovation Case Studies


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?

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


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 


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.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas


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.

16 Strategic Thinking Exercises Ready to Go for You Right Now!


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!

4 Strategic Thinking Exercises to Envision Future Strategy


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


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


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.

Strategic Thinking Questions – Teeter-Totter Rules of Life


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 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.

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Answer Before Making a Decision


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.

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. 21 Strategic Thinking Questions When You Have Nothing to Ask. Creative Thinking Help Is on the Way – Idea Magnets!

9 Strategic Thinking Questions – Helping Teams Execute Strategy


9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Helping Teams Execute Strategy. When it comes to helping teams execute strategy, we recommend leaders ask themselves these strategic thinking questions before convening the team to launch a new initiative. Were serious, strategic people involved in creating the strategy? 10 Keys to Engaging Stakeholders to Improve Strategic Results. Many organizations are in the early stages of executing new strategies for this year.

A Strategic Thinking Framework Is Better than an Answer


Or you receive confirmation from a speaker that what you have been thinking is right (or pretty close to right), and you can take that back to the office and tell the boss. A Strategic Thinking Framework Is Better than an Answer, Really! Instead, I include lots of strategic thinking frameworks for decision making. While these strategic thinking frameworks aren’t answers, they allow you to quickly develop answers even in areas where you lack experience.

Strategic Thinking – Job Descriptions Don’t Define Innovation Potential


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.

Enthusiasm: A Vital Element in Strategic Thinking.

Focused Momentum

Strategic thinking should be the most fun a leadership team has together, but without the right guidance, it can be viewed as mundane. Strategy development is the most creative work leadership teams get to do together; rather it should be. 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

The Power of Positive Thinking Plus Strategic Thinking Questions


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.

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.

Why Strategy Simulation Is a Powerful Strategic Thinking and Strategy Development Tool?

Ankush Chopra

Strategy simulation is a powerful method in developing strategy as well as in teaching strategic thinking. In this article, I explain strategy simulation and how it can benefit your organization in teaching strategic thinking as well as in building strategy alignment.

Renew Strategic Thinking without Rewriting your Strategic Plan

Focused Momentum

Strategic thinking requires a shift in mindset from the problem-solving, now-oriented practice relied upon to manage transactions to a less linear, more chaotic future-oriented process in which problem-solving structures reaches their limits. Because making this mental and process shift is difficult when managing operations, time to take on more complex planning discussions is frequently labeled “strategic planning.” Strategic Management

8 Strategic Thinking Experiment Starters for Anticipating the Class of 2025


His keynote got us thinking about how today’s ten-year-olds (the Class of 2025) will change the landscape for brands, following in the wake of the impact millennials have created. A Future-Looking Strategic Thinking Experiment. Reviewing the copious notes, here are strategic thinking starters for thought experiments as you imagine your future organization and market. Old Hat, Old Thinking, or Both?

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.