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  • 3 Strategic Planning Process Scenarios Under Review

    In nearly every instance, we spend time with a prospective client discussing three aspects of their strategic planning process needs: What they think they want to achieve What they need to achieve The best way to make it happen using our collaborative process. Do you see your organization in any of these three current conversations […]

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  • 5 Questions to Move Creative Thinking into Action

    Short Story: Look for specifics and things that people can actually do or perform to move creative thinking into action. How do you move from creative thinking into action? That was a persistent question during a recent Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop that also included a heavy dose of content on creative thinking. Two of the […]

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  • My Most Surprising Business Strategy Tool

    Short Story: With strategic thinking tools, you want dependable ones that deliver help to move forward in a smart fashion – no matter how unusual the tool may seem. We share many Brainzooming strategy, innovation, and branding tools. The range is eclectic because their inspirations come from everywhere. In fact, one of the funniest questions […]

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  • 8 Pieces of Creative Advice from a Great and Horrible Client

    Short Story: When it comes to creativity, start with and return to the underlying strategy; that’s the most important piece of creative advice I have to offer. I’ve been trying to let go of some creative reins on the Brainzooming brand. This is a matter of necessity: too little time, too many other things to […]

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  • Strategic Planning Process – 2 Fun Ways to Frame Important Questions

    Short Story: You can take serious questions and wrap them in child-like situations to add fun and new thinking to a strategic planning process. One way to create greater engagement during a strategic planning process is through framing important questions in new ways. Sometimes that means asking familiar questions completely differently. Other times it means […]

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  • 2 Keys to Prioritizing Strategic Opportunities

    Short Story: Instead of voting on strategic priorities, use exercises incorporating individual perspectives and strategic conversations to make fact-based decisions on where to focus your company’s attention. How do you approach prioritizing strategic opportunities? There is no one way that’s right for deciding among competing initiatives. In fact, we don’t even use just one way to […]

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  • 3 Short, Funny Strategic Planning Questions

    Short Story: Strategic planning questions that allow people to challenge conventional norms are fun and lead to disruptive thinking, so employ questions to harvest ideas from the wild possibilities. The other day, someone reached out looking for short, funny, strategic planning questions. We have tons of strategic planning questions, including a few we have singled out […]

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  • Outside-In Innovation Strategy – 2 Ways to Take a Fresh Look

    Short Story: If a group of experts struggles with innovation, provide an opportunity to look at the situation from the outside to discover mental space to innovate. I was talking with an engineer at a company that primarily employs engineers. The company focuses on materials testing. He told me how difficult it is for the […]

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  • Innovation Strategy – 4 Ways to Celebrate Risk Taking

    Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal featured a piece called “Two Cheers for Failure in a Tough Drug Industry,” by Jonathan D. Rockoff. The article highlighted innovation strategy options that drug companies are using to instill and support risk-taking behaviors. These companies are trying to motivate researchers facing daunting odds for bringing a drug successfully to […]

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  • 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 […]

  • Research Methods – 14 Questions Before Planning Market Research

    If you are an organization with a limited budget but an intense need to better understand the audiences you serve, what are the best research methods to pursue? That was the question from two nonprofit executives tasked with planning market research to support a new marketing plan. Before diving into planning market research, I asked […]

  • Creative Ideas – Are too many bold ideas killing your creativity?

    From a day-to-day perspective in the corporate world, we didn’t necessarily use objective metrics about creative ideas. Too often, it came down to whether an executive liked or didn’t like an idea. After talking with a friend, I think the percent of time you are told to pull back your creative ideas because they are […]

  • 36 Articles to Explore Strategic Planning Process Activities

    Yesterday, we identified the six types of strategic planning process activities we use to design a client’s strategic thinking workshop. To facilitate you going deeper into thinking about how these activities function within a strategic planning process workshop, here are articles in each of the six areas. 6 Types of Strategic Planning Process Activities Interacting […]

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  • The 6 Types of Strategic Planning Activities for a Workshop

    What types of strategic planning activities are in a strategic thinking workshop? Readers have been asking this question frequently of late. That this is taking place during a period when many companies are IMPLEMENTING strategies suggests you understand the importance of strategy even beyond initial planning. As we collaborate with a client to design strategic […]

  • A Creativity Prayer and Reflecting on Lies We Tell Ourselves

    During the Lenten season, which starts today (Ash Wednesday), Christians are called to sacrifice in a spirit of reflection and prayer. The point is to distance ourselves from the attractive nuisances of daily living that chip away at our spiritual lives. Lies We Tell Ourselves Entering this Lenten season, I’m thinking a lot about expectations and […]

  • Corporate Branding Decisions – You Gotta Get Physical

    I long ago learned an important lesson about corporate branding decisions: no matter how many intriguing, mentally-engaging brand strategy conversations you have among senior executives, those conversations NEVER lead to final decisions. No, corporate branding decisions are only resolved when someone needs a new business card, trade show booth, brochure, or website. When you have […]

  • A Big Clue Your Strategic Planning Process Is Focused on the Wrong Issues

    Talking with a client team about facilitating its strategic planning process, we discussed why completed strategic plans sit on shelves. There are multiple reasons for this unfortunate situation. I think an important reason is when a strategic planning process focuses on the wrong issues. It happens so often: people launch into strategic planning and begin […]

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  • Strategic Planning Exercises – 7 Tools to Boost Strategic Impact

    We have released a host of eBooks on strategic planning exercises and ideas to increase collaboration, creative thinking, alignment, and successful implementation. In case you missed any Brainzooming strategy planning eBooks, here are seven to jump start your strategic planning exercises and better engage your team in shaping your organization’s direction. You can download your […]

  • Creative Thinking Exercises – 2 Ways to Create Innovation Workshop Inspiration

    We facilitated a follow-up innovation workshop for an industrial client. In previous workshops, a large group convened and re-imagined a manufacturing process to improve quality, while maintaining costs and production efficiency. A follow-up workshop moved four of the process improvement concepts into detailed project planning. The aim was creating a series of relatively quick experiments […]

  • Fun Strategic Planning Activities – 4 Times to Avoid Toys

    While we are whole-hearted proponents of fun strategic planning activities, that doesn’t mean every strategic planning workshop we design and facilitate has exactly the same type of fun. In fact, in some situations, we never get out the fun squeeze toys. And we all know that toys are a universal signal that a strategy workshop […]

  • Strategic Planning Activities – Preparing Mini-Plans for Uncertainty

    Every organization faces challenging, completely unexpected situations. It could be a surprise competitive move, an unanticipated external event, or a new type of internal crisis demanding attention. Some organizations stumble in these situations. Others deal with curves thrown their way seamlessly, functioning as if nothing out of the ordinary happened. Irrespective of why it wasn’t […]

  • Cuisine vs. Food: Why Specificity Makes or Breaks a Creative Thinking Workshop

    Chuck Dymer co-facilitated a client’s internal management meeting with us recently. Chuck is the owner of Brilliance Activator, which helps leaders uncork the creative genius of their teams to improve products and processes, delight customers, and grow profits. During the creative thinking workshop we facilitated inside an internal management meeting, participants worked through multiple exercises...

  • Customer Experience Strategy: 4 Ideas for Creating Customer Focus

    The folks over at “Inside the Executive Suite” from Armada Corporate Intelligence addressed an important aspect of customer experience strategy this week: turning your organization’s claims of customer focus into real actions. The following ideas (condensed from the original Armada article) highlight four ways to bring your aspirational customer experience strategy to life. Customer Experience Str...

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  • Career Strategy: Dear Job, I Can’t Quit You

    Are you in a job that looks, from the outside, as if it is perfectly stable, engaging, good paying, and the kind of position that people in your profession would die to get? Yet you, as the person in the job, feel trapped, under siege, and desperate to do almost anything else, but you can’t […]

  • 5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Reimagining the Organization

    Suppose your organization is not going in the right direction. You and others on your senior management team are beginning to see that strategic reality. Still, you avoid the difficult conversation where you have to start reimagining the organization as something dramatically different. How, if you are facing this situation, can you initiate a conversation […]

  • What and Who Do You Love, and How? 11 Takes on Love

    It’s Valentine’s Day. What better time for a retrospective on love in, if not all, at least a few of its varied forms. We hope you love it! Creative Love Creative Thinking – 6 Challenges Before Loving Your New Idea Too Much Maybe you shouldn’t love your idea at first sight. Give it some time to […]

  • 5 Ideas for Turning a Vision Statement into Strategy

    Your organization has a vision statement. Congratulations! Is your organization’s vision sitting around and not helping run the business? If that’s the case, your task is to start turning the vision statement into strategy to drive and align activities consistent with it. 5 Ideas for Turning a Vision Statement into Strategy Here are five ideas […]

  • Answering Reader Questions on Strategy and Innovation Challenges

    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. I went back through recent responses from among readers who are on the blog most frequently. Here are their comments on opportunities and challenges, along with links […]

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  • Strategic Thinking Questions – An Early Checkpoint for this Year

    I needed a new way to express myself last night. 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. (Thanks Diane Bleck for inspiring a different approach to expressing my thoughts!) […]

  • Strategic Planning Exercises – 10 Questions You Must Consider

    We’re getting a lot of questions currently about identifying the right strategic planning exercises. That continues to surprise me, since I’d expect everyone is focused on implementing strategies at this point. We see it with our clients, though. Planning seems to be happening throughout the year with increasing frequency (more on that later). 10 Questions […]

  • Strategy Implementation Process eBook – 10 Questions to Successfully Launch New Initiatives

    How solid is the strategy implementation process at your organization? Some companies move seamlessly from ideas to strategies to execution. Other organizations continually struggle with translating great new product or process improvement strategies into results. Which type of organization is yours? Do you have a well-defined strategy implementation process, or is implementation a haphazard activ...

  • Implementation Strategy – How to Create Strategy for Results

    We were on the phone with a client. We were discussing our approach for developing a specific business strategy. After completing their strategic plan a few months earlier, we’re now fleshing out a successful implementation strategy for an initiative they spelled out in the plan. They asked if our approach would resemble what it looked […]

  • Project Management Techniques – 21 Articles to Better Manage Projects

    The Brainzooming blog wasn’t originally focused on project management techniques. Successfully going from strategy to implementation, however, is critical to business success. Creating a strong, innovative plan is only part of the strategy equation. Implementing innovation in organizations reluctant to embrace the changes needed to survive and grow requires what we’ve come to call “strategic […]

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  • Strategy Questions – 5 Characteristics to Make Them Quick

    Many executives perceive developing strategy as a long, slow process. In fact, senior executives that contact The Brainzooming Group for help in developing strategy often do so because previous strategic planning efforts drug on for almost a year. So it was no surprise the other day when we received several inquiries about quick strategy questions. […]

  • 10 Questions to Identify Innovative Thinking in Salespeople

    Several people asked recently about questions to help identify innovative thinkers in sales. While we have done a bunch of strategic and creative thinking skills workshops for sales teams in the past several years, we have never put together a specific diagnostic on this topic. When multiple people ask a question, though, it is time […]

  • Strategic Planning Process – Creating a Workshop to Develop Strategy

    Suppose you are on the hook to put together a team meeting or workshop to develop a strategy. Maybe you have done something similar before, or maybe you have never led a strategic planning process. Is there something or some place you can go to get ideas on how to develop a strategy workshop? Since […]

  • 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. They found these items particularly relevant for the year ahead. 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 […]

  • 5 Ways to Turn Your Implementation Plan into Results

    It is time to launch the implementation plan for your organization’s most important strategic initiatives. Does your implementation team move seamlessly from planning to action? Do they quickly identify what they need for success and get started? Do their initial steps pave the way for impact and successful results? If they do all these things, […]

  • 7 Organizational Harmony Principles from Dayton Moore

    I had the opportunity to see Dayton Moore, General Manager of the Kansas City Royals, discuss his perspective on organizational harmony as he opened the Jump Start 2017 conference in Atlanta. SMC3 sponsors the annual conference. Moore said he carries the seven organizational harmony principles with him on a card as a reminder. Here are […]

  • Creative Thinking Skills – How to handle an 8-foot door and a 23-foot task?

    I met Adrian Martinez at an internal management meeting for our client, LeSaint Logistics. Adrian has incredible creative thinking skills. How was I so sure about his creative thinking skills? Well, get a load of this example! He is a manager with LeSaint, and he faced a challenge. His team needed to move a racking system […]

  • Strategic Thinking on 4 Years of Hoping and Praying

    A new national experiment begins. Strategically, it’s smart to avoid experiments at the top of any organization, but this is what we’re facing.  How will this experiment unfold? Will it be like a Bugs Bunny cartoon from long ago where Elmer Fudd took on the persona of whatever hat he wore? Does being in a particular […]

  • 7 Forgotten Project Management Skills from Our Escape Room Fail

    Have you participated in an escape room yet? You can visit Wikipedia for a more comprehensive description of an escape room. It’s essentially a “locked” room filled with clues that a group needs to discover and decode in order to unlock the door and leave. It’s a timed activity; the team is competing against the […]

  • Implementation Strategy – 15 Questions to Identify Heads Up People

    Moving from planning to implementation strategy, it’s easy to focus on the end goal and never look back – or forward beyond launch. That type of focus and momentum helps drive your implementation strategy. As you move ahead with determination, however, here’s an important tip: look ahead to all the people, processes, and resources you […]

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  • High School Reunion Ideas – 18 Fun Questions to Ask

    I came up with this list a few years ago when some friends were searching for high school reunion ideas that would help pass the time. It’s reunion time again. Here’s the list of fun questions in text and image form. Try them out, and see who fits each category at your high school reunion! […]

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  • Join Us for The Marketing Conference Next Week!

    Want to hang out with some of the Brainzooming crew in San Francisco next week and learn all kinds of valuable information on content marketing, social media, marketing strategy, and branding? Yes, it’s possible to do a deep dive into all those areas, plus network with other smart marketers from across industries, all in one […]

  • Strategic Planning Exercises – Asking Questions People Can Answer

    As we mentioned, business people are expending considerable energy preparing for strategy planning meetings. That is evidenced by our web traffic as searches for effective strategic planning exercises and effective strategy meetings jump. Invariably, executives are seeking information on strategic thinking exercises suited to making strategic planning participants more effective and successful. St...

  • 113 Ideas for Strategic Planning Process Improvement

    It is time for strategic planning across organizations. 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. While we go even deeper than this since the Brainzooming blog’s […]

  • Who Should Facilitate Strategic Planning? 10 Vital Characteristics

    At a recent keynote presentation, an attendee asked me who should facilitate strategic planning for your company – someone outside or inside the company? As I told the audience, a big part of what we do is offer strategic planning facilitation and development for clients. Yet the Brainzooming methodology started when I was facilitating strategic […]

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

    I’m scheduled for a background interview today on creating a thought leadership strategy. The interview is an outgrowth of an eBook on thought leadership. The eBook came from a workshop someone did at a conference I’ve spoken at many times. I suspect when someone asked a question at the workshop about who the audience considered […]

  • Your Personal Backstory – 7 Questions to Ask Others

    A recent Brainzooming article on changing your personal backstory recommended ensuring how you think about, describe, and conduct yourself maximizes the positive sentiments you generate among others. One input to revise your personal backstory is to ask how others see you. This suggestions prompted a question on what you should ask others (and how you […]

  • 5 Ideas for Simplified Strategic Planning this Year

    Even if you’re putting off thinking about strategic planning for next year, it’s time to give it at least one thought. Time’s marching ahead, and it will be next year before you know it. Here’s the one thought: How about identifying where you can roll out a simplified strategic planning process? What are ideas to […]

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