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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 […]

Brainzooming

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Generated 1 week ago

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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 […]

Brainzooming

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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 […]

Brainzooming

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 months ago

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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! […]

Brainzooming

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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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 […]

Brainzooming

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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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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