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Is accelerating your innovation strategy high on your organization’s priority list for this year?

If growth is an important component of what you are trying to accomplish, innovation is likely getting a hard look as an important part of realizing that objective.

The Brainzooming Group has you covered, with eBooks to:

  • Evaluate innovation opportunities and challenges
  • Conquer change fears and resource limitations
  • Identify and develop innovation strategies with a customer perspective
  • Keep your personal innovation perspective sharp

If any of that sounds like what you have in front of you for this year, we invite you to peruse our list of free innovation strategy eBooks and download all of them that will help you be more efficient and effective in the year ahead.

5 Innovation Strategy eBooks from Brainzooming

The Ten Big NOs to InNOvating

The Brainzooming eBook The Ten Big NOs to InNOvating reveals ten common innovation strategy barriers your organization may be facing along with actionable ideas for overcoming them.

7 Strategies to Conquer Your Organization’s Innovation Fears

Assess whether your organization is displaying any of the seven typical innovation fears. For each fear, we highlight strategy options to mitigate the fears and push forward with innovative strategies.

16 Keys for Finding Resources to Accelerate Your Innovation Strategy

Use the strategic thinking exercises in Accelerate to help identify new possibilities for people, funding, and resources to jumpstart your innovation strategy.

Outside-In Innovation Strategic Thinking Tools

This eBook features sixteen strategic thinking exercises for innovation The Brainzooming Group uses with clients to ideate, prioritize, and develop their best growth ideas.

Taking the NO Out of InNovation

This Brainzooming eBook helps take the “NO” out of InNOvation, addressing eight personal innovation perspectives along with sharing ideas for how to make sure you are as creative and innovative as possible.

Need More for Your Innovation Strategy?

If you want to go even deeper on innovation, contact us, and let’s talk about your specific needs and how we can help you address them to achieve your growth objectives for the year ahead. – Mike Brown

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“Not all ideas are new. When you generate innovative ideas, make room for old ideas that have been around, but have never gotten a decent chance to advance.”

Occasionally, someone participating in a strategy workshop filled with innovative ideas will complain that a lot, or maybe all (REALLY? ALL?) the ideas already existed in the organization.

That used to bug the hell out of me whenever it would happen because we were there to generate new ideas. Lots of new ideas. GREAT NEW IDEAS.

Over time, I realized that we were really working with a client to develop winning business strategies.

Sometimes that includes coming up with new, innovative ideas. Other times it means giving old ideas a new day and putting solid tactics and strategic project management planning behind them to move them from ideas to implementation.

Now, when designing a strategy workshop, we often start with time for participants to share ideas they are already bringing with them at the start. This lets them get the ideas out there for others to consider so they can focus on other creative thinking. It also provides a check when someone says there were no innovative ideas. If that happens, we can compare the final ideas and strategies to see if they REALLY DID show up in the starting list of ideas. Typically, they aren’t present among the starting ideas!

Whether an innovative idea is old or new is less relevant than moving innovative ideas into winning business strategies.

If that’s what’s ahead for you this year, let’s talk about working together to make it happen! Mike Brown

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I’ll admit my surprise that fun strategic planning activities are generating so much interest among Brainzooming readers right now. You would think everyone would be finished with strategic planning – or they decided not to pursue it for this year.

4 Fun Strategic Planning Activities to Always Have Ready

Suppose you have responsibility for strategic planning – no matter what time of year it is. What, beyond carting in a bunch of toys and pre-planned activities, can you always have ready to introduce to create fun strategic planning activities?

Here are four ideas we use:

1. Have jokes suitable and germane for work environments ready-to-go

I’m not a big joke teller. It’s advisable, though, to have a few clean jokes you can go to when things are tense, boring, or mind numbing – or all of the above. Pick jokes that fit your personality, whether you are better as a storyteller, punster, or one-liner person. I love puns you can relate to typical words that surface during strategic planning activities.

2. Create ad libs for typical situations during strategic planning activities

There’s a line in a Rod Stewart song about ad lib lines being well-rehearsed. Even if you aren’t a strong ad libber, you can develop impromptu lines fitting typical situations and issues in planning workshops. Some ideas? A projector not working, nobody wanting to answer questions, somebody keeps going back for more food, etc. All of these (and more) are ripe for laughs.

3. Introduce physical humor to add surprise

Physical humor generates laughs. For me, when an audience won’t participate, I’ve been known to crumple to the floor and stay there for a few moments until people get into it. When things are going well, I may get up on a chair and do some shtick from there. Anything physical to generate a little attention and interest is fair game!

4. Learn to doodle

Being able to suddenly doodle something funny is a quick go-to for humor. Think you can’t draw? If you can write the alphabet, you can draw things. Or better yet, go check out Diane Bleck, the Doodle Girl, for tips on doodling more effectively.

Need More Ideas for Fun Strategic Planning Activities?

If you have time for pre-planning and want more ideas at the ready, download our eBook on 11 Fun Strategic Planning Activities. Follow those ideas and you’ll never bore anyone during strategic planning again. – Mike Brown

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Please Vote Today for Brainzooming as a Top 2016 Innovation Blog!

I don’t make a huge number of “asks” from you. The annual Top Innovation blogging competition is one area where I do ask for help!

Brainzooming was nominated again this year (Thanks Alex Greenwood!) as a Top 40 Innovation Blog on Innovation Excellence. Your votes count, so please vote today! The cut-off for voting is January 7, 2017.

Tweet: @ixchat I vote for Mike Brown @Brainzooming for Top #Innovation Blogger

Voting via Twitter –

  • Click the “Tweet This” bird to the right (if you’re logged into Twitter) or paste and share this tweet: @ixchat I vote for Mike Brown @Brainzooming for Top #Innovation Blogger

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Vote Today! January 7, 2017 Voting Deadline – Thanks for your support!

To see the entire list of nominated innovation blogs / bloggers, you can visit the Innovation Excellence website.

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One of the most popular Brainzooming blog posts the past few years is rich in strategic thinking tools. It features more than 200 strategic thinking questions we’ve gathered, envisioned, and created going back to The Brainzooming Group origins as a corporate strategic planning department.

The Brainzooming Group has created and published many more questions since then as part of our portfolio of strategic planning tools. We decided recently to update the post. While doing so, we realized we’d added nearly four hundred more questions since the article’s original publication date.

Strategic Planning Tools – 600 Most Powerful Strategic Thinking Questions

Rather than hit you with an updated mega-post of 600 questions, we decided to compile the links, organize them, and share the update with you in an easier-to-use eBook: The 600 Most Powerful Strategic Planning Questions (The Brainzooming Group Uses. So far.)

This eBook’s questions cover the areas we address here and in our client work, including:

  • Organizational strategy
  • Innovation
  • Branding, naming, and marketing
  • Customer experience
  • Creativity
  • Implementation

While you may associate strategic planning tools with year-end activities, you will use and find these question links valuable throughout the year. They will help you:

  • Stretch and re-orient conventional thinking
  • Stimulate creativity (even among people not seeing themselves as creative)
  • Improve meeting efficiency and effectiveness
  • Align diverse activities to common strategic themes

And since we use what we publish, we’ve already found having the eBook on a phone helpful. You can quickly link to questions when you are in a meeting that isn’t delivering the results you expect. Pop open the eBook and grab a question or two to orient everyone toward more productive discussions.

Yes, we’re serious: these are the links to our 600 most powerful strategic thinking questions, all in one of the best strategic thinking tools you’ll download for FREE all year long! – Mike Brown

Download our FREE eBook:
The 600 Most Powerful Strategic Planning Questions

Engage employees and customers with powerful questions to uncover great breakthrough ideas and innovative strategies that deliver results! This Brainzooming strategy eBook features links to 600 proven questions for:

  • Developing Strategy

  • Branding and Marketing

  • Innovation

  • Extreme Creativity

  • Successful Implementation


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If you’ve read the Brainzooming blog for any length of time, you’ve seen Chuck Dymer’s name multiple times. Chuck has been an incredible influence on my career, especially as it comes to creative thinking skills. As someone said to me at one point, “You’ve changed your job into Chuck’s job.”

That was definitely true.

Chuck was the first person I heard deliver an in-depth presentation on creative thinking skills. He captivated me with his message. We worked with Chuck multiple times, and started to adopt many of his ideas and approaches into our strategic planning methodology.

Suffice it to say, there wouldn’t be a Brainzooming if I hadn’t met Chuck Dymer.

Creative Thinking Skills and Place with Chuck Dymer

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Chuck is closing his ideation space, The IdeaLoft.

I visited him for lunch yesterday, and we recorded the Facebook live video here. I asked Chuck to talk about the IdeaLoft and how place and creativity relate to one another. The relationship between them was integral to the design and layout of the Idealoft.

Enjoy the video and Chuck’s insights and expertise on how place influences creative thinking skills!

Mike Brown

 

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For as much as we share about the Brainzooming approach to strategy, creativity, and innovation, I still frequently get the question, “What is it The Brainzooming group does?”

I am always surprised when that question comes from someone I interact with frequently or that sees Brainzooming social media content about our work. Probably both intentionally and unintentionally, we are vague in describing a specific set of services and products The Brainzooming Group delivers.

As I explained to a CEO the other day, our lack of specificity results from the fact we ADAPT what we do to a client’s situation and needs. Rather than having one method that clients need to conform to when working with us, we modify our approach to what will be most beneficial for the client. That key difference relative to most (maybe nearly all?) companies that do what we do is one of the most important ways The Brainzooming Group provides tremendous value for the right organizations and C-level executives.

“I’m an executive that needs a new strategy. Can you help?”

If you aren’t sure what we do and whether we should be working together, here are several pain points we’ve addressed for clients in the last year:

My organization needs a new or updated strategic plan, and we don’t want it to be as painful as last time.

We can bring you a quicker, more effective strategic planning process than you’ve likely ever experienced.

I’m a C-level executive and need to move a big initiative ahead, but my key staff members don’t have the wherewithal to make it happen (plus I don’t have the time to mentor them through it).

We can both teach and mentor them while delivering a strategy and implementation plan to bring the initiative to fruition.

I am taking over an organization and want to engage our employees more directly in culture change and moving forward.

We can bring you a multi-dimensional approach to involve all of your employees in sharing their perspectives and aspirations in a way that you can do something with the ideas AND meaningfully engage your people.

My organization is making a push to embrace innovation; we need training, strategies, and a way to make sure innovation is creating the expected impact.

We can design and implement an overall and initiative-specific process to foster and cultivate innovation across your organization.

My sales force is stuck in old ways of selling, and I have to change how we do things.

We can deliver strategic and creative thinking-based training that gives salespeople a structure to approach business development and solutions selling dramatically differently.

Do you see your organization in any of these situations?

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If so, we should talk sooner than later. No expectations, no obligation, no endless phone calls asking for follow up.

Talking for thirty minutes, we’ll both have a good idea if we should work together. When both our brains are zooming, that’s a great sign we’ve clicked.

If not, no problem. We’ll probably both be better off taking a different approach.

Do you have thirty minutes to talk?

So is it worth thirty minutes of your time to see how we can help move your strategies and success ahead?

If so, contact us, and let’s make it happen! – Mike Brown

 

Need Fresh Insights to Drive Your Strategy?

Download our FREE eBook: Reimagining the SWOT Analysis

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“Strategic Thinking Exercises: Reimagining the SWOT Analysis” features eleven ideas for adapting, stretching, and reinvigorating how you see your brand’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

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

  • Engage your team
  • Stimulate fresh thinking
  • Make sure your strategy is addressing typically overlooked opportunities and threats

Written simply and directly with a focus on enlivening one of the most familiar strategic thinking exercises, “Reimagining the SWOT Analysis” will be a go-to resource for stronger strategic insights!

Download Your FREE eBook! 11 Ways to Reimagine Your SWOT Analysis

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