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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 activity?

You’re going to see more from us on strategy implementation in the coming weeks. For organizations implementing new initiatives this year, it’s a critical time to launch them successfully and make early course corrections on those that do not launch well.

So far, we have released new strategy implementation eBooks on moving forward during uncertain times and five ways to implement better and faster.

10 Questions for Successfully Launching New Programs

Today, we’re introducing another new Brainzooming implementation strategy process eBook: 10 Questions for Successfully Launching New Programs (we are calling it 10? for short).

10? Improve Process Implementation Strategy with these 10 Questions

We know from experience that exploring the strong project planning questions even before an initiative launches sets the stage for your implementation teams to consistently start down the best, most successful paths.

strategy implementation process toolsUsing the ten project planning questions in the FREE 10? eBook, you can determine how to best evaluate, finalize, and move forward on initiative goals, participants, implementation strategies, tactics, and timing.

Whether you are a senior executive, an initiative leader, a team member, or a project manager, you can ask these questions to facilitate action-oriented, strategic conversations. You will lay the groundwork to launch new initiatives with a greater shared understanding among your team. You will also develop a sharper sense of what is important strategically, plus the leeway you have to adjust implementation parameters moving forward.

Download your copy of 10 Questions for Successfully Launching New Programs today for you and your entire team.

Make 10? a routine element of your strategy implementation process!   – Mike Brown

 

 

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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 like when developing their strategic plan. That included:

  • A company-wide online survey (to get a sense of what employees thought about priorities and challenges)
  • A couple of online collaboration Zoomference workshops (to engage the leadership team without them having to travel)
  • A day-long, in-person leadership team visioneering workshop (to develop the main inputs into the strategic plan)
  • Follow-up review and acceleration meetings (to finalize the strategic plan and implementation tools)

Given their comments about this new initiative and how it’s been point of contention for some time, we suggested talking further before suggesting our approach.

Designing Strategic Planning with Your Implementation Strategy in Mind

implementation strategy start with the end in mind

We asked the two executives if they knew the best strategic answer already, or whether collaborative strategy input should shape the answer. They indicated they definitely wanted to build on the capability in their organization, but were open to input on how best to develop and deploy it.

Then, since they’d already identified who they wanted in the workshop, we asked them to step back to consider the individuals within the company that:

  • Have information and insights needed to shape the initiative strategy
  • Have perspectives needed to develop it
  • Will be important for their support
  • Need to be included because they’ll challenge it

We will take that information, coupled with timing expectations, their in-person versus virtual availability, and insights we gained from the earlier online survey, to develop the right steps with the best possibility of leading to a successful implementation strategy.

This is still an early work-in-process. The point is to prompt you to think about changing how you develop strategy. Create your strategic planning approach based on what it will take for a successful implementation strategy. From our experience, THAT is a huge factor in developing a strategic plan that an organization implements instead of letting it gather dust on a shelf.

If that’s not how you develop strategy in your company, contact us, and let’s talk about how we can help you develop a strategy that fits your organization’s culture, opportunities, and capabilities!  – Mike Brown

5 Ways to Start Implementing Faster and Better!

In the new Brainzooming strategy eBook 321 GO!, we share common situations standing in the way of successfully implementing your most important strategies. You will learn effective, proven ways to move your implementation plan forward with greater speed and success. You’ll learn ways to help your team:

  • Move forward even amid uncertainty
  • Take on leadership and responsibility for decisions
  • Efficiently move from information gathering to action
  • Focusing on important activities leading to results

Today is the day to download your copy of 321 GO!

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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.

The questioners did not specify whether the strategy questions themselves are supposed to be quick. They may have meant that, or perhaps that the answers were quick. Questions themselves may be quick because they are easy to retrieve and use in a strategy meeting.

To our way of thinking, it is less about quick strategy questions. Our focus is whether a question allows you to develop strategy more quickly, thoroughly, and successfully (as defined by creating positive results).

Strategy Questions – 5 Characteristics to Make Them Quick

Thinking about quick strategy questions that way, we look for the following characteristics when developing and selecting strategy questions. They need to:

When strategic planning questions fulfill those five characteristics, they set the stage for developing strategy quickly, thoroughly, and successfully.

The thing is, those characteristics won’t universally apply for all participants in all strategic planning situations. That’s where our background and experience in collaborative strategic planning play a major role in matching the right questions to the right situations.

Put all the pieces together, and you CAN get through strategy in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take! – 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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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 this was a recent search topic here, we are sharing our recommendations for ideas on coordinating a strategic planning process workshop.

This list of articles from our blog contains ideas for:

  • Selecting a location
  • Providing solid facilitation
  • Using structure, exercises, and strategic thinking questions effectively
  • Engaging participants
  • Following up the ideas and results

Strategic Planning Process – Ideas for a Workshop to Develop Strategy

Locations

Facilitators

Structure, Exercises, and Strategic Thinking Questions

Engaging a Team to Develop Strategy

Following Up a Strategic Planning Process

This overview will get you started thinking about new ways to most effectively lead a workshop to develop strategy for your department or organization. If you want to go even deeper here into strategic planning, you can.

Finally, if you would like outside help to maximize the speed and engagement of your planning, contact us. Let’s talk about customizing a strategy planning approach for your needs. – Mike Brown

fun-ideas-strategic-planningLooking for Ideas to Make Your
Strategy Planning More Fun?

Yes, developing strategy can be fun . . . if you know the right ways to liven it up while still developing solid strategies! If you’re intrigued by the possibilities, download our FREE eBook, “11 Fun Ideas for Strategic Planning.”


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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

fun-ideas-strategic-planningNeed Ideas to Make Strategy Planning Fun?

Yes, strategy planning can be fun . . . if you know the right ways to liven it up while still developing solid strategies! If you’re intrigued by the possibilities, download our FREE eBook, “11 Fun Ideas for Strategic Planning.”


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The Brainzooming eBook, “11 Fun Ideas for Strategic Planning,” has generated lots of downloads since we published it during the early days of strategy season. The eBook shares ideas we developed in the past ten-plus years to create fun strategic planning exercises.

We warn readers early in the eBook that everybody’s definition of “fun strategic planning exercises” may differ.

When you are talking “fun” and “strategic planning,” you are not likely dealing with the kind of fun that will make you enjoy (and then later completely forget) during a night of weekend partying.

Undoubtedly, everything is relative when it comes to fun strategic planning exercises.

7 Types of Fun with Strategic Planning Exercises

So, if you download the eBook to learn fun strategic planning exercises to enliven your strategy meeting, be on the lookout for THESE types of fun:

  1. People reveal more than they expected to during the introductions
  2. People are enjoying strategic planning because they are actively participating
  3. A boss that’s a stick in the mud when it comes to innovation has to dive in or risk getting gently mocked by his team members
  4. Someone comes up with an idea they never would have imagined on their own
  5. An incredible, breakthrough idea is greeted with uproarious laughter – a sure sign there is something to the idea
  6. A participant, while struggling to describe an idea, inspires someone else, who comes up with the winning idea
  7. People don’t want to stop working on ideas and strategies because hours into the meeting, they are still enjoying themselves

While these might not seem like typical “fun,” when you see any of them come to life in what might have otherwise been a boring strategy meeting, you will definitely feel the fun! – Mike Brown

 

fun-ideas-strategic-planningNeed Ideas to Make Strategy Planning Fun?

Yes, strategy planning can be fun . . . if you know the right ways to liven it up while still developing solid strategies! If you’re intrigued by the possibilities, download our FREE eBook, “11 Fun Ideas for Strategic Planning.”


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Wherever you are in the strategic planning cycle, you may discover the need for a new or updated direction for your organization.

How can you effectively employ visioning exercises in strategic planning that invite your entire organization to contribute their perspectives?

That is where visioning exercises that employ a collaborative approach come into play. With the right techniques, you can invite and excite your team members to become active parts of your organization’s vision, mission, and core purpose statements.

In the new Brainzooming eBook, “Big Strategy Statements – A Collaborative Way to Shape Your Organization’s Strategic Direction,” we will show you visioning exercises for strategic planning that you can use to:

  • Evaluate your current strategy statements (such as vision, mission, and core purpose statements)
  • Correct ones that are repairable to make them more specific and vibrant for your organization
  • Collaboratively develop new strategies that effectively guide your team today and into the future

“Big Strategy Statements” brings together strategic thinking exercises we’ve shared separately on our website, plus a never-before shared strategy evaluation assessment, to provide a one-stop of visioning exercises to effectively and efficiently tap your team’s innovative ideas. Using our proven methodology, you will be able to develop a vision, mission, or core purpose statement for your organization in a smart, strategic way.


Download Your FREE eBook! Big Strategy Statements - 3 Steps to Collaborative Strategy


Employing the approaches we share in “Big Strategy Statements” will lead to:

  • Broadly and collaboratively soliciting input from across all your audiences
  • Thoroughly exploring where you organization is and where it wants to go
  • Using simple, understandable, and straightforward language that sounds as if it comes from your organization

The benefit of using the ideas in “Big Strategy Statements” is that when you get your vision or mission statement right, your organization can use it on a daily basis to shape decisions, priorities, and approaches to what you do and how you do things.

Download “Big Strategy Statements” and get started evaluating, modifying, or reworking the big strategy statements guiding your organization.

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