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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

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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.

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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

 

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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.


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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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Are you in budget meetings right now, determining what funds you will have to implement next year’s strategic initiatives?

Is your budget process running late? Are you still reviewing budgets for next year?

If so, you have time to turn tedious budgeting exercises into productive strategic planning activities focused on business growth.

Budgeting Can Be the Worst, but There Is Hope!

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During budgeting in the Fortune 500 world, we spent too much time on the numbers and not nearly enough on making sure we were prioritizing the best strategic initiatives to grow the business.

I worked with some great people in the accounting and financial areas that understood forecasts and budgets do not just happen by themselves. My peers at the vice president level and above were, however, too often engaged in micro-managing budget details they could manage while not tackling tougher strategic issues within budgeting.

To counter this preference for numbers over strategy, we routinely tried to bring new thinking to the table to turn budget meetings into productive strategic planning activities.

3 Ways to Turn Budgets into Strategic Planning Activities

In our new Brainzooming eBook, “3 Ways to Turn Budget Meetings into Strategic Activities,” we reveal how to:

  • Introduce productive questions you can address to improve strategy AND financials
  • Ensure you invest meeting time on high-impact areas (instead of minutiae)
  • Adopt an effective, highly-strategic approach to business metrics that addresses the link between strategic activities and results

If you are leading budget meetings, you can use these ideas to improve their strategic impact.

Even if your role is to develop and present your business unit’s budget, you can use the concepts in this eBook to highlight strategic activities and create a stronger linkage between forecasts, budgets, and the important strategic initiatives that drive growth.

The bonus part is that “3 Ways to Turn Budget Meetings into Strategic Activities,” is FREE!

What finance or accounting person is going to nitpick that?


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Are you still working on your strategic planning for 2017?

Or, are you still waiting to launch your strategic planning for 2017?

Or is strategic planning for the next year something your organization just neglects to do?

If you answered “Yes” to the first or second questions, or even to the third one, but you know you SHOULD do planning for next year, time is running out.

5 Ways to Still Complete Your Strategic Planning for 2017

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To help you get a handle on what you have left to complete for strategic planning, here are five things you can do to cope AND get completely on top of things for 2017:

  • Keep as much of last year’s strategy in place as is practical and focus only on updating tactics.
  • Expand the number of people collaborating on the plan, creating concurrent tracks of activity.
  • Simplify the various parts of the plan so that it is easier and faster to complete.
  • Invite people that cannot come together for in-person planning to participate via online collaboration.
  • Push out the expectation for finishing strategic planning until early next year to give you more time.

Each of these five ideas will remove a significant time drain during your planning activities. The key to all of these is that you have the wherewithal to make such a dramatic change and still deliver a strategic plan that moves your business ahead next year.

We can help make each of these adjustments, all in the interests of streamlining your strategic planning process. Let us know if you need help. We can make it happen in time for you to be ready to make next year your best year yet!

Let’s talk for thirty minutes, and see how we can still work together to complete your plan and start implementing! – Mike Brown

Streamline and Complete 2017 Strategic Planning!

Download our FREE eBook: 5 Keys to Streamline Your Strategic Planning Process

5-keys-streamline-cover2In this new eBook, we share some of what we’ve learned from shaping, streamlining, and implementing hundreds of strategic workshops. Through our experience, we’ve identified and now share in this eBook:

  • Suggestions for assembling a strategy team with the right types of diversity
  • Dependable ways to help non-strategists think strategically
  • Tips for streamlining strategic planning activities to best fit your organization and save time

These user-friendly techniques regularly cut weeks (sometimes months) from typical strategic planning activities so your organization can focus on successful implementation for 2017!

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