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We’re with a client today, delivering a strategic and creative thinking skills for sales workshop. We’re scheduled to have more than 120 of the client’s sales team members participate in an interactive, half-day Brainzooming workshop in the Chicago area.

As an outgrowth of the workshop, here is a strategic and creative thinking skills compilation comprised of articles that support the Brainzooming workshop we’re delivering. We developed this specific list of topics based on feedback from participants on a pre-workshop survey. This is an approach we always take to ensure the specific areas we cover most closely address the audience’s self-identified needs.

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In fact, the graphic above shows how the exercises and tools we’ll cover help attendees get out of their comfort zones. This was an issue high on their list of learning objectives and prompted writing a Brainzooming blog post about this matrix just before the workshop.

See, we really do both listen and act on attendees’ desired learning objectives.

If you’d like to talk about how we can customize a strategic and creative thinking skills workshop for your organization, let us know at info@brainzooming.com or 816-509-5320. We’d love to customize Brainzooming content to strengthen your team’s performance throughout the year!

Setting the Stage for Creative Thinking Skills for Sales

Embracing a Strategic Sales Perspective

Expanding Creative Thinking Skills for Sales

Mike Brown

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Today’s creative thinking post is all about music.

While I don’t write about it all that often, I love music. And I probably don’t write about it so much because I spend so much less time focused on music than I used to do, back in the day when I was a DJ at the Brass Rail (pictured here) in college.

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But for THIS day, here are several music videos (with stories) from Facebook friends I was quick to save when they showed up in my feed.

The first is seasonal. All of them are perennial. That’s why these music videos are the centerpiece of today’s creative thinking post.

Musical Glasses – Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor Diogo

Among the first songs I downloaded on iTunes when my wife bought me my first iPad MANY years ago, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor was among the first. You may not be familiar with the name, but you’ll know it from the first notes. It’s the scary music song. And even on musical glasses, it’s scary. And the fact it’s on glasses instead of an orange, makes it’s all the better. This version is via Facebook friend  Sharon Corsaro.

The Beatles: A 5 Minute Drum Chronology – Kye Smith

This video comes via Michael Gelphman, the visionary behind the big-time Compute Midwest conference. Maybe of anyone I’ve met the past few years, Michael is the best example of taking his big idea and making a HUGE success of it.  Amid everything he has going on, he shared this video the other day that’s a remarkable collection of snippets of Beatles songs featuring Ringo’s drumming style. It makes it clear that Ringo was REALLY the Best.

Lyle Lovett: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

I’m pretty sure my buddy Alex Greenwood originally shared this video of Lyle Lovett and his fiddle player doing an NPR concert. I love Lyle Lovett’s Big Band. I love this video of Lyle Lovett as part of a duo. It was only when we saw Lyle Lovett with his medium-sized band that I was underwhelmed. I can’t really begin to tell you how many times I’ve watched this video. It’s strong from start to finish in a quirky, funny, musical kind of way.

All About That [Upright] Bass – Meghan Trainor Cover – Postmodern Jukebox ft. Kate Davis

This music video goes back a bit. It was shared by my Cleveland buddy Leslie Carruthers. I met Leslie at Content Marketing World at a music event appropriately enough. She was an inspiration for perhaps the last music-oriented blog post I wrote. This version of All About the Bass Leslie shared earlier this year is, like the Lyle Lovett video, a VERY FREQUENT destination for where I’m wasting time on Facebook.

The MODERN LOVERS “Roadrunner” 1972

This one showed up on Facebook via Paul Rupp. I haven’t seen Paul since we were both a whole lot younger. But he was part of the contingent of underage patrons at the Brass Rail. Paul shared this video of Jonathan Richman’s Roadrunner on Facebook for my birthday. Ironically, I was in Boston the very day he shared it, but never made around Route 128 by the power lines. If you’ve never heard Roadrunner, ENJOY! It was an every weekend Brass Rail fave!

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People ask me frequently about why we give away so much of what The Brainzooming Group does on our website.

The conventional wisdom is you give away “what” you do as part of content marketing, but not “how” you do what you do. We, however, routinely share how we do things via our methodology, tools, and learnings from Brainzooming strategic thinking workshops.

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Why Do We Give Away So Many Strategic Thinking Exercises?

My response is the more we share the Brainzooming methodology with you, the more you can improve your own strategy work on a daily basis in situations where it would NEVER be practical to engage us for help.

This is why we run compilation articles frequently to help you find a comprehensive set of resources, exercises, and tools. These compilations are organized to be easier to use than combing through individual blog posts.

And by the way, here are the most frequently referenced compilations:

As I describe it to readers and workshop attendees, these compilation articles are akin to having recipe books for Brainzooming. And just as someone new to cooking might grab a recipe and fix a small family meal with one, they are unlikely to open a restaurant using the recipe without any prior experience.

Similarly, it’s easy enough to take one of the Brainzooming strategic thinking exercises in the blog and experiment with it among your department team in a safe environment. But taking that same exercise and trying to use it with your entire organization in a high stakes setting? That’s a completely different matter!

That’s why when we work with large groups and involve facilitators less familiar with the Brainzooming methodology, we create “Brainzooming Facilitator Guides.” These facilitator guides provide a deeper level of detail on how strategic thinking exercises work and the success factors for them working well. This level of detail is rarely shared here on the website. These facilitator guides reflect the value of our combined experience in translating questions and strategic thinking exercises into incredible in-person and online collaborations.

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One additional benefit of giving away so much of the Brainzooming methodology?

When you experience the impact in productivity and results from trying Brainzooming yourself, it creates fantastic opportunities for us to work with clients that are stronger and more attuned to a different ways of approaching collaborative strategy and innovation.

And that works better for EVERYONE when we are actually able to work together! – Mike Brown

 

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We’ve written a tremendous amount about change and change management strategy since the Brainzooming blog’s inception.

Just HOW MUCH have we written on change management strategy?

Well, to identify the articles listed here, a search for “change” on the blog yielded eighty-six PAGES of articles. I reviewed all eighty-six pages to develop our change management strategy primer.

35 Articles on Change Management Strategy in a Change Agent Role

If you’re trying to determine, implement, or refine a change management strategy, especially in an organization resistant to change, these articles will take you through diagnostics, strategy planning, and implementation approaches to carry out your change agent role.

New-Sheriff

Determining the Issues and Options for a Change Management Strategy

Confronting Individuals’ Change Challenges

Planning a Strategy in the Change Agent Role

Dealing with Change Management Strategy Barriers

Creating Change with Less Leadership and Information than You’d Like

 

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I’m in Carbondale, Illinois today delivering a talk at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute on “Envisioning the Gigabit City – Collaboration and the Creative Power of Diversity.” It is an honor to return to Southern Illinois University, since I received an MBA from SIU.

At today’s luncheon, there will be an opportunity to meet and talk about community visioning with leaders working to turn Carbondale into a Gigabit City. Two Carbondale leaders, Gary Williams, the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Carbondale and Steve Mitchell with Connect SI, participated in the Gigabit City Summit that The Brainzooming Group co-developed in January 2015. They had the opportunity to hear, via a Brainzooming workshop at the event, how we help foster community visioning for cities, organizations, and institutions.

In the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute talk, we’ll cover some of the same themes on community visioning with a specific emphasis on what it means in trying to build a creative economy.

You can follow the conversation on Twitter today at #CarbondaleGigabit, plus dive deeper into the content incorporated into the talk via links below:

“Envisioning the Gigabit City – Collaboration and the Creative Power of Diversity”

SIU-Know-No-Bounrds

Appreciating Perspectives

Cultivating Diverse Ideas

Creating Collaboration

Exploiting Structure

Crowd-Friendly Communication

“Measuring” the Return on Creative Ideas

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While creating a scope of work for a Brainzooming creative thinking skills workshop targeted at a B2B salesforce, our client contact (who is a Brainzooming reader) asked for material on what it means to be a creatively supportive leader.

Great question!

4 Keys for Being a Creatively Supportive Leader

When it comes to a leader actively supporting a team’s creative thinking skills development, there are multiple ways to go from talk to tangible support. We typically see the following behaviors from a creatively supportive leader:

  • Actively and fully participating in the original creative thinking skills workshop learning
  • Modeling behaviors and conversations that support exploring new ideas
  • Reaching across organizational lines to include thinkers with diverse and valuable perspectives
  • Using strategic and creative thinking skills in daily interactions to develop and move ideas toward implementation

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Beyond these four keys to being a creatively support leader, here are previous Brainzooming articles to provide additional ideas on the perspectives and behaviors of a leader that cultivates team creativity:

I figured we’d share this compilation on a Monday because there is AT LEAST a week’s worth of reading there to brush up on your skills in being a creatively supportive leader!   – Mike Brown

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Today, I am co-delivering the welcoming session for the two-day Boulder Journey School Summer Conference. The Boulder Journey School, founded by my friend, Dr. Ellen Hall, educates young children with fundamental values “based on an image of children as competent and capable, and as valuable citizens with inherent and irrefutable rights.”

The school’s curriculum focuses on “21st Century Skills” including:

  • Critical Thinking and Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Collaboration
  • Self-Direction
  • Invention

The list should sound very familiar to long-term Brainzooming readers since these are many of the same topics we try to address here related to creative thinking for professionals in the workplace.

In my opening talk on “Creativity, Talents, and Perspectives” at the conference, I will share a few Brainzooming creative thinking concepts plus a couple of idea capture frameworks specifically designed for the educators attending the conference to help think about their experiences and ideas to take back home to their own schools.

Creative Thinking Skills

Here are links to the Brainzooming creative thinking skills content shaping the talk.

Perspective and Talent – Common Challenges for Creative Leaders

Defining Creativity

Using All the Talents a Creative Leader and Team Has

Cultivating a Creative Perspective

Embracing a Creative Experience

I will be at the Boulder Journey School Summer Conference throughout the event, so I plan to immerse myself and be able to share some new insights on creative thinking skills here soon! – Mike Brown

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