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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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2016 was a year of surprises in political circles, with Brexit and Donald Trump winning the US presidency as just two of the events that caught many experts by surprise.

And when big surprises emerge nationally and globally, what happens next often leads to more uncertain times.

In these situations, what implementation strategy makes sense for your business?

Do you:

  • Speculate on riskier new opportunities?
  • Wait to see what develops, then act?
  • Hunker down and try to wait things out?

We’re not here to predict what will happen next with Brexit, Donald Trump, or any other global threat or opportunity. We concentrate on suggesting ideas to develop a solid implementation strategy that works for your organization during uncertain times.

That’s what The Brainzooming Group eBook, 4 Strategies for Implementing in Uncertain Times, seeks to do: provide a starting point to review and develop strategies that serve your business well, no matter the external environment.


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Implementation Strategy for Uncertain Times

We spend considerable time challenging conventional wisdom that stands in the way of innovation. This is often necessary to get an organization moving in new, innovative directions.

It is also important to take best advantage of what will like stay the same irrespective of the what is happening outside your organization.

4 Strategies for Implementing in Uncertain Times will help you examine your strategy foundation, insights, profitability drivers, and decision making processes. The outcome is ensuring your organization is nimble and ready for changes – both expected and unexpected.

We share suggestions on:

  • Using your organization’s core purpose to shape decisions when things are changing
  • Reaching out to employees with valuable insights into what to watch out for and what to expect
  • Sharpening your command of cost and profit levers in your organization
  • Implementing processes to focus and sharpen decision making

4 Strategies for Implementing in Uncertain Times is a FREE, quick read that will pay dividends for you today and in the uncertain weeks and months ahead.



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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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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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Download your copy today! – Mike Brown

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Is your strategy team tired of the same old strategic thinking exercises?

Is your leadership team expressing its frustration with the inability to generate new insights about your brand’s strongest market opportunities?

Are you searching for ways to quickly and effectively engage brand leaders to anticipate and address emerging threats you face?

If you face these situations, The Brainzooming Group has a new eBook you need. It offers fresh ideas for using one of the most common strategic thinking exercises . . . and it’s FREE!

“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. With simple, actionable adaptations, you can take your leadership team through a variety of fresh SWOT analysis approaches that:

  • Put your customers front and center with every look you take at your marketplace
  • Challenge your thinking about what parts of your strategy are obsolete, opinion-based, and open to serious objections
  • Push you to go deeper and bolder in your SWOT analysis

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Written simply and directly with a focus on enlivening one of the most familiar strategic thinking exercises, we designed “Reimagining the SWOT Analysis” as a go-to resource throughout strategic planning. 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

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

The SWOT analysis alternatives include:

  • Creating a SWOT from multiple pieces
  • Using a SWOOT analysis to create a twist
  • Employing a bolder SWOT analysis than ANYONE expects
  • Going deeper with a Four x 4 approach
  • Triggering richer insights by varying participants, focus areas, and perspectives

All that in one handy, FREE Brainzooming eBook!

Download your copy of “Reimagining the SWOT Analysis” today!Mike Brown

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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!

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Fun Strategic Planning Activities?

You may wonder if we are nuts talking about the idea of fun strategic planning.

Any skepticism you may have is certainly understandable. The more typical adjectives that come to mind when you think about strategy planning in your organization likely include:

  • Tedious
  • Cumbersome
  • Too detailed
  • Pointless
  • Disconnected (from the business)
  • Boring
  • Awkward

Do those words sound more like familiar adjectives for the strategy planning you have participated in previously?

We are confident they probably do based on how many of you are searching our website at this time of year for fun strategic planning activities to introduce to your companies. That is why we developed a new strategy planning resource just for you!

Download Our FREE eBook – 11 Fun Ideas for Strategic Planning

If you are trying to figure out how to spice up strategic planning activities at your company, you need to download our new FREE eBook, “11 Fun Ideas for Strategic Planning.”

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Within just a few pages, this new eBook offers a handy list of things you can do before and during strategy planning meetings to create a more engaging, mentally stimulating, and fun environment!

You will learn ideas for:

  • Handling the not-fun parts of strategic planning
  • Turning people who aren’t strategists into strategic thinkers
  • Encouraging breakthrough ideas
  • Increasing the pace and variety of strategy planning meetings


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As you look to your next strategy planning meetings, you owe it to yourself and all the participants to download “11 Fun Ideas for Strategic Planning.” Regardless of the ideas you choose to implement from the eBook, you will create an environment where people are interested and eager to engage and actively share ideas to move your organization ahead!

Sound too good to be true?

Well, it isn’t!

Fun Strategic Planning Ideas are within reach! Download your FREE eBook today!


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