Strategic Planning is more fun than you think
What you hate about Strategic Planning Meetings
People with big ideas are often challenged to find new ways to be strategic, innovative and creative in their business approach.
Yet, many “strategy meetings” leave them feeling frustrated and with more unanswered questions than they started with. They are bogged down with binders, worksheets and other endless materials that won’t get used.
And, at the end of the day, there’s no concrete map to get the business to where they want it to be. They feel stuck in their ability to take the strategic work further because they can’t tell what’s going to come next.
Hold a future-focused Strategic Planning Meeting
The business environment is constantly changing. Rapid technology advancements play an important role in the business environment, and customers’ needs and demands are changing too.
We get it.
It’s hard to keep up in this ever-evolving world. You need new ways of leading and working to do the work of today. And foresight and vision to prepare for the business of tomorrow.
Right now, you are trained to think incrementally to 10% beyond where we are today; but that will only get you so far. The future will be here faster than that. You need to think beyond 10% to reach the consumers of tomorrow. You need to see the future.
By anticipating changes in your industry or marketplace, you may totally transform the way you work, lead and move ahead. To create a competitive advantage, you need to seize opportunities and address the challenges of the future.
But unfortunately, many companies can’t keep up: they can’t move that fast or they are not set up to be nimble and adaptive.
Don’t be one of them.
People with big ideas want their company to do more than just keep up: they want to be able to see what’s around the next bend and prepare for it. Seek out ways to be creative, innovative and more strategic so you can stay ahead.
A New Age is Rising
Say ‘goodbye’ to the Information Age and ‘hello’ to the Imagination Age.
Business decisions can no longer be based on data, analysis and incremental thinking. The emerging future of business requires creativity, vision, unconventional approaches and exponential thinking, and creates value from your ability to explore all the possibilities.
“Creativity and imagination become the primary creator of economic value.”
- Dr. Rita King, NASA Scientist
By helping people with big ideas see what their organization could become, and drawing a picture of what that will be, you can prepare, strategize and create a future to everyone’s advantage.
This requires a shift away from short-term “incremental thinking” to a more productive long view, where you are able to figure out who you need to be and feel confident that you will arrive there. You need to find ways to be creative, innovative and more strategic so you can get, and stay, ahead.
In order to do this, you need to reimagine your business model and find competitive advantage.
How do you do this?
New Skills Are Required
Creativity and future thinking are required to create a competitive advantage in the future.
To think bigger and more strategically, you need more than “big pictures and big words” to articulate your big ideas.
You need a partner who can confirm, clarify and tightly define your strategy, ensuring it is integrated effectively throughout your strategic planning event. You need to use media – in all forms – to create a unique strategy story that engages the head, heart, and senses of your people, to build emotional ties to your key messages.
The output should be a strategic, visual roadmap people can use to create and choose their next move.
Pioneering The Future of Visual Thinking
Only Idea360 uses future-focused, strategic visualization – going beyond “big pictures and big words” – to help people have broader, more strategic conversations about “what’s after what’s next” in their business or work world.
We help people discover their own hidden leadership talents and visionary capabilities; map out their collective thinking to articulate changes that are emerging in their industry; create new possibilities and solutions; and see the future of their work.
We partner with global companies seeking new ways to problem-solve, build something innovative, better understand their organization or their clients, and ask questions in new and creative ways.
What’s The Big Idea?
We partner and collaborate to create strategic alignment.
Our process is focused on the bigger conversations about business strategy and solving big problems. We work to understand a client’s specific experiences that led them to the challenge they’re trying to address, and what happens during and after their event or moment of change.
Our services are designed for those who are seeking new ways to problem-solve, build something innovative, better understand their organization or their clients and ask questions in new and creative ways.
We design for impact!
We help people strategically frame conversations by structuring collaboration, identifying patterns and discovering the common threads that bring us together.
We provide tangible tools and a process you can use and share with others once back in the office. You walk away with a strategy that you can immediately put to use, share with others, and continue the conversation without having to start the process over every time.
At Idea360, we apply tried-and-true methodologies, philosophies, and the tools we have developed and fine-tuned over 20 years.