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Strategic Planning

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.

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More Than a Meeting, You Want a Movement

Don’t have another meeting. Create a movement! 

One of the worst parts of any business has to be the meetings. 

You know the ones. Everyone is late. Or doesn’t know what’s going on. 

The technology doesn’t work:  the call won’t connect, the video won’t load, the powerpoint file is corrupted. 

The speaker drones on. The audience is disenfranchised and disengaged. Nothing actually happens. – The meeting could have been an email.

But! It doesn’t have to be that way.

We believe you need to design for experience rather than hold “just another meeting.” We believe that experiences lead to stories. And stories build movements.

You have big ideas and want to take your strategic work further. You want to become a better leader and be able to see what’s around the bend.  A regular old meeting just won’t cut it anymore.

Your people want to be heard. They want to know their voice counts and that they have a stake in the process and outcomes. With new listening and empathy skills, you can gain that emotional commitment and build an irresistible force for achieving your goals. 

You seek new ways to problem solve, build something innovative, better understand your organization or your clients, and ask questions in new and creative ways.  Today, leaders want to discover NEW WAYS TO LEAD “NEW WAYS OF WORKING” – but don’t know how to do it.  

Here’s how!!

possibility in action
  1. Make it HUMAN! Enable your people to imagine and collaborate.
  2. Make it an EXPERIENCE! Design your event so it is an experience where your people feel a deeper connection to what’s possible.
  3. Make it VISUAL! Create a space where people can see what they imagine so be propelled to act. 
  4. Tell a STORY! Share stories that stick and that people want to hear.
  5. STRATEGY always! Make the direction purposeful and mean business.

Follow the brain science! When all of the senses are stimulated, your  meeting will be more memorable and the experience will be more impactful. Because more parts of the brain are activated, people will retain more information. This creates the conditions where people and ideas collide! 

At Idea360, We design for outcomes and moments of impact. Our meetings are immersive experiences. Interactive activities and tools drive your narrative – and bring your story to life. We take you on an immersive journey that leads to new insights and compels you to take action and results in an unmatched “return on experience.” (ROE)

We create an ROE that demonstrates the value that people can relate to and understand. Our experiences enable people to develop an emotional connection to the work so they are compelled and inspired to take action toward a solution. 

Here’s how:

  • We design and facilitate purpose-driven, strategic conversations that are grounded with buy-in, built upon collaborative and productive energy, and vibrate with ideas. 
  • We create immersive experiences, interactive activities, and tools drive your narrative –and bring your story to life. 
  • We offer a kinesthetic experience of being in a room that has been designed differently. 
  • We create a space where people can explore the adoption of a new mindset and come away feeling energized about what they have discovered and explored. 
  • We help people see themselves as part of the interactive process and we help to bring the process to life. 

Taking the form of a two-hour breakout inside your event or a living lab that fully unfolds over a period of time, our immersive experiences are interactive, connected and generative, which results in more confidence about organizational strategy and allows a new culture of visionary leadership and competitiveness to emerge.