Google fun strategic planning, and Brainzooming shows up with both our core article on the topic and a mega-compilation with a ton of ideas on how you can approach strategy in a better and very different way.
The association between Brainzooming and fun strategic planning didn't happen by accident.
I’m focused on making strategy planning enjoyable and engaging because of all my early career examples where the experience was anything but that. As an analyst, manager, and then VP at a Fortune 500 company (which I left 10 years ago today), I endured far too many tortured strategic planning processes and meetings. Experiencing the pain of horrendous strategic planning approaches launched a career-long quest to make it fun to develop strategic plans.
10 Moments Begging for Fun Strategic Planning
Looking back, what pivotal moments spurred the pull toward fun strategic planning? Here are ten. How many of them have you experienced?
- Filling strategic planning meetings with people who have the right titles but were so far removed from the front lines that they had no meaningful ideas to grow the business.
- Lazy facilitators asking executives to share their titles and number of years at the company without realizing this icebreaker shuts down participation from less-tenured employees with fresh thinking.
- Having a rocket scientist (yes, an actual rocket scientist) make up the rules for a strategic planning approach that might have built a great rocket, but not a great strategy plan.
- Witnessing countless numbers of consultants hand our marketing team complex strategy templates that people had no clue about how to complete with smart, strategic answers.
- Walking into needlessly bland hotel rooms with senior executives who didn't want any help to develop their strategic plans and were not bashful about saying so.
- The high-priced, junior consultant who reveled in dreaming up fourteen (Yes, 14. Four-Teeeeeeen) individual steps to move from one small phase of the plan to the next small phase of the plan.
- Growing tired of cookie cutter marketing managers wasting time in meetings reciting their cookie cutter SWOT analyses when they really needed to tackle new, significant threats, not recycling bland strategies that would never improve the business in meaningful ways.
- Sitting through day-long strategy meetings with only water and coffee for food & beverage choices (when I needed a Diet Dr. Pepper and a snack, like crazy).
- Seeing knowledgeable businesspeople feel as if they had no room to contribute to strategic planning because they were never asked about real, day-to-day opportunities and challenges.
- Going through months of planning meetings where it seemed that there was no known way to arrive at a winning strategy short of weeks consumed by daily team meetings filled with meandering conversations.
There Is a Simple, Fun Way to Develop Winning Strategies!
We wrapped all these bad strategic planning experiences into this graphic, contrasting the horrible outcomes from excruciating strategy processes with the amazing benefits of embracing fun strategic planning.
If the column on the left feels familiar to you, especially with your current planning process, Brainzooming has the answer.
Our eCourse on simple, fun strategic planning will help you improve your approach right away and for years to come. You owe it to yourself and your team: take the step to improve your strategy and your results in remarkable (and fun) ways. Whether you make the positive change for your current planning (and yes, there's still time) or to improve your skills and process for the future, everyone will thank you profusely! – Mike Brown