“Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.” ~ Napoleon Hill
"If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." ~ Albert Einstein
One Idea, cultivated, nurtured, and put into action can generate Millions of dollars in revenue.
Many business focus on too few, if not just one idea or innovation. Betting the farm on one idea can be a recipe for disaster.
Thomas Edison shared, “To get a great idea, come up with lots of them.”
The problem for your business when you formulate one idea, is it may not be good enough to generate thousands in revenue, let alone millions, or it may fail.
One of the greatest benefits to the Outthinker Process is eliminating ideas which don’t measure up. Money generating ideas differentiate. They have a long enough shelf-life, it takes time for your competitors to respond, giving you a head start to be the market leader. These are the winners!
My customer generated 192 ideas. Were all of them Winners? Of course not
Here’s how Kaihan Krippendorff helped my customer use Expand to develop 192 “Strategic Narratives” or strategy ideas.
A strategic narrative is a compelling business story that explains your business' background, vision for the future and how employees can contribute to this.
The image here is from Strategic Narrative: A Framework for Accelerating Innovation by Amy Zalman, a global futurist who helps leaders and organizations explore the implications of critical global trends and prepare their organizations for transformative change.
According to https://thestorytellers.com, your strategic narrative will:
- Provide a consistent, shared story that everyone can understand and believe in
- Provide context and clarity: the glue that links the many elements of the organizational journey together in a cohesive way
- Emotionally engage your people in the why, what and how of change
- Energize and align your Executive team as visibly united leaders
- Provide a framework for efficient decision-making and future planning
- Facilitate relevant, action-oriented conversations between leaders and teams
- Inspire belief in leaders as champions and role models of the story
- Create a call to action which will stimulate a shift in mindsets and behaviors
Your strategic narrative is a combination of strategy and culture and his graphic illustrates.
Examples of the most commonly used Strategic Narratives are explained in my previous blogs. You can learn more about the 5 Most Common Outthinker Strategic here.
To learn about all the choices your business might have for Strategic Narratives visit How to Develop A Disruptive Business Model The Outthinker Process - 36 Stratagems. There are 36 different stratagems you can choose to outthink your competition. To review each of the 36, Kaihan created a video you can watch for background on: http://outthinker.com/the-36-stratagems/
Of the thirty-six Outthinker stratagems, some will be of particular relevance to your specific challenge. Start with three “core” stratagems that fairly universally relevant, then pick up to five more stratagems to apply to the leverage points you identified in the prior step.
UTILIZING YOUR LEVERAGE POINTS TO CREATE A STRATEGIC NARRATIVE
In OUTTHINKER PROCESS STEP 2 – DISSECT (3 Leverage Points) Example my customer determined four leverage points to focus on: Process, People, Promotion and Physical Experience.
Kaihan provided several of the best strategic narratives for our leadership team to focus on for these four leverage points. This helped us to focus on narratives more likely to work for these leverage points. Doing this on your own can accomplish a great number of ideas to innovate. Having an expert like Kaihan to guide us, increased the number of opportunities and shorten the time we invested in crafting ideas.
Under each leverage point and for each narrative, each team member came up with ideas for us to consider, discuss, and rank for our next meeting. Kaihan instructed us to try to come up with 100 or more. Our team did a superlative job creatively, developing 192 ideas. There were duplicates for course, some weren’t as strong as others The intention was not to judge them, simply create them. In several cases one idea, sparked another or created a synergy with another idea we grouped together in our next session Analyze. No idea is bad. Generating a lot of ideas is the best way to get at least one good idea.
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NEXT BLOG: ANALYZE – Giving Space to seemingly Impossible Ideas
My customer generated 192 strategic narratives! That’s a lot of ideas to navigate through. How did we decide on the best ideas? What process did we follow to analyze these and choose which had the most potential to implement. We share my customers next step in the Outthinker Process, Analyze, next blog.