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Growing your business idea into a business model, framework or method is a process of digging deep into your business idea essence.
When you start this process the first thing, you’ll find out is that your business idea is a vast territory full of various potential, waiting for you to build a structure on it.

When you get an excellent business idea, it’s like someone just gave you a first class ground parcel in the business city area. What would you do with that?
Build some structure on it, wouldn’t you?
The structure that serves your clients uniquely and purposefully, in the best possible way.

But also, you’ll think about all the people who’ll pass by as well, and you’ll want them to like it, become interested in it, and want to find out more about it.
Many of passengers will come in, look around, some of them will admire but walk away this time, but remembering that it’s there, and few of them will immediately enter and become your clients.

You see the analogy with the content about your business that you’ll put out there, don’t you?

It’s the beautiful façade on the business structure that shows what’s in there for your clients, and it organically grows as your business model developed.

Here are 3 amazing side-effects that come out of business idea development process:

1 – when you dig deep into your business idea, you’ll discover its purpose in your life – your “why”, and this will reveal many meaningful stories that you can share and attract like-minded people
2 – building your framework or model is like building a house, you’ll take many things in consideration, talk to people who’ll be using it, get much insight and find out their stories, their “why”, so your content can reflect how deeply you understand their challenges
3 – no matter how well-designed your facade is, it’s not a self-standing thing, there must be a structure behind it.
Therefore every piece of work you put in business model or framework development will also result with authentic and valuable content that will attract the right people to your business.

If you imagine your business in this way, you can clearly see the purpose of content in your business scheme.
People need to know that you’re out there, and many of them are missing your service and expertise.
Thinking of a content you put out there as a way of communicating that you exist, so they could easier find you, read about what you do, think and feel that you’re the right person to go to, and, based on that, take action.

Creative Business Drive is my framework that aims to help you work on structuring your own business model and framework, as well as plan your content creations accordingly. If you’re interested to find out that might work for your business, book a free strategy session with me and find out!

What are the coaching cards?

It’s a set of hard paper cards with photos and/or text, with the purpose to help someone explore or express more profound thoughts and emotions associated with any given theme.

5 benefits of using Coaching cards in the decision-making process

1 – They can help you add value to the question.
Sometimes the challenge is not in finding the right answer, but in asking the right question. Adding value to the definition of the challenge might help you find a more profound response to it.
2 – The cards can increase the quality of your brainstorming and ideation process.
Because using cards overrides your rational brain they can help you get authentic association that might lead to unique solutions
3 – They help you reach your deeper thoughts and knowledge while keeping your mind in safe mode.
Your more profound thought, emotion and intuitive understanding are already there, influencing your decision. Using cards is a very soft way to get in touch with them
4 – Cards offer inspiration in the moments of feeling blocked.
Regardless of if you consider yourself and your field of work creative or not creative, decision making is often a creative process.
The primary challenge of all creative processes is the moment before a breakthrough, the point where you feel blocked as you’ll never get to the other side. This feeling might be so unpleasant that many people make a U-turn at that point and take the step back, depriving themselves of more significant success.
Using the cards can help you choose the right word and shape to undefinable, and bridge over the feeling of blocked thought process.
5 – The cards can increase the quality of a team or group communication.
If you are familiar with misunderstanding based on diversity of expression about the same thoughts, you know how long it might take to find the universal language.
Cards can help you get to that point faster, with the feeling of joy and curiosity.

So where can you find a set of Coaching cards?

It might not be so easy to find the appropriate set of cards. When googling, you might discover several cute therapeutical cards that are not so appropriate for business challenges.
Spiritual cards are also there, but also not so helpful in solving practical business challenges.
Some cards ask for extra skills that you don’t have time or interest to acquire.

Being an architect, art therapy practitioner, design thinker and business coach I tend to use creative tools in my work, I found out that a simple and inspiring set of coaching cards is acceptable to most of the people and suitable to most of the fields of business.
I faced the challenge of finding the “right” set of cards that I could recommend to my clients, but didn’t find the suitable one – some were not appropriate, some were too expensive, and all of them asked for extra engagement (time, effort) that my client just couldn’t afford, because they were busy working on their business.

So I decided to make a set of cards myself – and anyone who books a free Strategy call gets them as PDF file that can be printed out at any home printer and easily cut to cards.
These free cards are medium sized – a bit larger than a business card.
In this way, all of my clients get nice, simple and usable Coaching cards set before the session, and we might use it when working together.
If interested, you can book your free Strategy call here>>>

My paying clients get the PDF file XL-sized cards (each card is A5 size).

I recommend printing any card set on hard white paper (200-300gram) with a matte surface.

Being an extraordinary business person often means that you have a unique perception that helps you make an exceptional decision. Doing things “old way” usually leads you to stereotyped results, and if you want to be a pioneer you need unconventional decision-making tools, right?

That’s the place for creativity to step into your business. The beauty of it is that it looks like play (like Lego’s serious play for instance), it’s amusing and incredibly insightful.

I remember working with a not so highly motivated group of people. Their colleague thought that creative tools might be useful for them, providing them with playful teambuilding spirit and business insights at the same time – yes, this person had previous experience with creative tools – but the group wasn’t happy at all. But they wanted a little escape time from their office desk, so they came to the workshop.

The very moment I took out my creative decision-making tool they became a bit more curious and the workshop developed into an amusing and fantastic experience for all of us, and they returned to their offices feeling relaxed, taking away new things and experiences that made them think differently about decision-making aids from now on.
You might ask now what is that I brought to their table – and I do feel like Santa sometimes😁
That what makes me different from most of design thinking coaches is my engineering education combined with strong expressive art therapy experience. I own a vast collection of figurines, legos, coaching cards, art material, and post-its as well, that combined with design thinking approach took this group experience from boring to engaged and useful in business.
If you want to find out more, read more about working with me here>>>>