The Catalyst Think Tank

A think tank by Webster’s definition is “… an organization that consists of a group of people who think of new ideas on a particular subject or who give advice about what should be done — also called a ‘think factory.’”

Catalyst Consulting Group, LLC brought this concept to consultants, entrepreneurs, and small business owners as an opportunity to co-mentor each other from 2013 through Spring, 2016. Nancy now is available to consult with your company or organization to start a Think Tank at your location.

Here’s How a Think Tank Works: Members introduce themselves by sharing a recent success or lesson learned. Then throw their names into a hat and if yours is picked, you have up to 20 minutes to get great ideas, advice, feedback, or answers about your business or work-related question or need from other folks like you who have excellent experience and knowledge to share. Three people benefit from this undivided attention in the remaining hour. If the group is large, you can divide into two tanks. Members can post their thoughts, applications of ideas, and questions to a Think Tank Blog.

Read posts from our Think Tank blog below.

Using Unusual Features to Market Your Business

Thanks to Think Tanker and novelist, Sabra Waldfogel for contributing the material for this blog post: At the last meeting, the Think Tank talked about ghosts and White Castle sliders, or more specifically, using an unusual feature of your business as a marketing tool. One Think Tanker is now … [Read more...]

What Would You Do with a $500 Marketing Budget?

At the last Catalyst Think Tank, the founder of a local (for profit) business association asked: Given the fact that I have limited time, resources, and energy to put towards marking what should I focus on? There's a cornucopia of options-- advertisements, improvements to website SEO, social media … [Read more...]

What’s This Thing We Call Networking?

We at the Catalyst Think Tank often talk about ways to promote our businesses and consultancies, and naturally, networking comes up as a strategy. But some of us have found our efforts have left us with little more than a coffee buzz and no real leads or help.  Is our approach too pushy or too … [Read more...]

Hey, Consultants, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners…Think Tank Starting Again

… Have an idea you want to bounce around? Need to problem-solve? The Catalyst Think Tank is a supportive place to get strategic advice and answers…. Save the Date -----Next Meeting Thursday Sept 18, 4-5:15 pm at Rincon 38 -----Put it in Your Calendar Now! A think tank by Webster’s definition … [Read more...]

Hey, Consultants, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners…

... Have an idea you want to bounce around? Need to problem-solve? The Catalyst Think Tank is a supportive place to get strategic advice and answers....Next Meeting This Thursday June 5, 4-5:15 pm at Rincon 38A think tank by Webster’s definition is “… an organization that consists of a group of … [Read more...]

Vetting Potential Clients & Think Tank Reminder

Think back to a project or a consulting gig that went so well you were in heaven. Everything was "in flow" and everyone's expectations, including your own, were exceeded. Don't you wish you knew that magic recipe? This was the topic of our last Think Tank.We often think about vetting as a  way to … [Read more...]

Nancy Weiss Presenting at the Minnesota Career Development Association Conference

Nancy is presenting "So you want to become a consultant: What does it take?" this Friday at the MCDA Annual Conference held this year at University of MN Continuing Education Center. Below is a description: Becoming a consultant takes chutzpah! That is drive, guts, and persistence, along with great … [Read more...]

Frenzy-Reducing & Calm-Inducing Strategies

Why are you in a frenzy when you could be calmly productive? It takes discipline! This was the topic of the last Catalyst Think Tank. Next Think Tank this Thursday 4/3/14. Here are some ideas our think tank came up with to infuse calm into your day: Close the laptop every day at the same time … [Read more...]

Do You Have a Burning Business Question…?

...An idea you want to bounce around? Need to problem-solve? The Catalyst Think Tank is a supportive place to get strategic advice and answers.... Meets Thursday March 20, 4-5:15 pm at Rincon 38 A think tank by Webster’s definition is “… an organization that consists of a group of people who think … [Read more...]

Think Tank Meets 3/6/14 – Come with a question or idea

Do you have a burning business question?... An idea you want to bounce around? Need to problem-solve? Here's a safe place to get strategic advice and answers.... A think tank by Webster’s definition is “… an organization that consists of a group of people who think of new ideas on a particular … [Read more...]