About Pat McNellis

Pat is the author of "The Compression Planning Advantage: A Blueprint for Resolving Complex Issues." He specializes in coaching CP alums to achieve success through his unique Design Alert Service. He is a husband (to Stephanie) and father to 6 year old twins (Logan and Lauryn) and baby Blake, the newest edition to the Compression Planning family.
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It’s Magic!

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love a magic trick? Young or old, innocent or cynic, there’s something just plain fun about the ridiculous joy of being deluded into believing that rabbits really DO come out of the hat, or the coin really DOES come out of an ear, or the girl in the […]

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It must end in Action!

Don’t call it Compression Planning® unless you plan to take Action! One of the struggles we hear from some graduates of the Compression Planning® Institute is We never seem to get past the FOCUS stage in the Master Planning Model. What can we do differently to make it through the entire model?” Here are my […]

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Laying the Foundation for a Successful Strategy Session

It was a “mountain top” session As a Compression Planner, you know every session is different. We frequently get asked “How do you evaluate a session?” Evaluating how a session goes is sometimes tricky. At some point in the future, you have to ask “Did that time we spent together make a difference?” There are […]

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Do you do this with your prospective cients?

How to use Compression Planning with your prospective clients Are you looking to differentiate yourself with your prospective clients?  Garett Trumpower has been a power user of Compression Planning for over five years.  He uses CP in his sales efforts and in the delivery of his company’s consulting services. Using CP is a key part […]

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Hold that NO…for now

“The Art and Discipline of Pure-Form Thinking” by Pat McNellis Shooting down ideas seems to have replaced Baseball as “America’s favorite pastime.” Let’s face it…we’re good at it. It’s something we’ve learned to do since we were kids. Well, as kids, we were often told “don’t do that” or “that’s a dumb idea.” Maybe not […]

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Rip-off and Duplicate…you don’t have to “create uniqueness”…you can steal it!

My wife Stephanie shared with me an idea she recently had.  I’m embarrassed to say my initial reaction wasn’t an enthusiast yes. You see, Stephanie is pregnant with our third child.  She found out the gender on Monday morning but she had the ultrasound tech jot it down on a piece of paper she then […]

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Validation

First, what validation isn’t It’s not testing an idea to see if it is valid or will sell or resolve a problem.  It’s at the other end of the process.  It’s getting a real understanding of the question you are addressing.  It’s getting “street smart” – getting the flavor and texture of what it is […]

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What To Do When Your Group Size Is More Than Ideal

You’ll recall from your Compression Planning Institute that we suggest you work with smaller groups when getting started.  Large groups have their own unique dynamics and challenges and can be tough to deal with while you are still getting grounded in the basics. Once you get comfortable with your CP design and facilitation skills, you […]

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Brainstorming Series: Laying the Foundation for Rich Ideas

There are three “foundational aspects” that need to be present to have a good ideation session in Compression Planning. You must have the right players present. This seems obvious but it often isn’t. If you have a need for an ideation session with the Marketing Department, most sessions will be made up of “marketing people.” […]

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Brainstorming Series: Getting Your Ideas To “Pop”

Most ideas aren’t ideas…they are the “kernels” of ideas that still need to be popped. So, how do you get you beyond the useless output of typical Brainstorming sessions?  In Compression Planning it’s simple.  You “Churn” the ideas. But what exactly does “Churn” mean? You know you have a “churned idea” when it has been […]

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