Go Paper, Go Vertical, Go Visual, Go Big

Posted by Scott Underwood on 5/12/16 5:52 PM

Remember maps? You know, paper maps, those big unwieldy foldy things you kept in the glove compartment of your car?

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Topics: General, Reflection & Integration, Leadership & Organization

Treat: Design Thinking Workshop at Stanford for Ashoka's Catapult

Posted by Scott Underwood on 10/31/14 6:00 AM

We’re looking forward to leading a design thinking workshop this Friday for Ashoka’s Catapult, a business incubator that aims to source the world’s best young entrepreneurs.

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Topics: Leadership & Organization, Innovation Capacity, Mentoring

Creative Collaboration Thrives at TechWomen 2014 (#TW2014)

Posted by Leon Segal on 10/21/14 7:30 AM

Creative collaboration was everywhere we looked at #TW2014, where Scott, Anna and I led a design thinking workshop. Here are my takeaways from co-presenting at this remarkable gathering.

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Topics: Leadership & Organization, Innovation Capacity, Mentoring

Handout on Design Thinking Questions

Posted by Leon Segal on 10/16/14 1:45 PM

Sharing the fundamentals of design thinking means giving people a methodical way to approach creative collaboration. It's a true pleasure to see workshop participants "get" the approach and embrace it in their work processes. To that end, here is a handout on design thinking questions that we give to workshop participants.

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Topics: Defining & Framing, Test & Prototype, Reflection & Integration, Ideation & Brainstorming, Leadership & Organization, Storytelling, Empathy & Inspiration, Examples, Innovation Capacity, Mentoring

An Innovation Agent's 9 Essential Skills

Posted by Scott Underwood on 9/25/14 9:00 AM

The capacity to innovate comprises a set of skills that are learned, and earned, through rigorous practice and expert mentoring. Skilled individuals — we call them Innovation Agents — use their new knowledge to instigate a revolution. Below is an excerpt from our booklet Building Agents of Innovation, that discusses their essential skills.

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Topics: Leadership & Organization, Innovation Capacity

Innovation Mentoring Offer to Debut at North Bay Innovation Summit

Posted by Leon Segal on 9/18/14 4:27 PM

At the North Bay Innovation Summit this week, one prize for competition winners is use of our Innovation Mentoring service. Other companies can use it to drive business innovation, too.

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Topics: Leadership & Organization, Innovation Capacity, Mentoring

Bringing the Design Thinking Process to Quest University

Posted by Leon Segal on 3/20/14 12:00 PM

I've volunteered to lead a 2-day design thinking workshop March 27th and 28th at Quest University in British Columbia.  University President Dr. David Hefland, formerly of Columbia University in New York, came to Quest to "seize the opportunity to redesign higher education from scratch" according to TEDx.

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Topics: Leadership & Organization

The 3 Must-Haves in Innovation Leadership Training

Posted by Leon Segal on 2/6/14 3:13 PM

Today's executives need to be as nimble and skilled at navigating complex business issues as fighter pilots need to be going into a dog fight. With that in mind, who should be training them in innovation leadership?

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Topics: Leadership & Organization

Common Ground: The Lean Startup & The Design Thinking Process

Posted by Scott Underwood on 1/13/14 7:26 AM

I've been struck at the overlap in the idea between design thinking and Eric Ries's Lean Startup. In this short LinkedIn teaser for the Lean Startup Conference (held a month ago; I'm slow), Ries provides answers to questions he's asked about Lean:

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Topics: Leadership & Organization

LinkedIn CEO: Compassion & Empathy Can Be Taught

Posted by Neil Goldberg on 3/7/13 3:22 AM

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says that the principle of “managing compassionately” is one that he aspires “to live by more than any other.”

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Topics: Leadership & Organization, Empathy & Inspiration