leading by design

Designing a better future starts with Leading by Design.

As a leader, you feel it in your gut. It’s time. Perhaps you have attempted change initiatives (maybe several) using outdated models and failed. You may have even hired a team of consultants to come in and solve your problem. Unfortunately, the attempts thus far have fallen flat. It’s time for a fresh approach — time to give the leaders in your company the tools they need to innovate a better future. Harvard Business review in the excerpt below explains why a fresh approach is necessary.

Harvard Business Review in Design Thinking Comes of Age:

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.

This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of modern technology and modern business. That complexity takes many forms. Sometimes software is at the center of a product and needs to be integrated with hardware (itself a complex task) and made intuitive and simple from the user’s point of view (another difficult challenge). Sometimes the problem being tackled is itself multi-faceted: Think about how much tougher it is to reinvent a health care delivery system than to design a shoe. And sometimes the business environment is so volatile that a company must experiment with multiple paths in order to survive.

I could list a dozen other types of complexity that businesses grapple with every day. But here’s what they all have in common: People need help making sense of them. Specifically, people need their interactions with technologies and other complex systems to be simple, intuitive, and pleasurable.

A set of principles collectively known as design thinking.

Whether it’s the challenges of rapid/stagnant growth, employee engagement, business structure innovation, performance/ acquisition issues, or fall out from factors outside of your control  – you know. Time to design a better future for the employees, customers, and stakeholders. We deliver this through a tool for innovation known as design thinking.

What we bring to your Leading by Design initiative

Specifically, in leading by design, our consultant Karen brings an in-depth knowledge of:

  • designing thinking from MIT,
  • systematic inventive thinking from Columbia Business School,
  • the strategy is innovation methodology of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
  • a simplistic and intuitive approach to synthesizing problems to their essence
  • and decades of expertise in leadership, training, and personnel development

Uniquely equipped, our consultant helps you to discover, develop, and train the innovative geniuses that exist within your company. Equally important, the consultant guides your internal team(s) in extended design sprints to develop innovative solutions uniquely suited to solve the challenges your company is facing.

Leading by Design Experience Overview

  • First and foremost, our consultant meets with the company leader(s) to create a strategic vision for the challenges your team is facing. This session includes the vital vision question, the project constraints, and team configuration.  In essence, several groups can focus on one problem, or each team can address a different challenge.
  • Together with the consultant, you identify critical individuals to lead the internal teams. Likewise, group leaders will select 5-7 people from across the company to participate in their group.
  • Design Launch party – create excitement and engagement for the upcoming design period. Party can include a gathering of the teams or be company-wide. If applicable, the consultant will assist in the development of a team incentive program.
  • First, the team leaders experience design thinking personally in their current reality. Next, the consultant delivers Design Thinking Basic Training to team leaders. The training introduces the design thinking process and prepares leaders to launch their projects.  Depending on time constraints, the format is adaptable but generally 1-2 hours a week for 6-8 weeks.
  • In detail, the consultant provides weekly/monthly insights, coaching/consulting, and project management to assist leaders through the design thinking process with their team.
  • Innovation Proposals – lastly, for ideas outside the scope of authority of team leaders, they will have the opportunity to present their innovation proposals, including financial analysis, to you for approval and selection.

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