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Coe chats with Guy about the key to influencing others and evangelizing products, causes, and yourself. View the episode recap and frameworks on the IDEO U blog:
Jim Keane, President and CEO of Steelcase, shares techniques for empowering your employees to make decisions through humble and empathic leadership. View the full recap at
Learn how to set the groundwork for honest community conversations on diversity at work from Lauren Collins, Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at IDEO. View the full recap at
Tension is inevitable. IDEO Senior Director of Global Learning and Development, Heather Currier Hunt, reframes tension as a learning opportunity that can take ideas and teams to a better place and provides her favorite tips. View the full recap at
Karen Holst, co-author of Start Within, shares practical techniques to help you move from idea to action. View the full recap on the IDEO U blog:
In a candid webinar hosted by the Design & Innovation Group, our own IDEO U Dean Suzanne Gibbs Howard spoke with her friend Robin Beers, Head of Customer Research and Experience Design at Wells Fargo, about the importance of representation of women in the design industry. They share insights and tips for how women can support each other and navigate challenges in the workplace. View the full recap at
Successful change efforts don’t happen at one speed. Change requires momentum and moderation at different points in the journey. In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, Bob joins us to offer insights from his book Scaling Up Excellence: Getting More Without Settling for Less about how leaders can successfully drive organizational change by knowing when and how to pump the brakes and when to put the pedal to the metal. View the full recap at
Regardless of role, work can suck sometimes. Laszlo Bock, CEO and Co-Founder of Humu, a company that aims to make work better by encouraging people towards better habits and unlocking their potential, is focused on changing that. He’s dedicated the last decade of his career to bridging the gap between what we wish work was and what it actually is. In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, he shares insights and tips on how we can make work better by sending small behavioral nudges to cultivate more empathy, equity, and resilience in the office. View the full recap at
Starting a business from scratch is already an admirable undertaking. Now, try starting a business while breastfeeding 7-month-old twins, raising a toddler, and traveling for a full-time job. That’s exactly what Kate Torgersen did when she founded Milk Stork, the first breast milk travel solution for working moms. Now six years old, Milk Stork has helped thousands of working moms get their "liquid gold"​ home safely from business trips and is offered as an employee benefit by many large companies. Coe sat down with Kate for a candid conversation to celebrate Mother’s Day and honor working moms. View the full recap at
What can we learn in this moment from global entrepreneurs who are embracing constraints to build resilient, impactful businesses? Alexandre Lazarow, author of the new book Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs—from Delhi to Detroit—Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley, joined us to discuss the ways entrepreneurs around the world are shifting their mindsets around business innovation and what you can take away from their approach. View the full recap at
What is design thinking? Why does it work? How do I get started with it? Our community had so many great questions on the power and potential of design thinking that we hosted an Ask Me Anything session on the topic with IDEO partners and IDEO U leaders Suzanne Gibbs Howard and Coe Leta Stafford. View the full recap at
In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, Sacha shares 10 pitfalls to look out for when working remotely and strategies for success. View the full recap at
Testing might sound like a very analytical activity, but it’s actually one of the most creative things you can do when developing a strategy for your business or organization. In this conversation, Jennifer Riel, IDEO’s Global Director of Strategy, breaks down ways to test your assumptions, build confidence, and weed out poor choices before rolling out a new strategy. View the full recap at
In our new 5-week online course, Impactful Presentations, you’ll learn how to: –Deliver presentations that spark a shift in perspectives. –Create a meaningful journey for your audience. –Practice with different presentation methods. Learn more here:
IDEO’s Dav Rauch explains why it’s important to connect with your audience as a presenter and how to get them in the right mindset to be open to new ideas. He shares techniques you can use to be a better presenter and help people retain the information you share. View the full recap at
In the #1 New York Times bestselling book Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and his co-author Dave Evans showed us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling. With their second book, Designing Your Work Life, they zero in on finding happiness at work. In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, Bill gives advice on how to assess the potential of your current career and shares ways to redesign and re-engage with your job. View the full recap at
Brendan Boyle, IDEO partner and founder of the IDEO Play Lab, joined us on the Creative Confidence Podcast to share how to bring more playfulness into your work. Get into a creative mindset and generate an abundance of new ideas with his favorite creative warm ups and group activities. See more on the IDEO U blog.
Resident IDEO storytellers Zena Barakat and Brian Janosch talk about the importance of stories in the world of business and innovation. Learn how to get started weaving stories into your work today with real life examples and tips for using stories in common business scenarios. Learn how to create a story brief, explore different mediums, and create multiple versions of your story to gather feedback from others in our 5-week online course Storytelling for Influence:
Rochael Adranly, IDEO partner and general counsel, has spent her career finding the balance between the rules-based world of law and the ambiguous, non-rules-based world of design. In this Creative Confidence Podcast episode, she shares how to bring out the natural creativity in others and encourage colleagues to be your partners in innovation—instead of your roadblocks.
As a venture capital investor at Collaborative Fund and Kindred Ventures, Kanyi Maqubela has invested in dozens of companies—including Lyft, Kickstarter, Beyond Meat, and Blue Bottle Coffee—and evaluated hundreds more. He seeks out founders and businesses that are not only addressing a market need, but have the potential to reinvent our future. In this episode of our Creative Confidence Podcast, he shares the elements he looks for to signal a strong business idea, an impactful leader, and a collaborative team. Build your leadership abilities in our course Leading for Creativity, and learn how to design prototypes to test and iterate business ideas in Designing a Business:
People and culture leader Margo Downs joined us for an episode of the Creative Confidence Series to share lessons learned from her years as a leader in people operations at Stitch Fix, Starbucks, and lululemon athletica—companies well known for their distinctive cultures. We dove into the building blocks of culture, her framework for operationalizing culture at scale, and how to impact culture regardless of your seniority or title.
An IDEO partner and global director of design, he’s also a lifelong musician and associate professor at the Berklee College of Music. He’s spent many years studying the shared mindsets of musicians and designers and is in the midst of writing a book on the subject to come out next year. He joined us on the Creative Confidence Series to share more about what the business world can learn from the musical one. To learn tactics for experimentation and generating new ideas, check out IDEO U's 5-week online course From Ideas to Action:
Suz chats with Sheryl O’Loughlin who says there’s a dark side to entrepreneurship, but it’s possible to run a startup in a healthy, joyful way. In this conversation, we dive into Sheryl’s vast experience as a CEO, founder, mentor, and advisor to pull out key lessons she’s learned at critical moments in her career. Walk away with tips for launching and growing a successful business while maintaining a fulfilled life.
Tim Brown, IDEO Chair and former CEO of IDEO for 19 years, shares his perspective on the qualities necessary for creative leaders in today’s unpredictable business and economic conditions. He discusses what we can do to find the opportunity in ambiguity and design and build better systems to meet the needs of the future.
In our new 5-week online course, Designing Strategy, you’ll learn how to: –Identify a strategic problem that your organization faces, frame it as a question, and brainstorm possibilities to solve it. –Surface and select the conditions that would need to be true to make the possibility a winning strategy. –Build and conduct different types of tests to help you choose among your possibilities. –Set your team up to be able to take action on the strategic choices you make. Learn more here:
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Apr 28th, 2017
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Sep 9th, 2020
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