Manager Mentorship Strategies: The Science of Motivating Young Talent with David Yeager
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by IDEO U Admin
1M ago
 We all want to be great managers. But when working with and leading young people, there’s no clear strategy or playbook for success. Too often it feels like we’re deciding between two extremes: enforce high standards and risk pushing our mentees away, or take a more gentle approach and withhold criticism, therefore missing out on critical learning moments. Often the result can be intergenerational misunderstanding. How do we interact with young people so that they feel inspired, enthusiastic, and energized rather than disengaged, outraged, or overwhelmed? In this episode of the Creative ..read more
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Creative Problem-Solving Skills: The Value of Curiosity and Play
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by IDEO U Admin
1M ago
  How can curiosity help you surface the unexpected and get to breakthrough ideas and solutions? In this episode of Breakthrough by Design, IDEO U Executive Director Coe Leta Stafford joins host Kim Christfort, Chief Innovation Leader and National Managing Director of The Deloitte Greenhouse® Experience, to discuss the concept of living with the problem. They explore the benefits of working through solutions layer by layer to understand individual, team, or customer behaviors, the importance of putting people at the center, and why you should have a curious mindset in your work.   ..read more
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Why Curiosity is a Business Imperative
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by IDEO U Admin
2M ago
Most of us recognize why curiosity is important. Few of us know how to practice and unleash its full potential. But when leaders embrace curiosity, it becomes a catalyst for transformation, helping leaders challenge their assumptions, connect with people, and build cultures where everyone feels like they matter. In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, we speak with Scott Shigeoka, curiosity expert and author of the new book, SEEK: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World. Scott shares his stories and research about why curiosity is one of the most important skill ..read more
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How Great Leaders Use Friction to Make Things Easier
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by IDEO U Admin
3M ago
  At its worst, friction can be a destructive force in an organization. Friction can undermine productivity and innovation, create inefficiency, and even chip away at our energy and enthusiasm for work. But what if friction could be reframed as something positive—something that makes the right things, like joy, productivity, and creative thinking, easier? In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, organizational psychologist and New York Times best selling author Bob Sutton discusses how great leaders use friction to make the right things easier and the wrong things harder. He c ..read more
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The Power of Play: How to Solve Problems Like a Toy Designer
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by IDEO U Admin
3M ago
  When facing complex business problems, the traditional method of shear force and determination often falls short. To be successful, you need an approach that helps you imagine future scenarios, explore creative solutions, and consider things from new and different perspectives. How do you do this? The key is play. Play gives us permission to dream and diverge, think outside the box, and discover solutions to unprecedented problems. In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, IDEO Partner & Managing Director and instructor of our new course Creative Thinking for Complex Prob ..read more
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How to Make the Most Sustainable Products the Most Desirable
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by IDEO U Admin
4M ago
 Fresh off the heels of the most recent United Nations Climate Change Conference, climate is top of mind for many organizations and business leaders. How will businesses adjust to meet ambitious climate goals? How might we design products, services, and experiences that are both sustainable and desirable? What opportunities for innovation does new climate technology present? In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, IDEO Senior Design Lead Natalia Vasquez and IDEO Managing Director Bryan Walker discuss the crucial role of design in scaling and increasing the rate of adoption of ..read more
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IDEO U’s 2024 Career Growth Guide
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by IDEO U Admin
4M ago
How are you planning to grow this year? We’ve updated our career guide with our latest articles, tips, and resources to help you grow in your career and as a leader. Whether your goal is to become a better leader, storyteller, strategist, collaborator, creative, or more, we’re here to support you.   Career paths… Teambuilding specialist Business designer Design researcher Business development lead Learning experience designer Experiential designer   If you want to grow into a better leader… Tap into creativity to navigate today’s challenges Take a human centered appr ..read more
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Insights in Action: Impactful Research to Fuel Innovation
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by IDEO U Admin
4M ago
Customer research and insights, when done well, can fuel creativity, innovation, and problem solving. But what makes a good insight? And how do you use your research and insights to help drive prioritization and decision making? In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, Arianna McClain, Head of Research and Insights at Cruise, discusses what makes a good insight, the difference between a finding and an insight, how to make customer research impactful, and how to build narratives from insights to align and compel stakeholders. Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts   Definition of ..read more
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Systems Thinking vs Design Thinking, What’s the Difference?
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by IDEO U Admin
7M ago
  JUMP TO SECTION Introduction What is Systems Thinking? What is Design Thinking? The Differences Between Systems Thinking vs. Design Thinking Advantages and Drawbacks of Systems Thinking Advantages and Drawbacks of Design Thinking Human-Centered Systems Thinking: Integrating Systems Thinking and Design Thinking  Frameworks, Tools, and Methodologies for Human-Centered Systems Thinking   1. Introduction Systems thinking and design thinking are both approaches to problem solving and innovation. Systems thinking starts with understanding entire systems rather than individualized ..read more
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Why Strategic Planning Feels like a Waste of Time
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by IDEO U Admin
9M ago
Is your strategy just a business plan in disguise? Strategy expert Roger Martin is willing to bet that it is. If it is, you’re not alone. Of the hundreds of companies Roger has advised, most end up with a strategic plan that is just a plan made up of projects, timelines, and deliverables. So, what makes a strategy? And what makes a good strategy? How do you win at strategic planning? In this episode of the Creative Confidence Podcast, Roger Martin discusses how to tell the difference between a plan and a strategy, common strategic planning pitfalls, and what makes a good strategic plan. Roger ..read more
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