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Entries tagged with: Design Thinking


10 July 2011

Rachel started incorporating the practical advice from Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers by Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie into the ways she helps clients and colleagues find the designer in all of us. (It's nice to have a resource that pulls so much good thinking into one place.)

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A Year in Review

30 December 2012

Rachel surveyed the stack of books remaining in her 'must review now' pile and reflected on some of the big ideas that shaped her thinking in 2012.

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Design Thinking Really Is for Everyone

22 January 2013

Allison did her homework for a five-day Design Thinking train-the-trainer course and is enjoying getting to be a student this week.

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A Practical Guide for Aspiring Design Thinkers

16 July 2013

Allison read a description of a field book about design thinking that’s available for pre-order from Amazon.com and couldn’t stop smiling.

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Play with Your Words

3 September 2013

Rachel got a little inspiration dose from reading a few pages from The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler. That prompted a question: What would your favorite word be wearing?

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Messiness vs. Cleanliness

17 September 2013

Allison read It’s Not 'Mess.' It’s Creativity. by Kathleen D. Vohs in The New York Times and pondered her current messiness versus cleanliness conundrum.

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Design Thinking in 13 Minutes or Less

18 March 2014

Allison watched a video of Darden Professor Jeanne Liedtka presenting a case study about how IBM used design thinking to transform trade shows and reflected on what she’s learned about this practical approach to problem solving.

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It’s Good to Be a Freak

12 August 2014

Allison Partners senior consultant (and first time blog contributor) Geof Hammond read Think Like A Freak. Inspired by the book’s engaging stories and anecdotes, he considered how an approach like experimentation could help him think like a freak. (In case you were wondering, that’s a good thing.)

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The Importance of Your Mindset

11 January 2016

Janie read Mindset: The New Psychology of Success and was amazed by all the ways that mindset can affect day-to-day life.

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Build Your Empathy Skills this Valentine’s Day

9 February 2016

Allison read Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day on the George Lucas Educational Foundation site, Edutopia, and celebrated an emphasis on compassion and caring this Valentine’s Day.

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Super-Achiever Habits Might Surprise You

1 November 2016

Allison read The Most Common Practices Of Super-Achievers on Forbes and was pleasantly surprised by what made the list.

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What is Design Thinking?

15 November 2016

Allison facilitated the Ready, Set, Design activity for 150 participants and was grateful for a fun, fast, and easy way to explain design thinking concepts.

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Confidence + Creativity

19 December 2017

Eden read Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All  by David Kelley and Tom Kelley and learned that creative confidence isn’t just for “creative types.”

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What Style of Innovator Are You?

22 May 2018

Janie read The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley and was eager to learn more about the ten personas that IDEO considers so integral to fostering creativity and innovation in an organization.

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When the Best Idea Wins

19 June 2018

Janie read The Power Of An Idea Meritocracy by Edward D. Hess and was interested to read his research on the power of listening to ideas over experience.

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For Better Solutions, Try Empathy

11 September 2018

Janie read Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector by Jeanne Liedtka, Randy Salzman, and Daisy Azer and considered the impact that empathy can have when we’re trying to solve problems.

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