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Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking

“Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my bureau — 50 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious — costs around $177,000 …

Framing

Three Things You Need To Know About The Brain To Build Great Teams

Ellen Leanse is the author of a new book, <i>The Happiness Hack</i>, and she explains how to exercise your brain like fitness pros explain how to exercise your muscles. The book is full of insights synthesized from extensive research. We focused on three key understandings of the brain that founders, CEOs …

Power Tools

The uncomfortable secret to creative success is “disequilibrium”

It’s a Wednesday morning in the IDEO San Francisco studio. Bright sunshine reflects off the Bay and through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But in the project space, the mood is darker.<p>The team is on week five of their project. They’ve been conducting tons of human-centered interviews and broad …

Shh! Don’t Tell Them There’s No Magic In Design Thinking

When the term <i>‘Design Thinking’</i> first emerged on the scene, I found it completely puzzling. People were treating it as if it was a revolutionary new …

Thinking About Design Thinking

I had a great morning convo with my Automattic Design colleague Mike Shelton that took me down the rabbit hole of successive Google image searches …

Design

How to solve any problem, ever

Lightening decision making techniques for creative processes<i>**This post is based on a wonderful process explained by AJ&Smart in the video below &</i> …