Thinking Bigger

Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to businesspeople and designers around the world. Here he encourages us to think bigger and consider how opposing ideas and opposing constraints can lead to new thinking, products and solutions.

Innovation is all about dots!

Steve Jobs: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Seth Godin: “Students today are educated in “collecting dots. Almost none of it spent teaching them the skills necessary to connect dots. The magic of connecting dots is that once you learn the techniques, the dots can change but you’ll still be good at connecting them.”

Richard Brier: “So what is innovation? Those other dots. The ones others miss. And having the certainty to know that the dots you see are not only valid but necessary if the world is to move forward.”

Source: Fast Company 01 Nov 2013

Faster than we can learn!

Returning to work after an extended summer break has me thinking not has the world changed, because I know it has. The world is changing more rapidly than most people realise, the question is ‘what’ has changed that we need to know about, whilst Sage Blue has been away for the summer? This prompted a revisit to Eddie Obeng’s fast paced and thought provoking TED talk and a watch of the World After Midnight, both of which are posted here for you:

The World After Midnight

Being good at something isn’t a reason to do it!

Sir Ken Robinson, one of the world’s leading speakers on creativity and education, sheds light on an all too common human phenomenon – many people never truly surface their talents, gifts and passions and they get stuck doing what they know or in what they are well practiced. Can you really know who you are if you don’t know your talents and gifts? Can you excel at something that doesn’t resonate for you? He offers ideas about unearthing our natural talent and describes how when you are in love with something you are really good at you never really work again.

If you are short of time then the bare bones of his wisdom are shared here:

Want to learn more about finding your element –  the point at which natural talent meets personal passion, a more extended, witty and profoundly informative presentation can be found here:

Does the giving of a mint create a change in your behaviour?

Persuasion is often described as an art, it is in fact a science. There are a set of predictable factors that can influence human behaviour. In this animation the Science of Persuasion based on the research of Dr. Robert Cialdini, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University, you will discover what it is that causes people to say “YES” to the requests of some and at the same time say “NO” to the same request made by others.

The ‘X’ Model Equation

On a recent programme with a group of directors we explored the ‘X’ model created by Blessing White as part of a discussion on the relationship between organisational performance and employee engagement. We hold a view that we can distil everything down to an emotional or behavioural equation (Chip Conley 2012) and therefore the employee engagement equation is simply the maximum satisfaction to the individual + their maximum contribution to the organisation = an engaged person. You may find the model interesting, if you also pause for thought you may be able to answer the more personal question – are you a hamster, crash & burner, honeymooner or partially or fully engaged?