How to Get Unstuck in your Mindset to Innovate

At the end of the day, people failing to progress – at whichever stage – need a way to take action. It is not always possible to will yourself into a new mindset. This is where establishing a structural solution is key in innovating yourself. The best intervention is a structure to help you take…

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Mindset for Innovative Thinking

The Innovation Thinking Process There are specific innovative thinking mindsets that come from the world of design thinking. These design thinking mindsets are attitudes to use as you innovate and you can apply them with a variety of frameworks or processes that you choose to use. The three sticky notes featured on the cover of…

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Design Thinking Workshop Resources

This is a list of links to my recommended resources for design thinking I’ve researched and found over the years that influence my design thinking training workshops. Many are pdf guides you can use to help with the design thinking process and projects. These are the resources I recommend in conjunction with my design thinking…

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15 Practices of Innovation Leaders for Creating Cultures of Innovation

For my book, Innovation Step-By-Step: How to Create and Develop Ideas For Your Challenge, I drew on my first hand experience and knowledge working as an innovation consultant and facilitator for a wide variety of organizations to share the common elements of the innovation process for anyone to use and apply. But this time, I…

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An Innovator of Innovation: Discussion with Darin Eich

Darin Eich of Innovation Learning talks User-Centered Design Interviewed and written by : Emily Cruz Darin Eich, founder of Madison, Wisconsin-based company, Innovation Learning, creates, designs, and delivers innovative training programs, engaging speeches, interactive workshops, books, online courses, and leadership retreats for every level of innovator out there. Eich’s projects range from hundreds of college…

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How to Design Optimal Work Environments

This six step guest article from Roger Osorio applies innovation, design thinking and lean startup approaches to designing high-performing work environments in organizations.  Optimal working conditions, like many other things in life, depend on the individual needs, team needs, objectives, and resources available. Thinking there is one tool, one way, one method, to solve all…

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Design Thinking Training Workshops

Get started with design thinking! Learn the basics in our design thinking training workshop, and start on your own innovation project step-by-step. Create and validate an innovation for and with your clients, customers or users. Use some of the most effective tools and techniques to design your concepts. About Design Thinking Training Interested in learning more…

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Utilizing Performance Improvement (LEAN/SixSigma) and Human Centered Design to Improve the Healthcare System from the Patient Perspective

The healthcare ecosphere is rapidly evolving with hospitals and health systems trying to keep up. Reimbursements are dropping, value based care is becoming a reality, and consumer (i.e. patient) expectations of services have risen and evolved over the last several years. Given these and other challenges, it is no wonder healthcare leaders are turning to…

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The Instructional Power of Creativity, Design and Empathy in High School Curriculum

Written by Charles James It is time to connect our classrooms and students with the world. Food for the Soul When you walk into the large basement of the church and look at the faces and ages of the group, you are looking at the reality of homelessness in Washington, D.C. Each person’s story and…

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How to use Design Thinking to Design an Innovation Lab

Written by Emily Cruz What is an Innovation Lab? Before we dive deep into how to design an innovation lab, let’s take a moment to think about what an innovation lab is and what it means to a growing organization in today’s world. In a broad sense, an innovation lab is a physical space dedicated…

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