6 reasons to host a design thinking or innovation event within your organization

There are more benefits to hosting design thinking sessions or innovation events than just the innovation work output that is produced at the event. When done well they can have a uniquely positive impact for the organization’s culture of innovation and for your people. Go beyond “innovation theatre” and design an invent that can have…

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The 7 Things Every Innovation Center Should Have

Many of the companies and organizations we work with on a culture of innovation focus want to set up an innovation center or lab. This can actually be done in just a day with basic materials. Use a design thinking innovative mindset to get into action quickly with a prototype for your innovation center that…

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Design Thinking & Innovation Development through Training

Have you been asked to help your organization and your employees to innovate? Do you need to demystify innovation for yourself and others? Would you like to learn innovation in a simple way, what that means, how to do it, and how to get started? Do you need to have a culture of innovation, design…

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7 Trends for Organizational Innovation and Learning

In the report on 15 Practices of Innovation Leaders for Creating Cultures of Innovation, we identified the most common themes in organizational innovation and learning from my interviews with over 100 innovation leaders at larger organizations. I wanted to identify the key techniques these individuals use within their organizations and share that for others to…

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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

Top activities, tools, articles, videos, guides, and more related to design thinking workshops This design thinking workshop guide contains a list of links to my recommended resources for design thinking we’ve researched over the years that influence our design thinking training workshops. Many are PDF guides you can use to help with the 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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