Designing for Growth: Spark Innovation through Analogy

Designing for Growth: Spark Innovation through Analogy

A few years ago, I took Tango classes. I thought I was going to come away a better dancer, but to my surprise, I also came away with some striking lessons on leadership. I felt fortunate to stumble upon that analogy, but those insights can be few and far between. That’s why design thinking is all about making the magic happen, not waiting around for it. The Designing for Growth Field Book (D4GFB) exists exactly for this purpose.

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Spark Innovation by Eliciting the "Hmmm..."

Spark Innovation by Eliciting the "Hmmm..."

The best advice I ever received from an acting teacher was to focus not on what I’m doing or saying, but on what I want from the other person in the scene. Do I want them to forgive me? To feel hopeful? To change their mind? With my focus on the other person, self-consciousness fades away, and you’re left with one committed, powerful actor. 

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Coworking Communities Are Disrupting (and Improving) the Way We Work

Coworking Communities Are Disrupting (and Improving) the Way We Work

When I’m not working out of the Peer Insight office, I’m a coffee shop drifter. My extroverted personality thrives in this environment: coffee grinding, baristas pulling shots, and getting a heart in my latte makes me feel all warm-and-fuzzy inside (I know, I know, they do it for everyone). Coworking has given me another office, and what’s more, access to a vibrant community. I’m falling in love all over again.

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The Role of Luck in Successful Innovation

The Role of Luck in Successful Innovation

The other day I was listening to a panel of DC entrepreneurs talk about innovation and their experience with it. Someone raised the notion of luck being a key, perhaps even essential, ingredient for success. At first, I had a visceral reaction to this thought, perceiving that luck just makes it harder to glean best practices.

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