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Prognostication is a multi-billion dollar industry. We have weathermen, Wall Street Analysts, political pundits and futurologists. They all claim some expertise. These people exist because there is strong demand for their services.
in Share 29 My recent conversation with Brigitte Borja de Mozota focused on the necessity of a renewed model for innovation , and her view of “design thinking” inside. Brigitte believes that working with designers is what made her a better manager. She has made her life’s goal to try to prove, convince, and share with people the “joy of working with designers.”
By Saul Kaplan, contributor FORTUNE -- Believe in the power of design. Through it, we will chart the landscape of possibility – designing, testing and prototyping new terrain.
This is the third in a series excerpted from a new chapter in the paperback version of Good Boss, Bad Boss , a New York Times bestseller by Robert Sutton . Read the first installment, Are You A Power Poisoned Boss? here , and the second, What Good Bosses Do With Bad Apples, here . The best bosses strive to simplify things for themselves, their people, and their customers. In addition to the subtraction mindset already considered , Good Boss, Bad Boss shows the value of checklists, of instilling predictability during scary times, and offers A.G. Lafley’s philosophy that the best managers make things “ Sesame Street simple.”
Every day it seems that we read about the launch of a new startup or technology application claiming to disrupt and reinvent the health care system. This flood of activity comes at a time when the health care industry is in dire need of entrepreneurial spirit, fresh perspectives and new skills. But to create products and services that have the potential to make a large impact, entrepreneurs and health care professionals need to work together. Defining Success For new products to impact health and health care outcomes, we must find a way for them to be adopted by physicians, patients, health care institutions, third-party payers, and regulatory agencies. This will require entrepreneurs and institutions to work together.
58 in Share 37 Most business cases outline a problem, some potential solutions, and an investment strategy in the hope of gaining approval. Unfortunately this no longer works. Innovation is a Process
in Share 43 Nine out of ten business start-ups, and one in six business transformations will confirm it. Learning from the failures of the past, it becomes clear that we have been missing a key step in the execution of our business plans. That key step is the discovery of what works. In this three part series, I’ll look at the way in which business plans lead to failure, the way in which business model innovation can help, and the mindset that is needed to succeed in discovering a new path towards business success. What’s Wrong with a Business Plan?
The decade of Design Thinking is ending and I, for one, am moving on to another conceptual framework: Creative Intelligence, or CQ. I am writing a book about Creative Intelligence, due out from HarperCollins in fall 2012, and I hope to have a conversation with the Fast Company audience on this blog about how we should teach, measure, and use CQ. Why am I, who at Business Week was one of Design Thinking's major advocates , moving on to a new conceptual framework? Simple. Design Thinking has given the design profession and society at large all the benefits it has to offer and is beginning to ossify and actually do harm. Helen Walters, my wonderful colleague at Business Week , lays out many of the pros and cons of Design Thinking in her post on her blog .
Bruce Nussbaum was right to close the book on Design Thinking . It is time to move on. Business never really got the message. What businesses continue to care about is innovation.
Oliver Burkeman: 'The notion that designers might have much to teach the rest of us has swept the business world.' Illustration: Francesco Bongiorni for the Guardian If you're a graphic designer, you'll already know that " kerning " refers to making tiny adjustments to the spaces between letters. If you're not, there's a strong possibility you won't care. But either way I suspect you'll see why I was sceptical about a new book entitled Life Kerning: Creative Ways To Fine Tune Your Perspective On Career & Life , which treats kerning as a metaphor for living. No offence to the designers I've known, but they tend to be neat-freaks with an obsessive attention to detail (and stylish spectacles).