In this playlist, Ben Crothers shares his picks on design thinking—a practical methodology that can help you generate product ideas, develop road maps, and more.
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eBooks about Design Thinking and Creativity
Solving Problems with Design Thinking by Jeanne Liedtka; Andrew King; Kevin BennettDesign-oriented firms such as Apple and IDEO have demonstrated how design thinking can affect business results. However, most managers lack a sense of how to use this new approach for issues other than product development and sales growth. Solving Problems with Design Thinking details ten real-world examples of managers who successfully applied design methods at 3M, Toyota, IBM, Intuit, and SAP; entrepreneurial start-ups such as MeYou Health; and government and social sector organizations, including the City of Dublin and Denmark's The Good Kitchen. Using design skills such as ethnography, visualization, storytelling, and experimentation, these managers produced innovative solutions to such problems as implementing strategy, supporting a sales force, redesigning internal processes, feeding the elderly, and engaging citizens. They elaborate on the challenges they faced and the processes and tools they used, providing a clear path to implementation based on the principles and practices laid out in Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie's Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers.
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation by Idris MooteeA comprehensive playbook for applied design thinking in business and management, complete with concepts and toolkits As many companies have lost confidence in the traditional ways of running a business, design thinking has entered the mix. Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation presents a framework for design thinking that is relevant to business management, marketing, and design strategies and also provides a toolkit to apply concepts for immediate use in everyday work. It explains how design thinking can bring about creative solutions to solve complex business problems. Organized into five sections, this book provides an introduction to the values and applications of design thinking, explains design thinking approaches for eight key challenges that most businesses face, and offers an application framework for these business challenges through exercises, activities, and resources. An essential guide for any business seeking to use design thinking as a problem-solving tool as well as a business method to transform companies and cultures The framework is based on work developed by the author for an executive program in Design Thinking taught in Harvard Graduate School of Design Author Idris Mootee is a management guru and a leading expert on applied design thinking Revolutionize your approach to solving your business's greatest challenges through the power of Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation.
Publication Date: 2013-08-12
Design thinking at work: how innovative organizations are embracing design by David DunneDesign Thinking at Work explores the challenges organizations face when developing creative strategies to innovate and solve problems. Noting how many organizations have embraced "design thinking" as a fresh approach to a fundamental problem, author David Dunne explores in this book how this approach can be applied in practice. Design thinkers constantly run headlong into challenges in bureaucratic and hostile cultures. Through compelling examples and stories from the field, Dunne explains the challenges they face, how the best organizations, including Procter & Gamble and the Australian Tax Office, are dealing with these challenges and what lessons can be distilled from their experiences. Essential reading for anyone interested in how design works in the real world, Design Thinking at Work challenges many of the wild claims that have been made for design thinking, while offering a way forward
Publication Date: 2018
Creativity Now by Pearson InternationalThis updated edition is packed full of innovative exercises, tips, tricks, stories and inspirational examples. You will find out how to unleash endless streams of ideas on any topic and turn them into a success.
Both creative in content and format, each page has been designed to give you an instant jolt of inspiration the moment you look inside.
Divided into four parts, you will find help with:
1) Dreaming - getting into the state of mind to invite new ideas.
2) Originating - different ways to come up with new, exciting and innovative ideas on any topic.
3) Applying - taking action and turning ideas into reality.
4) Adapting - how others successfully realised their dream.
Publication Date: October 2012
Unlocking Your Creativity by Doreen Marcial PorebaCreativity is the engine that drives business innovation, and it's also the path to personal self-fulfillment. Unfortunately, the busier and more complicated life gets, the more difficult it is to relax and let creative ideas flow. Idiot's Guide: Unlocking Your Creativity helps readers get past the barriers that keep them from being creative at work and in their daily lives.
Publication Date: May 2015
Creativity and Problem Solving (the Brian Tracy Success Library) by Brian TracyRecent research has revealed a direct causality between ideas and profitability, which means that in today's ultra-competitive and technology-rich work environment, the most crucial element separating an exceptional career from a lackluster one is . . . creative thinking skills. While that may be scary news to hear for many businesspeople and entrepreneurs, it shouldn't be for you! Because inside this concise, easy-to-read book, one of the world's premiere success experts, Brian Tracy, reveals 21 proven, practical techniques readers can use to immediately begin generating a stream of productive ideas, including how to:* Stimulate the three primary triggers to creativity* Inspire a creative mindset in staff through recognition, rewards, and environment* Use methods such as Brainstorming, Zero-Based Thinking, Nominal Group Technique, and Lateral Thinking to solve problems, improve systems, devise new products, and come up with fresh, exciting marketing angles* Ask focused questions to generate elegant solutions* Understand the difference between mechanical and adaptive thinking* Rigorously evaluate new ideas . . .without shutting down the creative impulseContaining mind-stimulating exercises and down-to-earth strategies, Creativity & Problem Solving, an eye-opening book, will help anyone tap into the root source of their own intuitive genius--and gain the winning edge they've been missing all this time.
Publication Date: 2014-10-15
The 46 Rules of Genius: An Innovator’s Guide to Creativity by New RidersThere’s no such thing as an accidental genius. Anyone who’s reached that exalted state has arrived there by design. But simply wanting to get there is not enough. A would-be genius also needs a theoretical framework, a basic compass, a set of principles to guide the way forward.
Marty Neumeier, acclaimed author of The Brand Gap and Metaskills, has compressed the wisdom of the ages into the first “quick start guide” for genius—46 glittering gems that will light your path to creative brilliance. This is THE essential handbook for designers, entrepreneurs, marketers, educators, artists, scientists, innovators, and future leaders in every field.
Publication Date: May 2014
Everything Connects: How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability by Faisal Hoque and Drake BaerEverything Connects is a kaleidoscopic view of the way humans—by being able to think out of the box—have been able to achieve greatness for themselves, their organizations, and the world at large. It is your step-by-step guide for working with yourself and others—for meaningful success.
Using real-life practical experiences, serial entrepreneur and thought leader Faisal Hoque teams up with journalist Drake Baer to provide a personal and professional playbook that shows how to:
Holistically connect the “when” and “what” with who you are
Inspire and lead inside and outside of your organization
Generate ideas, grounded decisions, and long-term value
Publication Date: February 2014
Unleashing Creativity and Innovation by Madan BirlaCreativity and innovation are the keys to both organizational growth and successful careers. People understand this, but they do not know how to unleash their natural creative potential. Drawing upon his twenty-two years of first-hand experience helping FedEx grow into a global icon and the last ten years consulting around the world, Madan Birla provides proven and practical answers. Readers will learn How to build a reputation as a creative thinker and become management's go-to person for innovative business solutions Four steps for unleashing their creative potential and generating creative ideas Four communication skills to gain acceptance of your ideas Two words that guarantee promotions How to minimize internal and external negative influences that obstruct creative energy flow How to stop self-censoring and how to confidently express their ideas How to trust that all the resources for germinating creative ideas are within them
Publication Date: 2013-10-21
John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Amazing Creativity by John AdairThe final instalment in a new series offering straightforward, practical wisdom from a top business guru John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Amazing Creativity is the second title in a new series of titles from the noted business expert. Focused on concise, practical, and straightforward business wisdom, the series offers the kind of real-world insight that business leaders thrive on. Short, punchy, and packed with real solutions, this book provides 100 proven and effective ideas for businesspeople in need of fresh new ideas, whether they work for a small firm or a Fortune 100 giant. Proven, practical business wisdom for anyone who must create to succeed The second book in a new series from renowned business authority John Adair Quick bites of business wisdom for everyday business success For effective tips on creative thinking from a proven expert, John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Amazing Creativity offers everything you need to invent your own success in business.
Brown, the CEO and president of the innovation and design firm IDEO, is a leading proponent of design thinking -- talks about a method of meeting people's needs and desires in a technologically feasible and strategically viable way.
In this article the authors present a five-part framework to guide the development and ensure the survival of breakthrough ideas: Focus attention closely and with fresh eyes, step back to gain perspective, imagine unorthodox combinations, experiment quickly and smartly, and navigate potentially hostile environments outside and within the organization.