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Design Thinking Applied to M&A Integration

Tullio Siragusa

Design Thinking Applied to M&A Integration. The failure rate increases due to insufficient integration design and planning or faulty integration planning. Most of the failures point to a lack of design and alignment with people’s needs. What is Design Thinking?

The limitations, criticisms and new pathways for Design Thinking – Part One

Paul Hobcraft

Let me summarize where we are today in design thinking. In the past couple of weeks, I have been spending a fair amount of time on investigating design thinking. This is part one of my thoughts that came out of investigating and researching design thinking in the past couple of weeks. Within two posts, I want to provide my outcomes, bridging the present and pointing towards a better design thinking future, in my opinion urgently needed.


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How to transform your organizational culture with Design Thinking


That is the case of Design Thinking , a structured approach to innovation. Keep reading to understand how you can implement an innovation culture into your company with Design Thinking! That’s because only the visible artifacts of organizational culture can be designed. ” In this way, the company that wants to introduce Design Thinking to support transformation will work with artifacts to form a culture of innovation. What do you think?

The Dynamics within Agility.

Paul Hobcraft

There has been an awful lot to absorb when it comes to skills and how organizations need to be designed for the future. After working through a number the one that held my attention and has become central to my thinking to take organizational practices forward was provided by a recent report from McKinsey “ How to create an agile organization ”. Agility for me is vital, it allows us to increasingly be adaptive in an uncertain world. How to create an Agile Organization.

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4 Fantastic Agile Sprint Retrospective Templates

These top agile and scrum sprint retrospective templates can be used during remote meetings with your team. Facilitating Agile Retrospectives Workshop. Teams will walk through the following 4 steps: “Turn your brain on” – Discussion and establish rules of engagement.

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Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban and Design Sprint: how to combine agile practices and gain more efficiency


We all know that agile methodologies are not written in stone. In reality, we are talking about a set of practices that should be used to manage projects and demands to adapt to changes and gain efficiency quickly. Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban, and Design Sprints are just a few.

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Positioning my innovating approach

Paul Hobcraft

The need is the bringing together of many strands of thinking, ideally in a “living and dynamic” designed way” Aspiring to achieve. Evolving constantly over time in ecosystem design thinking.

Accelerating the Journey to HR 3.0: Key Insights from IBM’s 2020 Study

More than two thirds of executives surveyed in IBM’s latest research report said that HR is ripe for disruption – and the time is now to make a move to fundamentally change the way organizations think about their human resources department.

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Network Operating Model: How To Design, Build & Embed An Agile Operating Platform Geared For Mounting Complexity & Rapid Change…

The Future Shapers

The thrust of the book focused on the creation of a Dual Operating System designed to handle today’s business-as-usual in a traditionally efficient (hierarchical) way, while at the same time operating a parallel highly agile and innovation-friendly structure wired to capitalise on tomorrows future opportunities. I have been privileged to work in complex and challenging change environments across a range of industry and consulting roles. Systems Thinking.

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Agile Sprint: how it brings efficiency to your business


Agile practices transform business in multiple directions, providing powerful models of product and service creation, project management, and much more. In this article, you will understand what agile practices are, what benefits this approach offers to your company. You’ll also understand how Sprint’s approach, derived from Agile, can boost results. What are Agile Practices. Cultural change of the seed through delivery. More agility. Agile

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15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

Together, they reduce the risk of failure, improve the success rate of new ideas and can help build an organisation which is more resilient to change and able to grow. The important aspect of the theory which most discussions ignore though is that while it is happening, management at the established companies think they’re making the right decision to let the new companies take over the low-end of the market. 5 – Design Thinking.

Remote Transformation: Working remotely requires cultural change


And it accelerated the changes in Remote Transformation. To overcome it, we must be agile, collaborative, and remote. No matter what stage your corporation is at, you need to understand that the new normal will require plunging headlong into cultural change that embraces remote work. We need to think about strategies to operate efficiently in this scenario and adopt more efficient management models and rethink processes. The key here is agility.

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Authentic Leaders Humbly Serve Others

Tullio Siragusa

Serving others is simple when all you can think of is to be a servant leader; however, it also means knowing when to let people fall, and push people along to discover things they need to see about themselves to grow. Authentic Leaders Humbly Serve Others.

We are searching for new pathways

Paul Hobcraft

They can, through shared platforms achieve a closer relationship with the customer, to understand their needs and experience through increased collaboration, and engagement. This calls for some radical rethinking of the existing business and deciding the design of the future business.

How Being Agile Can Help Your Company Win In The Post-Covid Economy


To survive – and even thrive – in the post-Covid economy, companies will have to be faster than ever in responding to change. A proven way to do this is through the agile process. Deployed as part of a company-wide commitment to innovation, an agile approach can be transformative.

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Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

Frameworks assume: engaged leadership, talent on the team, day to day creativity, curiosity, and domain knowledge. You will fail with: Lean, Agile, Design Thinking, TRIZ, Stage-Gate, Osborn-Parnes CPS, KILN’s FuseTrail, or a homegrown/blended framework. Seven Innovation Fundamentals: Applying creative thinking to problems. Still, curiosity, freedom of expression, and creative thinking are essential to success. Projects change culture.

How building Staff Capability can improve Employee Engagement


How encouraging staff to undertake qualifications can boost employee engagement. Employee engagement is one of the main priorities for organisations today. Employees working in these companies have some of the highest job satisfaction rates in the world and employee engagement is off the charts. If you are able to provide them with what they’re looking for then they will remain loyal employees for longer and be more engaged with the organisation.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Tell me what I should be thinking about.” I replied “you need to be thinking about project cycles and measures.” Not Design Thinking?” After a bit of gab about projects, Design Thinking, and other industry buzzwords, I promised to get back to him with a more thoughtful answer — and then I changed the topic! Believe it or not, many people don’t think it’s their job to innovate.

Customer Experience, Associate Engagement, and Continuous Improvement: A Virtuous Circle


Engagement serves as a sanity check for what’s important. Engagement with front line staff through collaborative ideation gives leaders the ability to scan the (true) horizon by receiving a steady stream of ideas and insights that front-line staff gain from working with a wide swath of customers. If you believe that the pace of change in the world is accelerating, then your ability to sense changes more quickly and more precisely becomes a necessity.

Adopting a Rapid Digital Innovation Process

Paul Hobcraft

As we start to think about the next year, (is it here already?) it is a time of reflection and some forward thinking. We do need to make some real changes. So we make a resolution to change something to improve on this constant catch up state we find ourselves in. For me, I think the real need is in speeding up of the whole innovation process, approaching the whole innovation in a systematic way, as the only path to tread in the years ahead.

Relating to the New Innovation Era

Paul Hobcraft

When you step back and recognize all the different advancements we have making in designing tools and frameworks, in understanding innovation, it holds promise. The sad part is that many of our existing consulting firms offer solutions that are unfit for todays need or ill-equipped for offering advice on tomorrow’s purpose and the designs necessary. This does need a real change but can we achieve it? Can we go that route in our organization design?

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How building staff capability can improve employee engagement


Employee engagement is one of the main priorities for organisations today. Employees working in these companies have some of the highest job satisfaction rates in the world and employee engagement is off the charts. It just goes to show that if you make the effort to cultivate your employees, you could see massive improvements and increased employee engagement will lead to talented and loyal employees. Successful organisations like Google, Microsoft and Mars Inc.

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In last month’s blog at ImagineNation we opened the door to a threshold for a new kind of co-creative, collaborative and cohesive team spirit to catalyse change through “innovation evangelism”.

The sharks that prey are arriving a lot earlier now

Paul Hobcraft

Change is all around us, it is accelerating not abating. You often hear of volatile trading conditions, a more complex market and situations changing constantly and moving faster than ever. We do know we need to re-equip ourselves for constant disruption; we are really beginning to see a shift from the classic bell curve into more of a shark fin for adopting change. These statements are just covering up the serious cracks appearing in the design process for new products.

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Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

In either case, companies are frequently forced to reinvent themselves by changing the way they have been doing business so far. Recent research has confirmed successfully disrupting as well as outperforming companies to be significantly more engaged in business model innovation. These communities stimulate social engagement around the product through participation in forums, sharing, collaboration or even user-driven innovation by co-creating new products.

Reflecting on our innovation practices

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation has been rapidly changing and much of its basics have been swallowed up by some newly defining frameworks that have raced up to the top of the innovation agenda. They have driven much of our thinking and reacting. If you are always open to this new thinking, it does enrich and advance innovation understanding and that makes it so valuable but so demanding.

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The 5 Jobs to Address Uncertainty

Moves the Needle

It’s a long and difficult journey to implement this mindset change. They may be design thinkers, agile developers, or people who have worked in startups before. Some people call it agile. Some, design thinking, human centered design, or lean startup.

How to make our planning process purposeful?


One of the biggest trends in 2022 is to design workplaces together that put people at the centre and craft experiences and organisational cultures that are more empathetic, inclusive, creative, healthier, humane?—?which Change can happen on a team level that will spread to other teams, too.

Innovative Innovation Meetings: Formats, Designs, and Examples

Design more innovative innovation meetings that boost creativity and strengthen engagement. Far too often, engaging and innovative meetings are rare and fall short of accomplishing their goals. Implementation: 6 Questions to Help You Design Innovative Meetings.

6 Creative Innovation Exercises for Online Whiteboards


Innovation is a process that relies heavily on creativity and individual thinking, and these are things that don’t come easily. In order to get your creative juices flowing it can be important to engage in creative thinking exercises and practice ways you can improve your innovation process.

Are you having fun riding the innovation waves?

Paul Hobcraft

In many ways, I was fairly happy with the outcome, as many of the places I would put my required but limited resources behind, in providing a depth of understanding, were highly relevant, topical and needed, so were good spaces to offer my thinking, advice and solutions into. Innovation has been rapidly changing and much of its basics have been swallowed up by some defining issues that have raced up to the top of the innovation agenda and it is right to respond to these.

Digital Transformation: The Why, What & How For Transformational Leaders…

The Future Shapers

As the 4iR digital revolution increasingly fuses the virtual world with the real world, businesses are changing right before our very eyes. The execution of a successful digital agenda starts with a mind-set shift that places a heightened emphasis on people a nd social systems to effect positive and sustainable change. They engaged, empowered, energised, excited and rallied their people behind a meaningful cause – and compelling story of the future. Visual Thinking.

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Are you having fun riding the innovation waves?

Paul Hobcraft

In many ways, I was fairly happy with the outcome, as many of the places I would put my required but limited resources behind, in providing a depth of understanding were highly relevant, topical and needed, so were good spaces to offer my thinking, advice and solutions into. Innovation has been rapidly changing and much of its basics have been swallowed up by some defining issues that have raced up to the top of the innovation agenda and it is right to respond to these.

Strategic flexibility: understand the value of this transformation in times of uncertainty


The future has changed. It will not think of networks as a future state. Agility. The present and the future will belong to companies that think about co-creating and putting the focus of their strategies on their employees, customers, and service providers.

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The Challenges being Faced by Innovation Consultants

Paul Hobcraft

Unless this changes it will continue to erode the clients’ confidence in these service providers and they will be seeking increasing internal solutions to tackle their problems. I think if this trend continues it will be a mistaken course. The scrabble for consultants is to re-position themselves back at the high-value end but they need a greater depth of knowledge, expertise and experience to convince clients of this need to change differently than simply providing resources.

Learning from our scars

The Future Shapers

As a largely greenfield initiative, this has also created a platform against which we can accelerate our organisational-wide ambition of adopting new ways of working (new delivery practises and technologies) to create lean and agile solutions that are highly responsive to business change. Over the last 12 months, the programme has made significant progress, achieving many of its stated aims; both in terms of product and our change methods.

Innovating: So What Is Possible?

Paul Hobcraft

In recent years our innovation understanding and its management have significantly changed, due to numerous factors that have been happening. These have been advances in technology, methodology or design- thinking and we do need to stop and think about how we could do ‘things’ differently by asking “what is possible?” I think we should always seek out this desirable point, scope it and shoot for the potential it can offer.

Innovation fails because humans have emotions

Idea to Value

Their team had been engaged to review why their innovation process was not delivering results. The original process showed how an idea should first follow design thinking principles, before being turned into a solution using agile development, and finally being piloted and launched.

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Training on the Future of Work

Many wonder what exactly the future of work will look like, especially in a constantly changing post-2020 pandemic landscape. Most of these trends started occurring before the pandemic changed our world, but have since accelerated in the aftermath.

Management 3.0: Why you should get to know this Model?


It’s a management format that draws from the same source as Lean and Agile. perhaps the main one, is to leverage business through motivated, engaged, and satisfied employees. Increases motivation and engagement. No, the change is tenuous, but impactful.

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Scaling-Up: Crossing the Internal Chasm in Corporate Innovation

Integrative Innovation

We think it is high time to change this. Depending on the companies’ objectives, these innovation centers are mostly autonomous, designed as corporate accelerators, incubators, Digital Labs or in a blended form. We have too many stakeholders with diverse and frequently changing intentions’. The tension comes from the largely incompatible designs and operating models of these two organizations, which are based on two completely different rationales.

Why radical and disruptive innovation might not always be the answer


In a world where the image of corporations are sluggish, start-ups are the fast and agile destroyers and the elusive “entrepreneur” is the new golden ticket. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Big changes don’t happen overnight. Think about Innovation methods like a lean startup and design thinking. Have you thought as a leader how your employees could incorporate Everyday Design Thinking ? .

Serious About Your Social Mission? Innovate It.


The obvious place to turn is innovation approaches such as design thinking , rapid prototyping , and open innovation. They have helped businesses break through inertia and build game-changing products, but are still surprisingly uncommon when it comes to social good. While the world around us continues to change at an astonishing pace, the efforts to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and right injustices seem not so dissimilar to a decade ago.

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