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Design Thinking: The future of thinking

In Collaboration, Content, Creative, Design, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Instructional Design, Leadership, Learning, Philosophy, Strategy on March 8, 2016 at 11:15 am

Did you know that HR organizations are incorporating Design Thinking into their approach to managing, supporting, and training people? Instead of building ‘programs’ and ‘processes’, they are studying people to aid in the development of interventions, apps, and tools to help make employees less stressed and more productive. This was as reported in Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2016.

According to the report, it was also stated that HR needs to upgrade its skills to include design thinking, people analytics, and behavioral economics.

Design Thinking is not a new concept. Giants such as Lego and Google have been practicing this for years. But why are we suddenly sitting up to join the club?

Because when the client or customer can literally take or leave at the touch of a button, loyalty has never been so coveted. And user experience has become gospel truth.

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Color code your meetings for a more effective collaboration

In Communication, Creative, Inspire, Leadership on June 10, 2014 at 10:44 am


Have you ever been in a meeting and wondered where it was going and how come the topic got so sidetracked, it’s driven agenda to walk out the door and effectiveness to jump out the window?

Or perhaps it’s just that you’ve been in too many meetings lately? And you’re starting to doubt the effectiveness of having such meetings?

According to Harvard Business Review’s May 2014 article, ‘Your Scarcest Resource’, “… Fifteen percent of an organization’s collective time is spent in meetings – a percentage that has increased every year since 2008″.

The article goes on to mention that “In a recent Bain survey, senior executives rated more than half the meetings they attended as ‘ineffective’ or ‘very ineffective’…. most companies have an opportunity to liberate at least 20 percent of their collective hours by bringing greater discipline to time management.”

Most of us know the feeling. And after a while, it all starts sounding so cliché. Oh here goes, another meeting. What’s worse is, sometimes after the meetings, paperwork needs to be done. Where do you even find the time? Never mind the regular job you were hired to do. Sometimes it takes longer reporting on the job you do than the actual doing of the job.

But in an era where businesses are pushing for collaboration and communication, meetings are essential. As even the wise Winnie the Pooh said, “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” Those wise words alone have many layers of wisdom. But let’s focus on effective collaboration for today.

So in the quest to break down silos and foster a collaborative culture, it is inevitable that we have our meetings. Formal or informal. But how to make them more effective?

Have you ever thought about color coding your meetings?

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Let the creative create

In Creative, Inspire on October 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

Dieter F Uchtdorf once said, “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”

The English word ‘creative’ comes from the Latin term creatus, which means to create, make or produce. The term itself is related to the other Latin term crescere, which means to arise or grow.

A creative is exactly that, a creator – someone who creates, makes or produces.

So it’s certainly not logical nor wise business sense to employ a creative, pay them thousands of dollars, to have them spend precious time, and your precious dollars, pushing paper or perform menial administrative tasks.

It’s not wise business sense. But it happens. A lot.

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Simon says

In Advertizing, Branding, Communication, Creative, Inspire, Learning, Personal Branding on July 25, 2013 at 4:59 am

I was driving the other day and stationary at the lights, I found myself looking out the window right at an ad that caught my eye.

So I whipped out my iPhone and snapped a shot.

I popped it up on Instagram and the next day, received an email from a friend who gave me a little bit of background to the tagline:

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

Recognize it?

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Word of the day: wonder

In Creative, Inspire, Word of the day, Writing on July 19, 2013 at 12:17 am


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Images with movement

In Advertizing, Branding, Creative, Design, Inspire, Marketing, Photography on July 18, 2013 at 12:58 am

I love the artistic and creative direction of the DKNY and DKNY Men Fall 2013 ad campaigns! Simply because it’s got my top three favorite elements: fashion, New York City, and images with movement.

What do I mean by ‘images with movement’?

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Word of the day: courageous

In Copywriting, Creative, Inspire, Language, Word of the day, Writing on July 16, 2013 at 4:36 am

How appropriate! Creative warriors should always be courageous!


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Setting the scene

In Creative, Design, Film, Scriptwriting, Theater, Writing on July 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I love the opening first scene of the movie The Adjustment Bureau. A side silhouette of Matt Damon standing in perfect synergy to the arched backdrop. The colors. The tone. The vibe. The look. The feel. Even his attire doesn’t disturb the solemness in the air.

He is alone. In semi-darkness. In deep contemplation. Surrounded by beautiful historical architecture. Already you’re wondering why. What is he doing? What happens next?

It sets the scene for the story. You automatically feel a sense that this is his story. A journey into contemplating his purpose. In semi-darkness. In varied levels of confusion.


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Creative warriors unite

In Art, Communication, Creative, Design, Inspire, Learning on June 28, 2013 at 12:33 am

I’ve used that term before. The creative warrior. Why? Because being a creative, it can sometimes be a lonely world.

We’re the dreamers with our heads in the clouds. We’re the poets time forgot. We’re the dancers with music in our veins. We’re the producers for which life is a movie. We’re the visionaries no one gets. We’re the abstracts who see depth into everything. And let’s face it, until you are discovered, you’re just that other person who sees things differently from the rest.

But it’s the creatives who push boundaries, open avenues, trail pathways, and make you think.

And we make you feel.

So what drives us?

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What ignites your spark?

In Creative, Inspire, Writing on June 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I’m always on the lookout for things that inspire me. And I’m always connecting with those who fuel that inspiration and creativity. Or at least, I try to.

The Internet and social media have certainly helped facilitate that. My day job predominantly involves writing for e-learning, which means I dedicate my hours to projects that I believe inspire and grow people. And this job is made possible via the Internet. It’s a cyclic process. So it would be highly ironic if I didn’t believe in its power.

I also believe everyone has a voice and a story to tell. You may not be able to write it out, but there are other creative ways to tell your story. Artists and creatives paint, sing, dance, sculpt, produce, and create; with one ultimate goal: to share. To be heard. And for some of us, it’s therapeutic. Cathartic.

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