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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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The adventure called life

In Creative, Inspire, Language, Word of the day on February 1, 2014 at 12:42 am

So it’s 2014.

I’m not one to make new year resolutions. I figure if you want to do something positive to change your life, you should just do it; you don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to do so.

But each year, I have a theme. And this year, this word pretty much sums up 2014 for me.

I hope it’s an amazing year for you, too! Happy 2014, here’s to adventure, love, and travel!

For it is those very things that inspire creativity. And may you continue to be inspired this year!

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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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Word of the day: awareness

In Branding, Inspire, Learning, Personal Branding, Word of the day on October 3, 2013 at 3:25 am

Awareness is a powerful thing. To be self-aware is to know self through self-reflection. And through the eyes of others. How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? How do we want to be perceived? What is our footprint? And what is our presence?

Awareness is the first step of growth and learning. Only by being aware do we know what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to learn.

Once we are self-aware, we can then be aware of others and those around us. It’s all about the world in you. Then you in the world. And what you do with that awareness, well, that’s entirely up to you.

Yes. Awareness is a powerful thing.

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Word of the day: knowledge

In Branding, Communication, Copywriting, Creative, Grammar, Inspire, Language, Learning, Personal Branding, Word of the day, Writing on September 8, 2013 at 10:34 pm

They say, ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ and that is true power. Knowledge is power. As they say.

But sharing knowledge is even more powerful. It marks a true leader.

I think. Don’t you?

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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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Inspiration, where art thou?

In Art, Communication, Copywriting, Creative, Design, Inspire, Writing on April 17, 2013 at 12:05 am

People often ask me where I get my inspiration from.

So today, I thought I’d share.

Two simple tips.

One. A notebook. Or your iPhone. Or any device you can write, note, or record your thoughts down, into, or on.

Two. Your senses.

Got you interested?

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The Tinman

In Art, Creative, Inspire on January 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm

On another blog site, I wrote a blog about The Tinman. For those of you who follow or read my varied blog sites, you’d recognize the piece I speak of.

And as it turns out, while that blog was in creation, I stumbled on this little gem while out in search of coffee one day.

What a crazy coincidence! Here’s the Tinman on a quest for a heart

This one joins my list of favorites. Another delicious little number hiding in a forgotten alleyway.

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The urban dragon

In Art, Creative, Inspire on November 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

I stumbled across this little gem while wandering through the city today. A creative outburst of color, shape, and form. Even freeform is a type of form.

I’m not sure who did it or when it was done, but I call this one ‘The Urban Dragon’.

There’s a ton of little bursts of creativity out there that can inspire you on a daily basis. All you have to do is seek. And you shall find.

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I am a rock

In Advertizing, Branding, Copywriting, Creative, Marketing on November 3, 2012 at 12:24 am

Have you seen the new Amarok ad for Volkswagen?

“I think, therefore I Amarok.”

Snap! Talk about clever copy.

It marries two simple ideas. The play on the name. And a tag everyone can easily relate to.

Another great example of simple creativity and getting the point across to your target audience. And then some.

Copyright © agentofarcadia 2012

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