Join Turi McKinley for an in-depth discussion in this video Skill of a design thinking leader, part of Learning Design Thinking: Lead Change in Your Organization.
- As a leader of a team it's often tempting…to focus on how the team is doing,…are they getting things done, do they seem…to be collaborating well, is the work they are…producing clear?…It's harder to reflect on yourself, and to dig into…how you impact the team.…Understanding the skills of a leader…in an effective, creative problem-solving environment…and your own relationship with those skills…is crucial to developing your own leadership.…So design thinking is making-based…problem solving by collaborative teams…working from a shared mindset that's…experimental, human centered and optimistic.…
That's what you're seeking to foster in your teams.…So what skills do you need to help that happen?…At the very highest level, I think you need…two things.…Confidence in your own judgment,…so that you don't need to seek outside security…in an answer or the one solution.…With this confidence, you allow and encourage…optimism of the team, and you give them…the freedom to experiment.…This confidence in your own judgment…is, however, quite different from being sure…
The course opens with a definition of design thinking, including the roles and spaces required for success. You will then learn how to be a good design thinking leader, with specific advice on topics from setting goals to engaging the different skill sets and personalities in the room (introverts and extroverts alike). Next, Turi dives into creative collaboration: the heart of design thinking. She covers planning, research, and concept creation, and explains how to create a "service blueprint" that will help make the design a reality. Chapter 4 introduces prototyping techniques to advance the design.
Design thinking is all about collaboration so we've integrated a LinkedIn Group called "Design Thinking: frog + Lynda.com course." Throughout the course, the author will suggest opportunities for you to share what you're learning. You'll be able to participate in course-related discussions through your web browser at https://linkedin.com/groups/7022790 or via the LinkedIn Groups app, which is available for most smartphones. This is a great way to expand your learning and get additional insights from other members taking the course.
- Defining design thinking
- Implementing a design thinking mindset and approach
- Leading design thinking
- Aligning the design team
- Managing creative flow
- Guiding collaboration
- Generating hypothesis
- Prototyping fast and often
- Making a culture change