The Thinking.School Podcast

The Thinking.School Podcast

Your million dollar idea is worth nothing unless you can communicate it! Every week I share interviews, ideas and thinking hacks to inspire and get your mind working. Thinking School is here to transform how individuals, organisations and governments approach communication for collaboration and innovation.... Show More

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This is the final episode of dissecting the 'Design Sprint' to understand what it is and how it works. In this episode, we look at execution - how to build a road-map that keeps you focused on working through a set of ideas and avoids the trap of getting stuck trying to solve a single problem which might not even be the right one to solve...

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Over the next few episodes, we dissect the 'Design Sprint' to understand what it is and how it works. In this episode, we look at the convergence phase. How can we bring all those ideas together into something that we can manage? We look at some go-to tools to help in any situation.

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In this episode, we look at the ideation phase. How can we stimulate lots of ideas consistently? We look at some go-to tools to help in any situation.  

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Over the next few episodes, we dissect the 'Design Sprint' to understand what it is and how it works. In this episode, we take a look at Data: Having data is an essential part of effective problem solving in any design sprint. How should we gather and work with data to be most effective?

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Over the next few episodes, we dissect the 'Design Sprint' to understand what it is and how it works. In this episode, we take a look at Challenge Statements: What are they? How do you make a great one that can inspire as well as challenge? Tune in and find out...

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Over the next few episodes, we dissect the 'Design Sprint' to understand what it is and how it works. In this episode, we take a high-level look at the Design Sprint: What is it? What is it used for? How do you solve challenges with it? Why is it any better than just coming up with a solution? Tune in and find out...

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I was inspired to produce this episode while I was reading Show Stopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft by Gregg Pascal Zachary. Reading about the management style at the time of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, I was reminded of the intrinsic paradoxes of leading innovation: how to balance the freedom and creativity required for great ideas to get a shot - while at the same time providi... Read more

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This is the second episode in the two part series on my experience of Virtual Reality after visiting the SwitchOn event in Ipswich.  SwitchOn was held at Fire Station 101, which is an amazing innovation hub based in Ipswich (Regional Queensland).  While there was an array of different technologies on display from the exotic AmigaOne, to retro Vic 20, the piece that stood out for me was having a day of playing with the Vive and li... Read more

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The next two episodes I am sharing my experience of Virtual Reality after visiting the SwitchOn event in Ipswich. SwitchOn was held at Fire Station 101, which is an amazing innovation hub based in Ipswich (Regional Queensland). While there was an array of different technologies from the exotic AmigaOne, to retro Vic 20, the piece that stood out for me was having a day of playing with the Vive and live presentation sessions from ex... Read more

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This week I am digging into the Thinking.School vault and we're going back to medieval times as we visit Ironfest from last year. History is often seen as being dry and boring - the act of memorizing facts and figures with no practical use. In reality, history can reveal so much when it is truly explored. It is a source of inspiration and innovation. Of course 'living' history can be a lot of fun too - Ironfest certainly is that.... Read more

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Thespian's guide to Design Thinking: how we can use acting to build empathy In this episode I'm sharing a section on empathy from the Innovation Leadership program I ran recently. Empathy is a slippery word, and it's one of the areas people struggle with the most when it comes to implementing Design Thinking. It's so hard to get out of our own skin and truly understand other people's situation. That's where actors have an advantage... Read more

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