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Evolving Design Thinking for Equitability

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Evolving Design Thinking for Equitability

The great success of design thinking has been to instil, in corporate innovation teams and entrepreneurial start-ups alike, the need to consider the triumvirate of Desirability, Feasibility and Viability. But an additional focus on Equitability will be essential to succeeding in the operating environment of the future.

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Creativity, Invention and Innovation

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Creativity, Invention and Innovation

If you can generate new ideas you are creative // If you can develop these ideas into new products, services or experiences you are inventive // If from these inventions you can create value for customers, stakeholders, society and for your organisation you are innovative

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Joining 2nd Road part of Accenture Strategy

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I'm delighted to be joining the team at 2nd Road, a leading strategic innovation consultancy helping organisations design and deliver new futures, and now part of Accenture Strategy. 2nd Road draws on 25 years of experience providing consulting services in the areas of strategy, innovation, and organisational systems across multiple industries and sectors. The publication of monthly insights on this website will necessarily be placed on hold for the time being.  

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What's on your Innovation Radar?

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It's often said that for any organisation to pursue a truly meaningful innovation agenda, senior executive support, providing air cover for the troops on the ground, is an absolute pre-requisite. Last year, leading academics and consultants in the field of innovation strategy and capability undertook design research into how the Chairs and CEO's of some twenty leading Australian corporations view innovation. Going well beyond the usual survey, they held wide ranging, semi-structured conversations - employing scenarios, examples and stories - to discover the culture and behaviours that are driving results. As well as synthesising their findings, the authors also made note of what wasn't said, the capabilities and approaches that weren't...

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Leading for Creativity and Innovation

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There's general consensus that today’s business environment is more volatile and unpredictable than ever. Disruption of products, services, channels, policies, talent, brands and supply chains is increasing as nimble start ups attack the component parts within the value chain of established incumbents across all industries. Organisations require a robust capacity to innovate in order to survive, and this requires that they have both creative leaders and a creative culture. The leadership challenge, well articulated by Tim Brown, CEO of renowned design strategy firm IDEO, is that most of today’s leaders achieved their position through having the right answer, whereas in our increasingly complex and interconnected world, it's nigh on impossible...

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