Many companies can teach you theories of innovation. We teach you how to do it well by experiencing it.
Innovation takes more than creativity and post it notes. It takes new mindsets that need practice.
Wondering if your people embody the mindsets to innovate?
Innovative workplaces look like this, whether you are in public or private sector.
"DSIL coached our team and fueled a self-aware, critical thinking, innovation engine."
-Team Leader, Sales Force
What We Do.
All of our work starts with building humans, with systems change in sight.
Innovation Capability Building
We work with organizations ready to learn things well.
Our experiential training is all about hands=on learning that ensures teams have the practice necessary to use the mindsets, process, and skills needed to innovate often. Customized training paths use the real challenges present in the workplace today. From Design Thinking to LEAN methods to Liberating Structures© we will find 1 or more innovation process that will drive the goals of the company. Bonus: our facilitators are also coaches so each learner can see where they are getting stuck and why! Fun fact* this increases emotional intelligence too!
Systems Change Strategy
Innovation is more than ideas or post-it notes. Ideas must turn into tested solutions and tested solutions still must thoughtfully embed into the current system it plans to operate in- as easily as possible. Our team develops systems thinking strategy to ensure we keep in mind the realities of the current system, culture, competitors, and resources that are available in companies and communities. Let's not waste more time creating hollow innovation just for the fun of it.
Whether there is a need for groundbreaking or incremental innovation, the DSIL lead designers are equally versed facilitators. We work alongside teams so that capability is built along the way to creating meaningful innovations. Kill two birds.....and next round you won't need another innovation consultant.
From 5 days, 6 months, or one-year projects -all lead us to the goals that will strengthen teams long-term with exciting short term results too.
For organizations ready to deepen their understanding of the complex challenges they face. The innovation process of HCD creates the space to see challenges from many different lenses and from there create solutions that don't have gaps. We build capacity along the way with your teams and others who experience the challenge. HCD uncovers powerful insights which lead to more resilient solutions, money saved, and less time wasted.
Designing for Accessibility
Agile Development in Cambodia dedicates their work innovating on how to make the current transportation in the city of Phnom Penh more accessible for people who use wheelchairs. From creating new Tuk Tuk's to building sidewalks that are for wheelchairs only- the scope for solutions is large and will have to work on a systems level for any of it to work. Context, politics and resources matter to making any innovation sustainable. DSIL brought together minds from around the world to join design tables where we stretched our thinking while teaching human-centered design with the wheelchair community from a systems view. Want to join the designing? Get in touch!
Why Build Our Innovation Capability?
The world will continue to evolve, connect, and merge together with technology and borders. The ability in people to navigate these changing conditions is what separates organizations who live from those who will die.
Forget the Pecking Order at Work.
Talks from the greats
Organizations are often run according to "the super chicken model," where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn't what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: "Companies don't have ideas. Only people do."
Innovation is Everyone's Job
5 minute reads
There is no shortage of research on why training in innovation for all levels of organizations is important, especially when you continue to build the mindsets of people rather than engage in empty innovation. Click the Forbes magazine to read Ron Ashkenas article on bringing every department into innovation training and why. Ron writes about simplifying organizations in a complex world.
The Power of C0-Creation
For book lovers diving in!
Nike achieved remarkable success with its Nike+ co-creation initiative, which enables a community of over a million runners to interact with one another and the company. Co-creation involves redefining the way organizations engage individuals—customers, employees, suppliers, partners, and other stakeholders—bringing them into the process of value creation and engaging them in enriched experiences, This book is a deep dive of research on this stuff works so well!
Good News: Leadership is still the secret sauce to innovation.
Better news: If you master personal innovation, you can master any other kind.
Best news: Learning mindsets far outlive hard skills; things that will be outdated as soon as technology updates, again.
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