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“It’s much better to be a learn-it-all than a know-it-all” Steve Vamos

“I think design thinking and agile which are big trends in business today are a reflection of the fact that if you are building anything without customer feedback today you are deluded”

“Mistakes are learning. You cannot innovate, create and progress without mistakes”

HT to my friend Pauline Lucas for sharing this with me.

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Design Research Strategy

Resource list

Strategy

Collaboration

Reflecting on work

  • https://www.manager-tools.com An incredibly rich source of career and management advice vitamins. The podcast series on how to write your resume is both instructive and hilarious.
  • https://www.bobsutton.net/articles Bob Sutton is the Professor of Management Science at the Stanford Engineering School and author of The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss Bad Boss. His writing on organisations is evidence-based so the next time some fad comes your way, check-in with Bob’s articles and blog.

Research

Design practice

Remote research

Technology opinion

Human directory

  • https://alltop.com/ Directories crafted and curated by actual humans used to be a big thing, and was a reason why Yahoo! was a thing before Google. While they may seem anachronistic compared to search they can uncover gold hard to find in your personalised search echo chamber.

For design and product inspiration and curiosities

Tools

Do you have a trusty go-to resource? Let me know what it is in the comments.

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Strategy

“Slowing down the growth”

“The faster a business grows the faster it dies also … We decided to put ourselves on a growth program … so all decisions from then on were made as if we were going to be here a hundred years from now. Slowing down the growth, saying no to a lot of opportunities and just being more responsible.” —  How I Built This – Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard

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Strategy The Work Experience

Breakthrough strategies

Breakthrough strategies… They rarely come from the typical strategic planning effort. Nor do they typically result from the common practice of generating and evaluating strategic options. And they certainly aren’t inspired in a traditional board offsite, executive retreat, or brainstorming session. Instead, they start with individuals working on big, specific challenges who find novel ideas in unexpected places, creatively combine them into innovative strategies, and personally take those strategies to fruition—against all odds.

This resonated with me. Read the whole article here: https://www.strategy-business.com/blog/The-Truth-about-Breakthrough-Strategies?gko=bb14d

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Strategy The Work Experience

Nine ways organisations kill great ideas

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Strategy

Culture eats strategy for lunch

Culture, like brand, is misunderstood and often discounted as a touchy-feely component of business that belongs to HR. It’s not intangible or fluffy, it’s not a vibe or the office décor. It’s one of the most important drivers that has to be set or adjusted to push long-term, sustainable success. It’s not good enough just to have an amazing product and a healthy bank balance. Long-term success is dependent on a culture that is nurtured and alive. Culture is the environment in which your strategy and your brand thrives or dies a slow death. Think about it like a nurturing habitat for success. Culture cannot be manufactured. It has to be genuinely nurtured by everyone from the CEO down. Ignoring the health of your culture is like letting aquarium water get dirty.

Read the whole article over at http://www.fastcompany.com/1810674/culture-eats-strategy-for-lunch

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