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HABIT 5: Master Design Thinking with a Bias Toward Action

Call It Design Thinking, Design Doing,  Creative Intelligence, or Something Else, the Process is Consistently Similar

Let’s call it ‘Design & Build Thinking,’ because that way we highlight the reality that a core part of this habit is a bias toward action.   That bias toward action involves such things as creating a prototype, testing it, trying it out,  iterating, getting feedback, and then trying again.

The Process – in a Nutshell

Step 1:  Deep Dive into Empathy:  The critical first step is the deep dive into understanding the real needs, desires, and lives … of those you’re innovating for.

Step 2: Reframe the Problem:  Your understanding of the problem will have changed after Step 1.  Now reframe it – in a far more creative way.

Step 3:  Ideate:  Let the ideas flow, engage in structured debate, get the best out of your collaboration process, and generate new options and solutions.

Step 4:  Prototype, Test, Build, Experiment:  This is the bias toward action.  It’s also backed up by the science.  It’s a part of the process that takes advantage of multiple parts of the brain.

Step 5:  Iterate, Revise, Redo, Improve:  And keep repeating Step 4 and this Step 5 until you succeed.

Check Out these Resources:

For an in-depth review of Design Thinking, a great place to start is Tim Brown’s Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation.

For a quick overview of the steps in Design Thinking, see the 4-step version titled ‘Design-Driven Innovation‘ in Creative Confidence, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley.

Or for a helpful summary of the 5-step version, similar to the one above, see Bernard Roth’s ‘A Note About Design Thinking,’ in The Achievement Habit, Chapter 1.