Design Thinking For CEOs

What do I mean by Design Thinking for CEOs? Let's break that down. What is Design Thinking? According to Wikipedia: Design thinking is a method for the practical, creative resolution of problems using the strategies designers use during the process of designing. Design thinking has also been developed as an approach to resolve issues outside of professional design practice, such as in business and social contexts. The reason I add the CEO qualifier as in Design Thinking for CEOs is many people who run businesses believe Design Thinking is for Software Developers or Product Managers or Interior Decorators and not for them. Design Thinking for CEOs or anyone is a way of thinking. It's constantly asking, "Why am I doing it this way?" It's constantly asking, "Is there a better way?" Everyone benefits from design thinking. Look at something as simple as a water fountain. Water fountains have changed very little in the last 100 years. Yet culture and habits have changed. Due to the emerging emphasis on health (drinking more water) and the environment protection have changed human habits so that many of us walk around with water bottles. In fact, some of us don't walk around with water bottles because 3 years ago...

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Should I Become A Collaborative Leader or should I be an authoritarian? Should I seek outside advice, join a peer advisory group or hire an executive coach? And if so, why? Simple… it’s the difference between authoritarian hierarchical failure or collaborative success. An Eastern Airlines L1011 crashes into the everglades while approaching Miami Airport. A United Airlines DC8 runs out of fuel 6 miles prior to landing at Portland Or. A Chinese Airline approaching San Francisco banks hard...