Why You Should Talk Less and Do More

October 30, 2013

Although memories of my early formal education have started to fade, I vividly recall two distinct types of learning experiences: brainwork and handwork. The vast majority of my time in school was spent listening to lectures, taking exams, writing essays, and so on. On rare occasions, we’d roll up o...

Read More

You Don't Have to be a Geek to Create a Successful Start-up

October 10, 2013

Fraser Doherty's simple recipe for success? Do what you love. Photo courtesy of SuperJam. Living in Silicon Valley, I’m used to being blown away by the technical genius of entrepreneurs and the sheer determination the best of them have to use technology to make the world a better place. Earlier thi...

Read More

The Secret to Redesigning Healthcare: Think Big and Small

October 2, 2013

A little empathy goes a long way in an overcrowded emergency room. You don’t have to be a medical professional to know that affordable healthcare in America is complicated business. The system is so sprawling and intractable, only the biggest and boldest of innovations will make a difference, yet o...

Read More

How I Hire: 5 Tips for Landing a Job at IDEO

September 30, 2013

When we’re doing job interviews, the phrase “good cultural fit” gets bandied about a lot—and for good reason. IDEO’s stock in trade is creativity, collaboration, and human-centered innovation. We don’t have discrete departments, rigid job titles, or corner offices. In fact, most corporate trappings...

Read More

What’s Stopping You from Being Creative?

September 19, 2013

Brett Myers (center) and his team at State Farm Next Door; A chalkboard calendar of events at Next Door's bustling Chicago café and co-working space “In our experience, everyone is the creative type.” So true. The quote comes from Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us Al...

Read More

How to Make a Business Meeting Sing

September 11, 2013

Moments after this photo was taken, the members of this meeting stood up and sang to me. Ever had a business meeting end with people spontaneously bursting into song? Before last week, neither had I. I’ve been in meetings all around the world—Glasgow, Moscow, New York, Tokyo—and they’ve all conclu...

Read More

Why Kitchens are Better Than Conference Rooms

September 3, 2013

Churning out homemade pasta for a shared meal in our Chicago studio One of the first things visitors notice when they visit IDEO is the food. It’s everywhere. Some might look at our breakfast spread piled high with bagels, cereal, granola bars, and coffee and think: typical Silicon Valley gimmick p...

Read More

The Next Big Thing in Design Is…

August 20, 2013

No longer the province of the lone practitioner, design has become a broad, collaborative process. Photo courtesy of IDEO Boston. Just 10 years ago, design was considered to be a professional priesthood. The Designer (capital “D”) would be given an assignment—create a more attractive widget, say—th...

Read More

How to Sail Through Creative Uncertainty

August 14, 2013

LAND HO!: A still from "Embrace Ambiguity," a video by the old salts of IDEO's New York office. The team wrote the script, hand-built the sets, then filmed and edited the clip themselves. Fog is always present at IDEO, and not just at our San Francisco office. It's a metaphor we use for those iffy ...

Read More

Why Simple Communication is Complex

July 30, 2013

I’m the CEO of a global company, but I don’t have an MBA. Much of what I know about business I learned from Peter Drucker. I first discovered the Austrian business theorist’s writings on innovation, entrepreneurship, and management in the late 1990s, when I was heading up IDEO’s London studio, and t...

Read More

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ...