Tag: Innovation Skill-Building

04
Dec

Future of Work Scenarios Clarity

Defuzzing Organizational Agility

We do a lot of future oriented skill-building work and we are delighted to be part of the Future Work Skills Academy.

We found the recently published report by World Economic Forum entitled “Eight Futures of Work” as well as the previous report entitled “The Future of Jobs Report 2018” to be very insightful and useful documents.

As methodology oriented sensemakers we did spot a key terminology fuzziness that appears in both reports.

From our Humantific perspective the most important sentence in the “Eight Futures of Work” document is this one: “…people are continuously challenged to react and adapt to large-scale economic, technological and societal shocks.”

If that is indeed the challenge you are facing then let us note that the capacity requirement often being described in the World Economic Forum reports as “adaptive”and “agile” is, in real life, not equivalent to mastery of the method branded and widely marketed today as “Agile”.

Let’s be clear: Organizational Agility and “Agile” are already known to be two different things. If time is of the essence and we want to fulfill the objects outlined in these World Economic Forum reports lets not confuse one with the other.

Typically facing a vast array of constantly changing complex challenges requires adaptive and assumption-free problem solving methods.

Regardless of how it is creatively being branded, mastery of any assumption-boxed, efficiency focused method is not going to make you or your organization more adaptable.

Its not rocket science: To state it as learning objective: increasing efficiency capacity and increasing adaptability capacity remain two different things.

Acknowledging constant change both World Economic Forum reports call for massive upskilling around adaptability, changemaking and complex problem solving, not efficiency.

We like this quote below from Thomas Friedman! In times of acceleration lets be clear about what capacity we are building so we get ourselves oriented towards the future and on the right track.

Hope this is helpful Humantific readers!

 

Interested in Future Work Skills capacity building?

Send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

RELATED:

World Economic Forum: Future Work Skills 2022 Outlook

 

Header Image Credit: World Economic Forum.

 

 

07
Dec

Enabling Design Thinking

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Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter writes about one particular “fuzzy misperception wave” often appearing in Linkedin discussion groups.

“With some design thinking related discussion groups on LinkedIn now exceeding 80,000+ members, many new to the subject terrain, it is not so unusual for enthusiastic fuzzy misperception waves to build from one conversation to the next at a rapid rate. Like a fire-hose of run-away freight trains misperception waves seem to appear via social media at volumes that are no longer possible to intercept or comment on.

With everyone busy most practice leaders just let the waves flow hoping they will sort themselves out eventually. Some do. Some don’t. Some fuzzy waves are at times humorous and at other times painful to watch as they take hold and or grow.

Opposite to Donald Trump’s twitter postings, most practice leaders try to select their discussion participations and contributions carefully in consideration of limited time constraints..:-)

In this vein and considering the increasing impact of discussion groups we try to pick and choose which fuzzy misperception waves are important enough to comment on, to make more sense of and or to offer an alternate perspective on for our Humantific readers.

One such misperception wave, popular at the moment is depicting Design Thinking as a “mindset” thing.

Often seen in discussion threads is this murky phrase: “Design Thinking is a mindset not a process.”…On and on it goes being reposted many times by its advocates.”

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Read the entire post here on LinkedIn.

Related:

Humantific: Making Sense of Service Design Thinking

Humantific: Making Sense of Design Thinking & AGILE Method

Humantific: Making Sense of “Why Design Thinking Will Fail”

 

 

 

 

 

11
Aug

NextD Workshops: That’s a Wrap!

Our congratulations goes out to all attendees of this year’s NextD WorkshopONE, TWO & THREE. Participants from around the globe (6 countries in total) came together for 4 days of intensive facilitation training in New York City. It was an incredible few days for all involved, our special thanks to Humantific Strategylab leaders Elizabeth Pastor and Janet Getto for helping us turn our fuzzy problems into action!

Interested in Future Workshops?

Conducting NextD Workshops is only one of many work streams at Humantific. We are doing workshop based cross-disciplinary innovation skill-building on an ongoing basis with organizations in numerous countries. If you would like to consider bringing Humantific in to your organization to help with your innovation skill-building, innovation strategy creation, strategic thinking for leaders, feel free to let us know. Send email to: engage (at) humantific (dot) com