Join Us For Ideation Extravaganza:
Designing Irresistible Employee Experiences
Thursday, November 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Let’s brainstorm.” Do those words give you the heebie-jeebies? “Let’s ideate” has a much better ring to it -- and its part of the growing movement to use Design Thinking to create irresistible employee experiences that make your bottom line sore and your employee engagement numbers sing.
Design Thinking is a process that walks us through 5 important steps -- empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test -- to uncover new insights and help us create human centered programs, processes, services, and experiences. The kind that win awards and that employees write home (or tweet) about!
Join this three-hour workshop to network with a growing community of Austin HR professionals who are using Design Thinking to create employee experiences that make a difference for their employees and their business. This workshop focuses on the Ideation step and is part of a series of workshops that covers the entire Design Thinking process. You do not need to have any experience with Design Thinking to benefit -- and you’ll probably find that you already practice some Design Thinking without even knowing it. You’ll walk away from this workshop with an understanding of the process and new tools you can use in the ideation step with your team and stakeholders.
the formation of ideas or concepts.
Ideation is what we do after we recognize that we have a problem. Sometimes we skip a few key steps in coming up with the best solution though, or we fall back on old solutions that might have worked (or, never actually worked!) in the past. We often rely on brainstorming to come up with new ideas, but brainstorming has a bad rap because we succumb to a lot of bad brainstorming habits like groupthink, falling back on status quo, and loud extroverts who always know the answer to everything.
If that sounds familiar and mildly unpleasant (or moderately unpleasant, or downright hellish), then you’ll be happy to know there is another way! There are a variety of tools beyond just brainstorming that you can employ and teach your teams that will lead to bigger, better, effective ideas and more creative solutions to just about any problem.
What to Expect at the Ideation Extravaganza:
We’ll open with a brief overview of the Design Thinking process before buckling down and ideating. The extravaganza is an opportunity to network and to practice using Design Thinking in your day-to-day world by collaborating and sharing with each other.
The Opener: Getting Ready for Great Ideation
Design Thinking Overview
Use Empathy to Understand your Humans (a.k.a Employees)
Dream Ideation Teams: Diverse and Empowered
The Main Act: Ideate, Ideate, Ideate
Learn and practice a variety of different tools and methods to ideate
The Encore: Take it Back to Work
Walk away with new tools and templates to use in your own ideation practice and in supporting your business partners
What to Bring:
Yourself and your insights - and thoughts about a project or program you’re currently tackling.
Who you’ll Learn From
Dorothy Mankey of Coreisma Consulting helps clients bring heart to business. Dorothy works with individuals and businesses to develop entrepreneurs, leaders, teams, and culture; helping your company improve overall effectiveness in your quest towards a world-class employee experience.
Erin Ryan Mazcko is a communications pro with a background in HR who thinks the path to more meaningful and successful business is to make work more human.
If networking leaves you in a cold sweat, fear not! This workshop is designed to help you learn and foster connections with your peers through an immersive, interactive, and fun agenda. Bring your business cards! (Or you know, your LinkedIn app.)
Thinkery is Austin’s home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.
Questions? Reach out!
We are here to make this day the best day of professional learning you join in all of 2018! Please reach out to Dorothy Mankey at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like additional details about the event.