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Class Introduction

Lesson 1 from: Design​ ​Thinking​ ​for​ ​Strengths-Based​ ​Leadership​

John K. Coyle

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1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

We talked about the Design Thinking process, which is both a process and a mindset, and how that can lead you to getting unstuck. We're gonna circle all the way back to that in this final module. We talked about innovation kryptonite and how unintended leadership behaviors lead to unintended consequences, that can be very, very significant and negative. We talked about why resiliency is essential when it comes to being an innovation leader because transitioning change into a system will cause the antibodies to come out of that system and beat you down if you are not resilient and ready to stand back up. And then finally, we talked about this drama triangle construct. The way that some types of conflict recur again and again and again, and that there's roles involved with those. And if you can invert those roles and move into an innovation frame, you can finally solve these old recurring problems and actually come up with a solution that is meaningful and positive. Finally we're gonna c...

ome back to what we started with, was the Design Thinking, and very specifically, today, or this module, we're gonna talk about how to use Design Thinking to design a life, a team, a career, an enterprise, a business for its strengths and design around weaknesses rather than fix them. But to do that I've gotta tell some stories. A number of years ago I was a cyclist, a bike racer, and I was actually having a stellar season as an 18-year-old kid. I had won 11 races in a row, all over the eastern seaboard. And then I went to one of the biggest races of the year, the National Open in Colorado Springs, where there's an 11-day stage race. And I got in the saddle with 103 other riders the first day, and we began to go up a mountain, Old Stage Road, and it was a 15% grade. I'd never actually raced in the mountains before but hey, I'd just won 11 races in a row so this is gonna go well, right? Until I got dropped about 10 minutes later. And I finished an hour behind the peloton. The next day, another climb, finished an hour behind the peloton. Third day, an hour behind the pel-- and I don't know what's going on. So I think I'm sick, I think I'm broken, I think something's wrong, I think there's something wrong with the air in my lungs, something, something, something. The next day there was a circuit race that was flat in Vail. I got 2nd. That evening there was an uphill timed trail for six kilometers, not very long, from Vail to the top of the mountain. And out of a 103 starters I got 103rd. And I didn't know what was happening. And it was so obvious. Somebody finally actually clapped me on the shoulders, one of the other racers, his name was George, I still remember it. And he claps me on the shoulder after the timed run and is like, "Dude, you just can't go up." And that's exactly it. I can't go up. I don't have an aerobic motor but I didn't see it all those years. I couldn't identify the problem right in front of me. I couldn't see a weakness that I had right in front of me. So this is what we're gonna talk about today is, How do you identify your strengths and weaknesses? How do you define what they are? And ultimately, how to use Design Thinking to design a life, a team, and a career, and a business for those things.

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Daniel Viscovich

This class was fantastic. I appreciate John's insights and his discussion of design thinking, a process that now that I have learned it, makes so much sense! This has been an amazing course that will impact my decisions in life and work for the rest of my career. Thank you John!

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