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I’ve written before about design thinking as an evidence-based process. Now comes a new post by Tim Brown of IDEO with links to downloadable books and resources from OpenIDEO. These resources demonstrate the IDEO method of design thinking. The method integrates ideas generated through a wide variety of networks, created through disciplined collaboration, allowing concepts to emerge and leading to actionable outcomes.
If you’re looking for ways of engaging emergence, I recommend discovering these free resources.
To challenge your thinking about emergence, read Tim Brown’s ideas and questions about “emergent characteristics” of successful regions that generate “relevant innovations”.
Here are some of the sites where I find useful information and resources for working with organizations, learning, critical thinking, and life:
Marshall Goldsmith Library
Find articles on Peer Coaching and Leadership. There are also videos and podcasts.
Find downloadable tools, articles, and audio video items dealing with organizations and personal development.
Find resources on thinking, articles on design and critical thinking, decisions by design, and videos on everything from organizational transformation to customer service.
In addition to this summary, I would point to the Blogs of Interest and Articles of Interest linked on the left sidebar of our blog.
What are the web resources that you find useful for working with your organization? I encourage you to comment and share the links with all of our readers!
Is your first response, “We can’t afford to subscribe to the Harvard Business Review…”? I will agree it can be pricey, especially if you subscribe to both print and on-line. But the on-line site offers some free, useful resources, including magazine resources that are available to non-subscribers. I include a summary here:
The HBR Blog Network includes the ability to search by subjects such as Imaging the Future of Leadership or by blog author. Here are some of my favorite HBR bloggers:
Marshall Goldsmith on Leadership, Managing people, Coaching
Rosabeth Moss Kanter on Innovation, CSR, Leadership
Roger Martin on Strategy, Leadership, Innovation and Critical Thinking
Some recent blog posts of interest:
12 Things Good Bosses Believe
The 15 Minutes that Could Save 5 Years
How to Translate Training into Results
If you’re interested in hearing what some of the influential leaders, researchers, and educators are saying about organizations, you’ll want to check out these links.
There are many free resources on the web, but not all are created equal. The Leader to Leader Institute, which was founded as Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, is one that contributes a variety of useful and inspiring resources. I’ll point to a few:
Their on-line journal has many free articles: Leader to Leader Journal.
Another useful resource is the Thought Leader Gateway, which includes an ability to search for articles, interviews, and videos by author. For example, this link will send you to a short biography of Peter Drucker and list Drucker resources available from the Institute.
Or if you’re interested in innovation and organizational practices, check out their Innovation in Practice section. And, there is a video library of dialogues with leaders.
Finally, they are challenging organizations to ask and answer five essential questions: What is our mission? Who is our customer? What do the customers value? What are our results? and What is our plan? Can you answer those questions for your organization? Could you tell me the answer in 3 minutes or less?