Our latest thoughts on innovation, design, and transformation.
Control the Room Podcast: Douglas Ferguson speaks with Darren Chait about his experience building productivity software for teams. We discuss the link between bad meetings and bad cultures, how productivity software has changed in the past 5 years, and his unconventional point of view on the return to work post covid. Listen in to learn about ‘killing meeting sacred cows’, communication bandwidths, and empowering people to work when they’re most productive.
Leading a design thinking workshop is an effective way to start scaling your company. Embrace growth in the workplace by applying design methodology to your daily practices.
Control the Room Podcast: Douglas Ferguson speaks with Terrence Metz about his extensive experience as a facilitation practitioner, author, and trainer. We explore concepts like rhetorical precision, consciousness, and competence. We then discuss the distinction between enterprise vs. community facilitation, consensus vs. unanimity, and stories vs. metaphors. Listen in to learn questions every facilitator needs to know.
We helped international teams rapidly prototype via nine fully remote Design Sprints at the height of the pandemic.
Control the Room Podcast: Douglas Ferguson speaks with Anna Jackson about her experience helping groups work together on what matters most to them, often facilitating collaborative learning experiences, and as a partner for people who want to learn Liberating Structures. We explore why it’s ok to be fallow at times and methods for understanding the needs of clients. We then discuss the differences in group work and individual work. Listen in to learn about the mechanisms of systems thinking, transitional facilitation, and learning partnerships.
Don't wait to be in person to run a Design Sprint. Here are 5 tips to adapt the workshop to the virtual landscape & solve big challenges (quickly!): 1. Move slower 2. Tweak the schedule 3. Set the stage and debrief 4. Pick the right tech 5. Engage a professional facilitator
Bring Your Ideas to Life
Innovation can seem complex or reserved for the exceptional. But we believe innovation is for everyone. We’ve set out to illuminate a path for you to generate bold ideas, visualize and share them, overcome obstacles, and turn them into reality. Our books are equal parts guidebook and stories from years of experience helping companies adopt an innovation mindset and culture. They’re practical & actionable, so you can get started now. We hope they’ll help you on your journey to realizing your biggest, boldest ideas.