Prelude to Design Thinking

Design Thinking (DT) appears to becoming more and more relevant to all kinds of organizations. While there may be specific specialist roles needed for a new team wanting to practice DT, we also wonder how to  foster a DT orientation with a pre-existing team of ‘generalists’. Prelude can help such generalist teams become more sensitized to DT principals and processes …

Howard Esbin, PhDPrelude to Design Thinking

Appreciative Inquiry & Prelude

Appreciative Inquiry [AI] is the theory and practice of organizational transformation developed by D. Cooperrider and S. Srivastva in 1992 at Case Western University. AI focuses on what works well for people as opposed to what doesn’t. During the process, members of an organization co-create a picture of the positive future organization they imagine using images and words. Research shows …

Howard Esbin, PhDAppreciative Inquiry & Prelude

Team Mental Models & Visual Thinking

Mental models are representations of the world around us that we hold cognitively, in other words in our minds. Such models help us to explain the relationships and situations we are in, condition how we act and react, as well as help us to predict what may happen next. Every individual has a unique mental model based on her or …

Howard Esbin, PhDTeam Mental Models & Visual Thinking

The Heliotropic Effect

 Appreciative Inquiry [AI] is the theory and practice of organizational transformation developed by D. Cooperrider and S. Srivastva in 1992 at Case Western University. AI focuses on what works well for people as opposed to what doesn’t. During the process, members of an organization co-create a picture of the positive future organization they imagine using images and words. Research shows …

Howard Esbin, PhDThe Heliotropic Effect

Virtual Teams & Creativity

“Virtual teams constitute a relatively new knowledge area that has risen from two recent changes: the globalization of industry and markets, and advances in information communication technology tools. Continual technological advancement is set against a backdrop of international mergers, take-overs, and alliances, which invariably leads to more distributed collaboration, both formal and informal. The concept of creativity is often at …

Howard Esbin, PhDVirtual Teams & Creativity

The Whiteboard’s Visual Power

By Tim Riesterer, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Corporate Visions The Picture Superiority Effect says concepts are much more likely to be remembered if they are presented as pictures rather than as words. In fact, research has discovered that visuals are recalled six times better than words alone. But what kind of visual support works best? Is there a superior …

Howard Esbin, PhDThe Whiteboard’s Visual Power

Virtual Team Best Practices

All fields using virtual teaming – Corporate, Medicine, Military, etc – have developed best practices for virtual teaming and leadership. Our research has identified twenty emerging best practices in virtual team management drawn from several fields and academic studies. They are about engaging and connecting the whole person and team emotionally in an integral way at the very start of …

Howard Esbin, PhDVirtual Team Best Practices

Flow States & Creativity

By Steven Kotler “When it comes to creativity two facts are clear. First, it tops nearly every “Twenty First Century Skills” list ever made. The skills our children need to thrive in the future? According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills—a collection of 250 researchers at 60 institutions—creativity. The quality most desirable in a CEO? According to a global survey conducted by IBM of …

Howard Esbin, PhDFlow States & Creativity