Have you ever felt completely stuck trying to find a solution to a difficult problem?
Problem-solving is essential to a successful brand and business—it’s how you create results in your own business. And it’s also how you create results for your clients and customers.
At its core, problem-solving requires creative thinking and the ability to look at a situation in a variety of ways, which is why I crave new trusted perspectives and ideas, especially from outside of my industry.
So, just because “everyone” does it “this way,” doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way of doing it. For this reason, I am very big on collaboration and looking outside of my industry for inspiration and knowledge. The most creative thinking doesn’t happen by doing what everyone else is doing or thinking like everyone else in the industry.
Dr. Sabba Quidwai
Enter this week’s guest, Dr. Sabba Quidwai. If you’ve ever had a creative block, or struggled to come up with a solution to a hard problem, or just wish you were more comfortable with change, you’ll want to listen to this new episode of Beyond Influential.
Sabba is a Doctor of Education who coaches leaders working on transformation initiatives (like in education) to integrate design thinking practices that encourage creativity, build trust, and prepare individuals with the mindset and skills to thrive in a rapidly-changing world.
She is also the host of the Sprint to Success with Design Thinking podcast, where she interviews researchers and practitioners about their stories and strategies for navigating change with design thinking and thriving in today’s world. I highly recommend you check it out because she has a very thoughtful and intentional approach to storytelling.
Sabba has been particularly passionate about reinventing education to help students have the best chance of success, no matter their circumstances or background. Education may seem like a topic that’s only relevant for those who have or want children, but in reality, it has wide ranging implications for the economy, your business, and the future—and what we talk about in today’s episode applies to every industry.
On Ep. 147, we cover design thinking:
- Reinventing education: Setting students and teachers up for success in a world that is constantly changing
- How to get students to think creatively & start seeing challenges as opportunities
- Are grades outdated? Improving how we assess student learning & achievement
- Inequity in education: Biases in expectations and adapting to specific student needs and circumstances
- Design thinking: What it is, the philosophy behind it & how it can benefit your life
- My new favorite brainstorming exercise and approaching problem-solving creatively
- Personal branding: Why it’s essential for students (and everyone else) to be doing it!
- Trust-building, how to create safe spaces for growth, reframing failure & more!
If you want to learn more about design thinking and problem-solving creatively, I highly recommend Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp—Sabba recommended this book to me and not only did I enjoy it, I’ve been implementing it in my business!
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