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Leading Change Through Design

Winter & Spring

Remote

Experiential Learning

December 6 - December 11 | 2020
Application Deadline: November 16, 2020

$2850.00

March 21 - March 26 | 2021

$2850.00
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Course Overview

Design thinking offers the potential to create an agile, human-centered approach to the continuous change that most of us now face in our organizations. But leading change through design thinking depends on having the right set of methods and frameworks to help guide you along the way. This course will introduce you to those design methods and frameworks, including how to lead a discovery process to better empathize with those who will be impacted by a change, how to lead idea generation to avoid narrowly-framed solutions, and how to implement change through a test to learn approach that allows for iteration and feedback. As a participant in this course, you'll walk away with new tools and methods to more effectively lead change in environments requiring agility.

Day 1 | Kick-off 3 - 5 pm CST

Day 2 - 6 | Class sessions 3 - 5 pm CST

This course will begin with a two hour kick-off and then will meet from 3:00 - 5:00 pm CST days two through six.

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  • Who Should Attend
    • Experienced practitioners in for-profit and non-profit industries who wish to develop their ability to apply design methods in organizational change.
  • What Questions Will We Answer
    • What are the fundamental elements of human centered design process and practice?
    • How do we apply design practices to lead organizational change efforts? How is this different than applying design practices to create products or services?
    • What are the challenges in adapting design practices for organizational change? How do I get my organization to embrace this approach? How might we use design methods to approach that change?
  • Benefits and Outcomes
    • Practice the elements of human centered design in a simulation.
    • Develop a playbook to apply design methods in your own organization.
    • Identify and plan for the changes required to adapt design methods in your organization.
Ryan Smerek

Instructor

Ryan Smerek

Ryan E. Smerek, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Academic Affairs in the Master's of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University. He is the author of Organizational Learning and Performance: The Science and Practice of Building a Learning Culture (Oxford University Press) and a thought leader in organizational learning and performance, innovation and decision-making with a background in academia and culture and leadership consulting.

Maggie Lewis

Instructor

Maggie Lewis

Maggie Lewis is a member of the leadership team at Palantir.net , a digital consultancy, and a graduate of the MS Learning & Organizational Program at Northwestern University. Combining theory and practice, Maggie employs principles of design thinking, learning and strategic change to increase organizational effectiveness.