Episode #27 - Design leadership and igniting design in your organisation
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The Innovate For Impact podcast is for leaders in the social sector who want to create a more innovative and impactful organisation.  Each episode is jam packed with tips on how you can deliver more impact, and we bring you stories from other leaders in the sector that are making a difference.

In this episode, Dan and Tracey are joined by Gerda Gemser, Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Melbourne, and the co-author of the new book Design Leadership Ignited: Elevating Design At Scale.

Gerda shares her top insights from the book that apply to this sector, on what is required for leaders to embed design methods into the way they work.

 

Here is a taste of what Tracey, Dan, and Gerda cover in the conversation:
 

  • More and more organisations are investing in design capability to help them perform better
     

  • Many organisations are investing in design capability because design brings something different. However, many organisations have problems with effectively integrating designers because they are different
     

  • The “differentness” relates to design principles/practices that are different to how some organisations traditionally run their business. E.g like co-creation and focusing on desirability
     

  • Gerda's top insights on how best to integrate design into an organisation
     

  • Strong design leadership consists of specific leadership ‘tactics’  
     

  • How some outdated organisational cultural norms can make it difficult for female leaders to adopt the 'rebel with a cause' approach 
     

Links from the episode
 
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  • The book - Design Leadership Ignited: Elevating Design At Scale: Click here
     

  • The 'Innovate for Impact Self-Assessment': Click here
     

  • Impacto Consulting on LinkedIn: Click here