Design Thinking Immersion

Simon; Ahakuelo



Speakers:  R. Scott Simon; Anisah Ahakuelo

Date:  February 25, 2015     Time:  9:00am - 4:00pm     Location:  HEC's Kahili Room



Design Thinking is a human-centered, collaborative problem solving technique developed in Silicon Valley and championed by the Stanford and design firm IDEO.  Recently featured in Hawaii Business Magazine, a growing number of Hawaii organizations have embraced Design Thinking to unleash “out-of-the-box” thinking with a team-based approach.


At this one-day activity-based workshop, you’ll learn how the Design Thinking framework can help your team ramp up creativity and more effectively solve challenges facing for-profit, non-profit, government and educational organizations.  You’ll practice the entire Design Thinking process – Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test – to gain a fuller understanding of problems or user needs, followed by rapid creation and iteration.  The results are outcomes that are delightful and life-improving for the stakeholders served.


Key takeaways include:


  • Having empathy for others is essential;
  • A bias toward action over talk achieves progress faster; and
  • Embracing fast failure provides opportunities to learn.


This workshop is ideal for managers – from the c-suite/owners to front-line supervisors – and individual contributors who appreciate innovation.


Come as a team or come alone, and learn what the Design Thinking movement is all about!


About Our Speakers


R. Scott Simon, Simon Leadership Group, Executive Coach and Business Change Consultant.  Scott is a certified executive coach and business change consultant who guides emerging leaders and work teams to next-level performance.  He helped internally lead Design Thinking (DT) adoption at one of Hawaii’s largest companies, then began conducting DT training independently.  Scott was an invited presenter on corporate DT applications at the 2014 Strategic Execution Conference hosted by Stanford University’s Advanced Project Management Program.  Coaching and consulting clients appreciate Scott’s practical, stakeholder-focused approach to facilitating individual and organizational improvement.  A graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Engineering, Scott also serves as board president of Hawaii Literacy and coaches athletics.


Assisting with DT training facilitation will be Anisah Ahakuelo, Account Supervisor of iQ 360 in Honolulu.  Anisah has an extensive background in developing and facilitating training programs.  She regularly designs and facilitates customized training programs for clients needing to change staff behavior.  Prior to joining iQ 360, Anisah was director of training at The Royal Hawaiian, where she led award-winning strategic branding and employee- engagement programs. Anisah is a graduate of the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business where she majored in marketing.






Member Price: $125.00
Neighbor Island Member Price: $65.00
Non-Member Price: $240.00

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