Design-Doing + Team-Building Creates a Culture That Values Agility and Innovation

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The best teams include players who contribute their unique talents in collaboration with others. At Future State, we think of our team members as more than just role players—each of us brings our own ideas and expertise to a project or workplace, and with our colleagues create something better—and sooner—than what we would’ve done on our own. That makes finding the right people for your team even more critical.

Read on to hear how the team at Future State thrives amid a culture that values agility and innovation—and teammates who strive toward that every day.

Here’s to creating a dream team,

From your friends at Future State 

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How does design-doing differ from design thinking? How does Future State adapt in a constantly changing environment? Are there other influences that shaped the design-doing process?

Leila Lance, Chief Solutions Officer at Future State, shares how the design-doing approach shapes our work—adapting to clients’ needs, incorporating their feedback, and finding the best way for them to shine.

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In this Onward Nation podcast episode, CEO Shannon Adkins joins host Stephen Woessner for an inspiring conversation about effective team-building, how honoring the whole person at work leads to an array of valuable benefits—plus the power of intention and a few good reasons

to sometimes believe in magic.

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What We’re Reading + Watching:

+ From Mule: Businesses have embraced the idea that meaningful innovation requires understanding their customers as humans with complex lives. These nine “rules of design research” outline how creation, criticism, and inquiry can shape the design process.

+ From Harvard Business Review: Top marketing executives and business leaders in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area say being a “good corporate citizen” has become as important as having great products and services. And purpose goes beyond corporate social responsibility: “It must be woven into a company’s operational fabric.”

+ From Mule: This 10-part code of ethics for designers reminds us to remember our human side, take time for self-reflection and value the role of criticism.