Using design thinking to build your dream team

 We are living in a time when technology is progressing exponentially every moment pertaining to a snowball effect. The market is a dynamic and competitive space, which is evolving constantly. One time market leaders are falling by the wayside if they are slow to adapt and improvise to the changes.

With the changing landscape, the skill gap is getting wider and wider because of the oblivious attitudes on the part of the youth as well as corporate professionals. Many at times the true potential of the trainee goes unnoticed since the manager is not equipped with the required skill-set, which thwarts the growth of the company as a whole. Research has crunched numbers about how 58% of people face career stagnation and think about changing the career of their trajectory completely.

Why? Objective nature of the company policies and cubicle-culture where the employees are alienated from each other and diminished productivity.

 The situation has worsened ever since the introduction of disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Corporate firms are in a dire need of innovative and pragmatic professionals, which can keep up with the demands of upskilling. A scientific temperament is a skill that has the power to turn a discourse upside down.


One organic way to achieve this is a conglomeration of our corporate culture with efficient tools like Design Thinking, Innovation and Creativity thus rendering the young professionals highly agile to combat any challenges their work demands. A multidisciplinary approach must be preached where all ideas from various sub-sectors are in harmonic symbiosis with each other.

The youth must be trained for what is to come, a sustainable and innovative thought process must be cultivated to keep up with the rising resource consumption in our economy. We need to ingrain in them a sense of social responsibility at the very granular level, thus feeding their curious impulse. This process needs to be nurtured early on since childhood, small steps to make a change and build curiosity in the kid.

This temperament must be incentivized as the kid grows up, so it gets deeply ingrained within them. This is a revolutionary initiative has the potential to change the modus operandi of the education system itself, which ultimately organically manufactures agile employees and employer which can nurture an environment of curiosity, learning, helping and innovating. 

 Darwin explained the concept of “ Survival of the fittest” One suitable example would be the Cell phone market; an established market with Nokia and BlackBerry phones occupying the center stage. Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2017, where, 50% of all smartphone market space was captured by Nokia. However, Apple sales skyrocketed from 1.4 million iPhones in its first year to 11.6 million in 2008 itself, while Nokia and Blackberry eventually shut down.

 It is of utmost importance to hire the right person for the job.  This is where the role of HR comes in. Organizations would have to ensure that their interviewing techniques and whetting processes ensure that their employees are inherently curious, innovative in their thinking and agile by nature. Human resources is going to be the deciding factor in which an organization comes out on top, not the money you invest.

Let's not forget that Ironman was built in a cave. You need a Stark to build an Iron Man and not sophisticated labs. The focus has to be on keeping their workforce curiosity engaged and scientific temperament to keep up with the pace of the market or else they also risk fading away. So, go ahead and invest in developing a state of the art tinkering lab for your employees with experts to guide them through the process of innovation.

Author- Ms Nupur Jain, Founder and CEO of ASE Club and Dr Ashish Jain,Diabetologist and subject matter expert at ASE Club.



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