Thoughtful business education for designers.
Why we compete in arenas, not industries (mini d.MBA)
Competitor research is important. It helps us learn about our competitors so we can make better decisions. Decisions that lead to more value created for our customers and our organization.
However, when we think about our competitors, we are all making a fundamental logical mistake. We mistake our direct competitors with our only competitors.
How one fine-dining restaurant thrives during the COVID lockdown
In the new Business Design Jam, Alen and Franz, discuss the latest business design stories:
- how a Michelin 3-star restaurant is not only surviving but even thriving during the coronavirus lockdown,
- how Universal Studios pioneered a new way to premier movies,
- and how Airbnb forgot that it is servicing two groups of customers.
Rita Gunther McGrath - The end of competitive advantag
Rita Gunther McGrath is a world-renowned thought leader and a professor at Columbia Business School. She has received the #1 achievement award for the strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s top ten management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking.
She wrote Discovery-Driven Growth and The End of Competitive Advantage, which are widely used in the business design community.
Andy Budd - The current state of design leadership
UX Designer and CEO of Clearleft, Andy Budd curates the Leading Design and UX London conferences and helped set-up The Brighton Digital Festival. Andy is a regular speaker at international conferences like SXSW, An Event Apart and The Next Web.
In this episode, we spoke about:
- the biggest learnings from the last Leading Design conference,
- why and how designers should say no to their managers,
- and the current state of design education.
Maija Itkonen - A purpose-driven startup is changing our perception of meat
Maija Itkonen is an industrial designer, successful entrepreneur, innovator, and brand lover. In 2015 she co-founded Gold&Green Foods, the company behind the phenomenal success story of the “perfect protein food” platform and its first product Pulled Oats. Pulled Oats is a new kind of meat alternative based on the Nordic superfood oats, built around the team’s unique scientific knowledge and design thinking under Maija’s leadership.
Eric Quint @3M - The role of a Chief Design Officer in a large company
Eric Quint is Vice President, Chief Brand and Design Officer at 3M, a Fortune 500 company with over $30B in revenue and over 90.000 employees. An industrial designer by training, Eric joined 3M in 2013 to “design the design function” in the company. He grew the design team substantially, built revolutionary 3M Design Center (an incubator for Collaborative Creativity), and helped build the brand platform that catapulted 3M’s brand value among the world’s top 100 brands.
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Engaging & useful
This podcast is a must for any designer. Alen is a great host. His questions are thought provoking and always spark a lively conversations with his guests. It is one of the few podcasts that is not only interesting but strongly actionable and useful.
Very insightful & super relevant
Alen always has great conversation partners that educate in a very casual way. I love that it feels both high-level and very actionable at the same time. The recent episode of mixing strategy into design sprint has been one of my favorites so far 👌
Perfect balance of design and business discussions. Consistently interesting guests, and a smart, prepared host. Always looking forward to new episodes!