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Episode 91: The Skills You Need To Be a Design Thinker with Dr. Dani Chesson

Dr. Dani Chesson is a thought leader in design thinking. Through her research she identified six core capabilities that design thinkers possess. In this episode, she walks us through those six core capabilities and helps us understand how to be better at coming up with creative solutions to problems.

What You’ll Learn

  • The six core capabilities of design thinkers
  • Why visual expression helps creative problem solving
  • The importance of separating out the ideation and evaluation of ideas
  • How one company saved millions on a benefit program by using design thinking.

About Dr. Dani Chesson

Designer turned change manager, turned strategy consultant,Dr. Dani Chesson Dr. Dani Chesson is the creator of Chesson’s Design Thinker Profile, an assessment that measures design thinking capabilities in individuals and teams. As a Design Thinker Coach, Dani helps her clients discover untapped opportunities and put them into action so they can reach their full potential.

Design thinking has been the center of Dani’s career and research interest. Throughout her career, Dani has leveraged her training as a graphic designer to help organizations create new products and services, adopt emerging technologies, and successfully implement large-scale change. A former Vice President at Bank of America, Dani has over a decade of experience leading global teams through large-scale innovation and change projects. She has also held leadership and consulting roles at Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting, Sherpa, LLC, and HSBC.

Dani holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with a focus in graphic design. She holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Organization Development from Queens University of Charlotte where her research focused on how designers approach problem solving. Dani earned a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Change from Antioch University where her research involved developing an assessment for measuring the capabilities of Design Thinkers.

You can learn more about Dani’s work at http://www.designthinkerprofile.com and, she can be contacted via email at dani@chessonconsulting.com  


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