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Learning Design Thinking + Shifting Mindsets + Facilitation with David Lemus — DT101 E130

David Lemus is an independent design strategist with engineering roots working with organizations to empower teams to be customer obsessed and have a culture of iterative learning. He has designed and facilitated dozens of design thinking workshops across Fortune 500 companies, non-profit and government organizations. David is also currently an adjunct professor at the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business and leads the Portland Design Thinking Meetup community.

Listen to Learn About

  • Team facilitation
  • Human centered-design: mindsets over methods
  • [Re]Building human connection

Our Guest

Portrait of David Lemus

David Lemus is an independent design strategist with engineering roots working with organizations to empower teams to be customer obsessed and have a culture of iterative learning. He has designed and facilitated dozens of design thinking workshops across Fortune 500 companies, non-profit and government organizations.

David was in-house at Capital One on the Design Thinking and Strategy team. That team focused on changing the way the enterprise worked by empowering all employees with the mindsets and tools of design thinking. His team scaled practitioner and senior leadership programs throughout the risk-averse organization.

Prior to Capital One, David was a senior consultant at Peer Insight, a service design and innovation firm where he led service design projects with Fortune 500 and non-profit clients. David is also currently an adjunct professor at the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business and leads the Portland Design Thinking Meetup community. David has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Show Highlights

[02:10] How David went from engineer to design strategist.
[02:59] The two experiences as an engineer that led David into design thinking.
[04:46] Experimenting to find the right career path.
[06:54] The challenges of experimentation and risk-taking in the workplace.
[09:07] Teaching human-centered design and creativity at Capital One.
[11:16] David’s focus is on mindsets, not methods, when it comes to teaching design thinking to others.
[14:08] Helping non-designers to understand and use human-centered design in their work.
[17:04] A Miro Moment.
[18:53] Breaking down silos.
[20:29] The lack of skilled facilitators for collaboration at work.
[21:20] Finding ways to make meetings productive and fun.
[22:40] Do you really need a meeting?
[24:47] Designing meetings.
[26:09] Practicing active listening during meetings.
[27:26] Cultivating the right energy in the team and creating the right environment in the room for the work you’re doing.
[27:26] Designing the right activities for your meeting in order to achieve the meeting’s goals.
[30:46] David and Dawan talk about why people’s design thinking expectations are often not met in reality.
[33:23] What David is working on now: Connection.
[38:37] Where to learn more about David’s work.

Links

David on LinkedIn
lemus&co
David’s website

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