Podcast Great minds design think alike


Great minds design think alike

What does Design Thinking actually mean?
Design, here, means designing solutions to problems (not the visual, graphic or artistic design we usually associate it with).
Thinking is having the right mindset for coming up with creative solutions.

As it turns out, the emphasis is more on doing than thinking.

Clearly, there’s some unpacking to do, and that’s what the Tenaka podcast, Great Minds Design Think Alike, is all about. In snack-sized, 30-minute chunks, Stuart McDougall, an owner of Tenaka, talks to industry minds about how it is possible to innovate, disrupt and really make lives better by adopting these principles:

– Keep the humans you are trying to help at the centre of your process –
– Think less, do more –
– Fail early and often to learn and improve –

Season 2 Episode 3 Warwick Vlantis

Design thinking principles and mindsets – going beyond the sticky note

In this episode, we chat to Warwick Vlantis from Umuzi, a digital technology focused not for profit training organization. Their passion is to ensure that the unemployed youth are skilled and ready for the workplace, and that they are connected to the possible opportunities available to them. 

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Season 2 Episode 2 Chantel Botha

Mixing magic, science and art to create better customer experiences

Chantel Botha, is the MD and founder of BrandLove, a customer experience design consultancy in Cape Town. She is passionate about customer experience and sees it as a blend of art, magic and science. We couldn’t agree more. 

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Season 2 Episode 1 James van der Westhuizen

Design thinking, innovation and the future of it all

Welcome to Season 2 of Great minds design think alike! James is from Knowhouse, and we talk about the organisational changes that need to happen for innovation to take place, with a specific look at organisational design and leadership support in relation to business strategy

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Season 1 Episode 10 Alan Pio

Design thinking for cultural change

Alan is from Curios. We discuss how prototyping has changed his business, its relevance to organisational culture and the effect it has on collaboration and innovation. He’s passionate about design thinking education, especially in entrepreneurial and school environments.

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Season 1 Episode 9 Terry Behan

Design thinking success stories, and lessons learnt

In this episode we speak to Terry Behan, an expert in the application of design thinking to solve real issues. He shares with us some interesting projects where design thinking principles and methods have allowed him to pivot, and he defines the measurement of success on design projects.

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Season 1 Episode 8 Martin Cheetham

Really understanding customers and big business

In this episode, we talk to Martin Cheetham, co-owner of Tenaka. We talk about how design thinking has been incorporated into large organisations, as well as the definition and interpretation of design thinking and how design education has changed over the years, and how this needs to change even more.

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Season 1 Episode 7 Julia Makhubela

Humans can no longer be just be seen as just resources – just seen and not heard

In this episode we talk to Julia Makhubela – a consultant, and the owner of 54twentyfour who is passionate about disrupting human resources. She uses human-centred design methodologies and mindsets to create employee experiences that are inclusive: it’s about how we can be different together.

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Season 1 Episode 6 Iain Bryant

The world needs to change, and design thinking can do that

In this episode we speak to Iain Bryant from Future by Design, discussing the importance of innovation, listening and understanding customers points of view, as well as the context of design thinking in Africa to the rest of the world, and our unique challenges.

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Season 1 Episode 5 Madelein Taljaard

How rapid prototype building and testing helps us design think software development

Madelein Taljaard, Experience Design Director for the payroll mid-market sector at Sage Global, talks about the challenges and solutions of creating globally diverse software development teams with a human-centred mindset and culture to design and develop tools based on real user data.

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Season 1 Episode 4 Herman Singh

Find the one problem everyone has, and you will create unicorns

In this episode, we speak to Herman Singh from Future Advisory about innovation, creativity through adversity and his experience of product successes and failures. He talks about how innovation thrives on adversity and how that is helping build businesses in South Africa.

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Season 1 Episode 3 Jen Sutherland

How might we convince corporate SA about the value of design thinking?

Jen is a design thinker and innovator with a background in IT and software development. In this episode we discuss how corporates miss opportunities for growth because of a reluctance to embrace the ‘non-traditional’ design thinking approach to problem solving.

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Season 1 Episode 2 Ulrich Meyer-Höllings

It always starts with who I’m designing for

Ulrich has an intense passion for design thinking and chats to us via a Zoom call for this episode. He is an experience designer at McKinsey and is the founder of Leftfield Lab. He shares his perspective on how creatives need to be more collaborative in working to solve problems, and the need to accept creatives in the strategy decision making process.

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