Found in the Field · Innovation & Creativity · Teambuilding through Reflective Practice

How Design Kompany’s clients asking for it led us to pivot into Organizational Development

Can work be fun? Can it be engaging?

Yes, and yes. And there are ways to design an organization so that this happens.

Studying up. Bit by bit, in the new directions.

Making work fun to be at. Engaging people, through the tools that work that DK had developed in Seattle. Working with more than 100 small to medium-sized businesses, to help them articulate ‘why do I do what I do, and for who?’, I’ve learned how to help people clarify a vision. This is how people choose to join your company: they align with it. If goals of the leadership are ultra-clear, the match between new hires and their goals also getting met is better. Leadership is about helping people achieve their goals, after all.



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Let me share a link to something I found that I think is useful. ‘Why Organizational Development Matters’ According to this site, ‘Focusing on the people within an organization is an effective way to increase competitiveness. Creating great places to work is important for improving competitiveness in all industries, but it’s particularly important in industries that require people to be creative, innovative, solve problems, manage complexity or otherwise perform more complex mental tasks. In these industries, being a great organization to work for really is a significant competitive advantage.

‘Organizational Development is one of the few fields of work in which it is really possible to create great outcomes for both individuals and organizations. 

‘To create lasting change, organizations need to ensure that the benefits of organizational development programs are shared with employees, not simply captured as cost savings for the organization.’




Found in the Field · Mirror

Mirror | ‘Clean Breaks’

Thanks for this, Jen Hinkkala. You made it very clear and easy to understand and gave words to feelings I have had for a long time. I will share this with the friends who mean well when they say the things that you tell us society paints as a picture.


Well done, writing it. And bravo.


Not all mothers are nice

Adding to this, something I found on the reddit community blog for estranged adult children is this:


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Same. I come from a very sexist family, but basically the assumption is that my main worth comes from my looks, so any weight gain is a big no no. Basically the only thing they ever talk to me passionately about is weight loss’.

‘I remember my mother telling me in high school that my legs were starting to look like sausage casings. Not that it matters, but I was the #1 spot on our varsity tennis team and my legs absolutely did not look like sausage casings… Although, it’s disgusting to even validate that with a reply.

‘Anyway, I never knew how messed up some of this stuff was until I went to college and then met my husband, who was just like “jesus christ, that is so inappropriate.”

This is why some of us choose to make clean breaks, which was the topic of a set of writing prompts for reflection in the sometimes-when-I-feel-like-hosting eWorkshop, The Mirror. 


A Philosophy of the Moment · Found in the Field · Ideas of Curiosity

Optimistic Nihilism

I found this on Open Culture, which said: ‘… in the existentialist view, the real fear is not that we may have too little freedom, but that we may have too much—indeed that we may have the ultimate freedom, that of conscious beings who appeared in the universe unbidden and by chance, and who can only determine for themselves what form and direction their being might take.’


Does it matter that nothing matters? Optimistic Nihilism says no, but that’s okay

And, quoting the philosopher whose idea of Optimistic Nihilism are described in the video above,  ”“If our life is the only thing we get to experience, then it’s the only thing that matters. If the universe has no principles, then the only principles relevant are the ones we decide on. If the universe has no purpose, then we get to dictate what its purpose is.”’

Read the full text of that story on meaninglessness in existence, here

Ideas of Curiosity · Innovation & Creativity

After Information, there is Imagination: What forward-thinking leaders already know about the role of design

I have been meeting up with business leaders in Cambodia to talk about the way things are shaping up, as we move out of the mode of ‘hunkering down’ that has been normal for these last three years. I want to talk in this post about the conclusions that I am arriving at, based on what people have been sharing with me. I guess it’s less of a ‘report’ than an essay on what feels like it’s important to convey.



Stay viable by continuing to innovate and I mean really, not just talking about it

It’s a practice, all of it, but sometimes it’s more than that. It’s designing the next thing by being very clear about where it is you want to go. Mindsets shifting are a common phrase around here, especially if you talk to NGO wonk types, but the big and important thing is that we have to change how we think about what we make, if we want to stay in business for six months, a year, five years, or more. Since I talk with peopel who run businesses of 5-50 people and not more than that, what I have to say is more focused on this group: small to medium sized enterprises, than, say, bigger companies flush with capital to do research and development because they already know about what I’m going to talk about.

Which is this.

Whether or not you want to think about it, creativity and innovation are going to be more than just ‘nice to have’ items to claim your company is versed in. Rather than being such glimmering extras, they’ll be key for the leaders most interested in moving forward into the Age of Imagination.

If you want something real, viable, and sustainable, you’ll need to adapt.

That’s a fact.



There is no way around but through

There is no getting around this new awakening to the need for quickly adjusting to whatever conditions may arise; it’s not possible anymore to have a ‘this is the way we do it’ attitude because, let’s be real. We’ve never done what we are doing in 2022, before.

Social distancing, masking up, being keen to keep doors and windows open, not packing in people, all of these different modes of behavior are part and parcel of what we, as society, around the world, with our various metrics of measuring risk and safety, have now.

Truthfully, the reality of covid-spawned changes in this mean none of us are the same as what we were before. Everything is new. The way we move, talk, connect, meet, and do business. Maybe you are one of the people who wants to think it’s all open and fine but the thing is, other people are not all going ot feel that way, so the interaction you will have will be modified, accordingly. So it’s not the same. It can’t be.

It’s what we have to accept. There is no ‘back’.

Tired management doesn’t want to deal with that, though. Unaccepting it and pressing forward with the same ol’ same ol’ modes of running a company just won’t cut it though.

Not if you want to keep people around. Talent will glide away because talent can. Loyalty is weird in an era of ghosting in business or people who have been expected to go to work not going and then posting on their IG feeds, ‘At the beach #yolo’. it was something I read somewhere when in lockdown; me being someone who keenly values the weight of one’s verbal promise was like, ‘Really? This is what it is now?’ And it is. This. Flaky, iffy, and glide-y away-ey. So what though. I’m operating solo here at DK, with just a handful of trusted associates (Quan Nguyen, thank you), for this very reason. People are hard to work with. Haha, I said it. But isn’t it true?


Pandemic-shifted responses to the needs of business owners

We have learned so much from the pandemic and how quickly some could adapt and how slowly others could not. There are people who let their web domains expire and others whose shops became caked over with rust, and here we are, September 2022.

Reports of the covid cases declining worldwide by 12%, recently, by World Health Organization, give an impression overall that there is something now to do. To open up the doors a little more to possibilities, even if for so long, we were sheltering in place to stay safe, and healthy, in the turbulence of not-knowing. A ship in a storm may or may not find a safe harbor, but some ships are better built, than others, to respond, and with luck or agility or access to gobs of resources, some push through to these places where there’s a way to regroup, and others break apart and fall away. What did you learn from these years, as CEOs and leaders? What can you apply, moving forward?

Enter the Age of Imagination.

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