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Why Design Thinking may help you?

Design Thinking helps businesses in the midst of digital transformations, as teams design new digital platforms, new digital systems, and processes alongside the development of customer-centric solutions.  Each team is collaborating within an ecosystem with people at its center.   The people are the stakeholders: this includes the various employees, the designers, the customers, the CX / UX / UI teams, the backend, and the front-end developers, the Innovation Management team, Executive teams, as well as the investors or board members.

Any new or emerging tech, markets, or any industry where the market is constantly changing suits the agility of Design Thinking, as a mindset, an approach, a methodology, and a process for improving systems or taking an idea and getting it to market.  

Design Thinking helps leaders achieve their digital transformations goals, as well as their growth goals, penetrate, and capture new markets, find new revenue streams, or expand their existing market share. 

When bringing new tech offerings to market, investors and CFOs are keen on Design Thinking as a way of mitigating the risk of designing a singular solution.  With Design Thinking the risk and investment of resources are spread across smaller opportunities.  The team test each opportunity, then evaluate it and validate it with customers.  The customer-centric process involves collaborating with and learning from future or existing customers.  Customers are very much co-designers and collaborators.

Customers collaborate by providing valuable feedback on what works well and what doesn’t.  Customers also rate and rank their preferences and provide ideas on the “must haves” as well as the “nice to haves” enabling the teams to prioritize their minimal viable product offering (solution) and the next iterations.   Using Design Thinking, teams address customer feedback by searching for solutions that help to develop new offerings or to improve the customer experience and delight the customer.



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Design Thinking approaches can help you to grow

Lead in growth

with digital transformations 

improve the world

reduce waste

move forward

for leaders who are:

Growth Champions, Creatives, Innovation Managers, Disrupters, Entrepreneurs,     Change Makers, Business Owners, CEOs, CXOs, CMOs, and CIOs.

Achieve your growth goals, uncomplicate the digital transformation process, create new revenue streams, grow your brand, improve customer experiences, use human-centered approaches, improve user experiences and user aesthetics, enter new markets, innovate your business model, improve your mindset, get help with market research, develop your go-to-market strategy, lead and manage your ideas, innovations and improvements happier and faster. 



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Discovery industries like education, engineering, mining, energy, gas, and oil.  Leaders and growth champions within these industries look for new discoveries and ways to manage the implementation of discoveries, novel ideas, and innovations.  We predominately work with digital educators as they challenge new digital realms.

Agribusinesses we collaborate with include red meats, seafood, vegetables, various sources of proteins, functional foods, wine, and their value chains, distribution networks, and retail outlets.  Agri-Tech Leaders look  to improve their processes, outcomes, distribution channels, innovations, reduce counterfeiting in the supply chain, reduce environmental impacts and increase productivity yields, and find better or more nutritious ways to feed the world. We are seeing the rise of slow foods, reduced food footprints, higher-value branded food solutions, and the rise of functional foods.

The health and wellbeing industries, which include mental health, physical health, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, hospices, day spas, gyms, art therapy, psychologists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, and wellbeing practices.  We are seeing the rise of leaders in non-traditional practices, providing holistic services to improve physical and mental wellbeing of people.  We are seeing the rise of leaders who are focusing on education and preventative practices to help keep people healthier longer.  The old model of wait until it breaks and then fix it is no longer relevant.  Let's help you to help people before they break.  Let's help you improve team wellness.



Helping you achieve your growth goals

with a people-centric approach 

Leadingrowth offers a rare mix of practical and theoretical experience across a range of industries. Practical, been there and done it. Theoretical,  understand a large array of academic models.  Our unusual high-level capabilities and skill set is of value, as it helps leaders to grow their brands, develop new offerings, and future plan.

PhD qualified. 20 + years of Corporate Life and learnings. 25 + years of Research.   

More than 30 years of helping business owners grow their business.   

25+ years in professional development and people development.   

20+ years in Agribusiness, tourism, sports tourism and sports marketing businesses. 

Nearly 20-years of online educational design, teaching MBA and PhD students, researching and working with executives and leaders at all levels. 

12+ years of Design Thinking Research and Application.   

20+ years of Branding, Strategic Marketing, Consumer Research and Application. 

20+ years of research into building strong brands applied to premium and luxury brands across 10+ countries.

15+ years of research into hybrid and virtual teams with a focus on how to improve happiness and team performance.

Design Thinking experience in exploring various design thinking models. 12-years of research and application of design thinking models while working with over 5000 leaders, learning what works, how to improve what works, and strengthening the people centric approach to design thinking to create the  4DLX-Grow Framework



Our team are hybrid and we have been struggling to find news ways to collaborate effectively so I reached out to Leadingrowth.  Karen took our entire team through four different design thinking tools.  She showed us how to decrease our meeting times and increase our output.  She gave heaps of tips. Definitely would recommend and use again.

Ella Williams, Customer Experience Manager



As a Design Thinking newbie, I wanted to get up to speed so I enrolled in three workshops to begin with. The more I learnt, the more I wanted to know. I enrolled in more workshops and did some one-on-one sessions.  My goal is to become a Master of Design Thinking practices.  Thankyou for giving me the confidence and for the simple and practical workshops that get me doing straight away.

Emma Bailey-Smythe
UX / UI Designer



Undertaking a new position in an organisation still trying to understand the role of an Innovation Manager, I found Leadingrowth's program extremely relevant. Their feedback on my project was helpful and their guidance professional.

Byron Sharpe
Business Manager and Innovation Specialist



Great learning experience! Helped us imagine our future and work backwards.  We can see the steps. Thanks for the clarity, step-by-step guides and simple framework.

Rohan van Wyk, Founder



We mostly collaborate with leaders in the circular economy, tourism, functional foods, agribusiness, education, Governments, creative industries, fashion, fashion accessories, wellness and wellbeing spaces. 

We are industry agnostic as human centered approaches cut across all industries.

Industries currently undergoing re-imagining and we are collaborating with include:

  • media & entertainment

  • technology products & services

  • education 

  • financial services

Our tools and frameworks help leaders undertake growth opportunities, drive happier and high-performing teams. 

Leadingrowth helps leaders

  • move confidently forward 

  • re-imagine tomorrow

  • share their vision more effectively

  • strengthen ways in which they effectively engage

  • improve customer and employee experiences 

  • produce better outcomes with their people and for their brands.