What is Designing Talent?

Designing Talent is a world-class leadership and talent development framework based on the principles of Design Thinking that helps people solve problems, increase performance, and thrive. To effectively do this, you need three things: a process, insights, and competencies. Designing Talent comes with all three.

1. Process:
ACE
ACE is a simple yet profound Design Thinking-based process for problem solving and performance improvement in three steps.
2. Insights:
Latest Knowledge
The insights are based on the latest research in psychological motivation, adult learning, business management, and are reinforced by teaching the habits necessary to sustain long term development.
3. Competencies:
The Fundamental Skills
The competencies include fundamental talent development skills such as questioning, listening, the art of feedback, storytelling, and visualization.

Why Designing Talent?

Because Designing Talent works. Most important, Designing Talent is hands-on and practical with many tools to apply directly. Designing Talent follows a holistic approach: a new process ("ACE") combined with top-notch scientific insights on adult learning combined with fundamental developmental competencies. The particular interconnection of these three components is the decisive lever for maximum effectiveness and results. The ACE process is Design Thinking-based, triggering maximum creativity and innovation of its users. It can be applied to any challenge: We think process-before-content. This is the key to success. Our clients love Designing Talent – here are some of our evaluation results:

A Net
Promoter
Score of
95

Microsoft ScaleUp has measured the Net Promoter Score (NPS) of our programs we ran for them in the past two years. The result: 95% of all the participants highly recommend our workshops.

We have crafted a four day program for IESE, a world leading business school for executive education. The program received an overall evaluation of 4.8 (out of 5.0).

Our leadership and certification programs consistently get evaluations of 4.8 to 5.0 (out of 5.0).

Here are some of the organizations that are already Designing Talent:

How
was it
created?

The idea for Designing Talent was kindled during an executive education course at Harvard Business School in 2016 which Matthias Ehrhardt was a part of.

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THE DESIGNING TALENT CERTIFICATION
WAS FANTASTIC. MATTHIAS IS A PAsSIONATE
AND ENERGETIC INSTRUCTOR WHO HAS
CRAFTED A CURRICULUM THAT IS RELEVANT
AND IMMEDIATELY APPLICABLE.

THE DESIGNING TALENT
CERTIFICATION WAS FANTASTIC.
MATTHIAS IS A PAsSIONATE
AND ENERGETIC INSTRUCTOR
WHO HAS CRAFTED A
CURRICULUM THAT IS RELEVANT
AND IMMEDIATELY APPLICABLE.

Caitlin Bowler, Curriculum Development Manager, Harvard Business School
A
Address and
Assess
Spot talent,
see learning,
opportunities.
Name, define, and
assess the
challenge as
accurately
as possible.
C
Create and
Choose
Brainstorm
and create ideas
to solve the
challenge.
Choose the best
ideas and start
testing them.
E
Execute and
Evaluate
Put ideas
to action. Find
out what works
best and tweak
the solutions.
Monitor the
progress.
©DESIGNing Talent - USING DESign THINKING FOr LEADERSHIP AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT
The Designing Talent Framework is a ‘process-before-content’ approach to talent development. Especially in fast-changing times like these, we often don‘t know how to find answers to individual, team, or company challenges. Problems change constantly, so what’s needed is a method for solving diverse problems in a consistent, effective way. This is what we have created the ACE process for. ACE can be applied to any type of problem; large or small, simple or complex, brief or lengthy. It is the key to effective learning, problem-solving, and performance improvement.
Together with Insights and Competencies
Designing Talent’s process, insights, and competencies form a holistic approach to learning and talent development.

How was it created?

The idea for Designing Talent was kindled during an executive education course at Harvard Business School in 2016 which Matthias Ehrhardt was a part of. The course, led by renowned innovation professor, Srikant Datar, addressed the subject of design thinking. In one of the classes, a student raised the question: “Is it possible for design thinking to improve relationships?”

That was the pivotal moment. Having spent 20 years as a talent developer, Matthias knew the power and necessity of a process-based approach. When he drew the connection between design thinking and talent development, he knew he was on to something. Right away he began developing Designing Talent with help from his team at AUTORIS Institute.