Reflect and design – New Year, Blue sky

New year, blue sky

The view from my office window this morning. There’s a mountain to climb, but the blue sky makes all the difference. A good adventure?

New year, blue sky outside, rested. I love this time of the year. When it’s still unrushed. When all those good habits feel still entirely possible.

It’s a great time to reflect, to invest in learning. Learning from what happened (looking back) and looking forward.

I started my year with the latter. I finished the awesome course ‘Designing for the Circular economy’. Highly recommend it. I’m feeling a lot more ready for the next innovation wave. (More on that next time, or if you can’t wait, connect with me).

I don’t know about you, but chances are that some days feel very Groundhog Day (again). Only now with the added joy of wearing masks all day. Not much fun and it takes some deliberate effort to find the energy. Especially when all the challenges seem big. Is it even possible to climb that hill? To turn this ship? To get the organisation to go the right way? On that track that leads to being award-winning, innovative, fun?

Yes, you can do it. You can get the ball rolling. Book in that session to reflect. To look back and to look forward.

Now is a great time to invest in skills. To engage the team. To train up. Especially in innovation. (That innovation wave is coming and you don’t want to become a ‘Kodak moment’, do you?)

It starts with understanding where you’re at. And where you’d like to be. To establish a clear, unambiguous view of the workplace environment and to engage a core group who will support the changes.

Easiest way: Get an independent assessment of your organisations New Product Development (NPD) efforts. It only takes 2 days. It’s a lot of fun. And you’ll have an engaged team, a roadmap of next steps and a team that’s armed with some of the latest thinking in NPD.

We all need people who will give us feedback.
That’s how we improve.

– Bill Gates

At what level is your organisation sitting on this model?

Get a kickstart! 

The NPD Review is a great ‘kick starter’ to get improvements going. It helps to engage and align the team. To get a decision made. To work out an action plan. It inspires and helps to create momentum. And it gives you the roadmap to move to the results you’re looking for: award-winning and leading-edge, to have all your development projects make a lot more money and have more fun at the same time!

BONUS: Have the team trained in the latest NPD thinking – stimulating a learning culture.

“If product development flows, everyone is happy.”

What are you waiting for? Give me a call!

Let’s design for the better!

Onwards & upwards!

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NEW PROGRAM: How to design for the next innovation wave, sustainably? Wondering where to start? I’m working with clients, helping them with ideas and strategies, pointing out where the opportunities are (plenty!) and how to make the most of them. Give me a ring (021-68 49 68) or hit reply here to have chat!
Are you going to enjoy & surf this new innovation wave? Be on the leading edge?

About Saskia
Saskia is a new product development expert. She helps organisations to unlock their potential to consistently deliver new products faster, better, more profitable, and with more fun.

Is it time to lift your NPD? To be leading-edge, award-winning? 
The Fast track programme might be just what you need. It’s a 3-month programme to lift your teams NPD results. Better products, faster with more fun. Ask for the brochure here.


We all need people who will give us feedback.
That’s how we improve.

– Bill Gates

Click here if you’d like to have the NPD Review brochure.


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