I’m going to give you an example of design thinking. And this is not a perfect example because I am not sure what the end result will be. That is, though, the reality of everything we do, and so maybe it is a good example?
Writing this began 3 days ago. I was testing things and wanted to make sure they worked. I didn’t even write about design thinking. I actually wrote about making sure this was posted and that it was a test. Today, I have gone back and edited this. I am writing the exact literature I intend to write. The point of this is how one action leads to another, and then the next, and with each, we have results of some sort. I must admit the results of posting a test article were probably null for the world. They were not for me, though. They served a purpose.
Design thinking works similarly. You usually work in groups, and internal groups to create something. The point is that you do it in steps. When you allow this group to go into this sandbox, and start doing things – which may sometimes include “nothing” – a process has begun. From an idea of one person can come thought from another. It can cause an action in a third individual, and that may be it for the moment. In business and in life we usually like to finish what we start, and so we return to [this] thing we’ve started. It’s usually after laying the ground floor, of almost nothing that we actually start thinking of great things.
This is how design thinking happens. We start, we stop, we go back, we create, we ask questions, and then we re-create. We finally stop and try that creation, and at one precise point, it becomes enough. Design thinking does not require a lot to be demystified. It is a process that will naturally occur if we just move in that direction. Now the real question is “what do you need to apply design thinking to?”