The Art of Strengths Coaching

D is for Design, Development and Delivery

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Human beings are natural designers. So people often use their talents to go through the process of design, development and delivery.

Looking back on your life, can you think of a time when you went through these stages?

You may have started by designing something in your head. It may have been an article, a garden, a renovation, a lesson or whatever.

Moving onwards, you developed the idea by working on the material and making improvements. Putting the finishing touches, you then delivered the goods.

What were the stages you went through from start to finish? What was your design process? How can you follow these principles in the future?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

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Let’s explore the three stages in this creative journey.

Design

What would you love to design in the future? You may want to create a special meal, house, learning environment, article, piece of music, company or whatever.

Design is a fulfilling activity. You feel in control and able to create a new world, which is what human beings love to do.

“Great design is often simple, satisfying and successful,” we are told.

It is simple, but in a profound way. It is satisfying on many levels. For example, it may be easy to use and also aesthetically pleasing.

It is also successful. Great design does what it sets out to do. It works.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe a specific thing you would like to design, develop and deliver in the future.

Describe the specific benefits of delivering this thing – both for you and other people.

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Development

What is your pattern for developing an idea? Development frequently involves doing some hands-on work. Testing the idea in practice, you may aim:

To build on what works.

To find solutions to the things that do not work

To keep going until everything works successfully.

How do you follow this path in your own way? Do you test the idea alone, with colleagues or with customers?

How do you identify: a) The things that are working; b) The things that can be better and how? How do you then retest the idea until it nears fruition?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe the specific thing you want to design, develop and deliver.

Describe the specific things you can do to develop this properly.

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Delivery

How can translate your design into a finished product? Everybody has a successful pattern of finishing. So it is good to follow the route that works for you.

Looking back on your life, can you recall when you have finished something successfully? Maybe it was the project you described in the earlier exercise, maybe it was something else.

What did you do right then? How can you follow these principles in the future?

“My pattern is fairly simple,” said one person.

“First, I focus on something I feel passionately about and translate this into a specific project.

“Second, I gather information, finalise the design and gather the necessary resources.

“Third, I set aside time to do the project. It is to create blocks of time where I can concentrate to 100%. Sometimes this means the work is spread over several months.

“Establishing a working rhythm, I enjoy the process as much as reaching the goal. Then, one day, the fruit falls from the tree.

“Everything falls into place and the project is completed. Sounds odd, but that is the way it goes. Then it is on to the next project.”

You will have your own pattern for finishing things successfully. Bearing this in mind, you may want to consider how you can complete the specific design project that you want finish.

If you wish, try tackling the final exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe the specific thing you want to design, develop and deliver.

Describe the specific things you can do to complete what you want to deliver.

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