MAKE. WORK. BETTER.

WorkLab is a design thinking accelerator to make. work. better.

What do you want to redesign in how we work? WorkLab applies design thinking, lean startup methodology, and storytelling skills to some of your most challenging problems in how work gets done. We bring tools, coaching by students and alum from Stanford d.school, and a framework that turns ideas into action.

We accelerate you with new skills, and accelerate your work through an applied design-thinking sprint. Together, we make work better.

Worklab Approach

Launch

Turn a challenge in *how* we work into a business advantage.

Bring a three-person team together to frame and define the work challenge into a design question. We will go through series of sprints to generate new ideas that are quickly tested with users to ensure a successful launch.

Create

Spark innovation in work.

Using design thinking, we begin with human-centered research from your company, using ideation tools that consistently generate big ideas, and prototyping process to hone in on a solution that works for your goal. We will leverage design thinking tools used by organizations like IDEO, MIT Media Lab, and Stanford d.school, that consistently provide unique ideas with real impact.

Scale

Go from idea to initiative.

You put a stake in the ground with your work innovation. We will now focus on making that innovation come to life within the broader company

Validate

How you ensure your idea is the right idea.

In order to be smart while scaling, we will go through a set of small experiments that grow over time, where we will validate your innovation in work to ensure you “build the right IT before you figure out how to build it right” -Alberto Savoia. Blending design thinking into a lean launch, we will use Preto-typing to collect real data, and a scientific approach that cuts waste from the process of launching a new idea so that what you scale is viable and sustainable.

Story

How your work innovation lives and grows.

As your team moves to a scalable idea, your sprints evolve with a focus on how you bring people in and how you build support and adoption for your innovation in work. Story has the power to entice, enroll and excite people if you apply the right strategy. Storytelling is not just a magical art, there is an art and science to creating great stories.

Amplify

The recipe to spread your story to the world.

Once your story is crafted, we will tap into the power of storytelling, amplifying user stories to effectively communicate and grow the innovation. Leveraging social science, you can amplify the story in a way that others want to share it within an organization or the world.

Worklab Collaboration

Your Team

WorkLab is effective because of the multi-disciplinary approach. You invite two additional individuals to fill the key roles on your team to participate:

Customer Voice – The demand creation side of business like marketing and sales
People Leader – The talent and internal people development voice
Business Driver – A core business leader from product development or similar impact.

Community

As part of WorkLab, you’ll come together with progressive, cross-disciplinary thinkers to share your ideas and experiences – what worked, what was hard, what would you do differently. We’ll also learn together as we kick off each phase of WorkLab together.

Worklab Team

Advisors and Consultants bring a depth of experience to guide your team. Our Coaches are trained in design thinking from Stanford d.school and bring a fresh perspective. Thought leaders (e.g. Patty McCord), will bring additional magic.

Advisors

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SALLY THORNTON

Founder/CEO,
Forshay & WorkLab

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Richard Cox

Founder/CEO People Rocket,
Lecturer Stanford Graduate School of Business
& d.school

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Teryn Rikert

Principal, People Rocket,
Management Design,
Innovation & Strategy Consultant

Worklab Collaboration

Your Team

WorkLab is effective because of the multi-disciplinary approach. You invite two additional individuals to fill the key roles on your team to participate:

Customer Voice – The demand creation side of business like marketing and sales
People Leader – The talent and internal people development voice
Business Driver – A core business leader from product development or similar impact.

Community

WorkLab participants collaborate with other progressive, cross-disciplinary thinkers to share ideas and experiences – what worked, what was hard, what would you do differently. WorkLab is a learning community in action.

Worklab Team

Advisors and Consultants bring a depth of experience to guide your team. Our Coaches are trained in design thinking from Stanford d.school and bring a fresh perspective. Thought leaders (e.g. Patty McCord), will bring additional magic.

Advisors

sally
SALLY THORNTON

Founder/CEO,
Forshay & WorkLab

rich
Richard Cox

Founder/CEO People Rocket,
Lecturer Stanford Graduate School of Business
& d.school

teryn_rikert
Teryn Rikert

Principal, People Rocket,
Management Design,
Innovation & Strategy Consultant

Accelerate Your Impact

From big companies to start ups, hear directly from WorkLab participants:

“Being able to demonstrate data fast, and demonstrate results fast, is enlightening.”

“It’s definitely mind-gym, brain expansion day.”

“WorkLab will teach you how to solve problems in ways you’ve never thought before.”

Worklab Levels of Engagement

For pricing information, please email invite@worklabaccelerator.com

Request an Invite

Class of Spring 2018:  Taking Applications

We are curating a community that is open to new ideas and committed to action. Attendance is by invitation or application, and we encourage you to apply to broaden our community. We actively seek out the progressive, cross-disciplinary thinkers who have the authority to take action and the eagerness to implement new ideas. Custom programming also available.

To apply, send us your name, company, position and what you want to make better about work. Emails us at apply@worklabaccelerator.com.