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058: Vanessa Shaw: Design Thinking, Learning In Public, and a Sticky Note Obsession

Vanessa Shaw, founder of Human Side of Tech, shares how we can use design thinking to create better workplace cultures, helping people find their place in the world of work, why people often confuse boredom and stress, leading with curiosity, being an intentional listener, and – of course – the magic of sticky notes.

After you listen, let me know your most important takeaway or a-ha moment from this conversation. Email me at or tweet to @brocedwards and let me know.

UPDATE: Vanessa created an article based on the transcript of this episode that’s well worth reading. You can find it at: 

Vanessa Shaw, Founder, Design Thinker

Vanessa Shaw is sticky-note obsessed founder of Human Side of Tech and design thinking incubator for HR & Talent leaders – The Workplace Lab. She supports leaders to bring empathy and creativity into the workplace. Whether working with The Pentagon, Military cadets at West Point, or at home in Silicon Valley with tech companies, she helps people answer the question, “Can my job be an expression of my creativity?” Through hands-on workshops and partnering with HR & Talent leaders she helps companies tackle challenges with employee and candidate experience. You can get a free copy of her design thinking resources toolkit here.

Connect with Vanessa:


Twitter: @HumanSideOfTech

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