Episode 51 – Sabba Quidwai – Find the Right Problems to Solve

Adam DeWittPrincipal Leadership Lab Podcast

Join Jeff & Adam as we chat with Education Researcher, Design Thinker, and Podcaster – Dr. Sabba Quidwai
Sabba believes that cultures of innovation begin with a culture of empathy. She works with leaders to integrate design thinking practices that encourage creativity, recognize accomplishments, build trust and inspire a collective vision. In 2018 the World Economic Forum identified Leadership and Social Influence as a trending skill. Sabba shares how building social influence across social media platforms can empower leaders as role models for the beliefs and values they want to see others adopt as they believe that their audience is able to rise to the occasion.
As a graduate of the Global Executive EdD program at the University of Southern California, Sabba’s research focus is how design thinking can prepare individuals with the mindset and skillset to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Her work is driven by a quote from William Gibson, “The future is here. It just isn’t evenly distributed.”
Sabba hosts a podcast, “Sprint to Success with Design Thinking,” where she interviews researchers and practitioners about their stories and strategies for navigating change with design thinking and thriving in today’s world.
Sabba’s Leadership Journey
Went to USC
Serendipity
Former HS teacher
Watching her sister work with tech…
Created a role allied “Director of Tech & Innovation”
Empathy lens – listen and learn – cultures of innovation begin with cultures of empathy
Unlearn everything we know about collaboration
Adam Grant: A field guide to think again
The Story of Design39Campus
Trust happened organically.
Psychological safety
Teachers are inherently design thinkers
EdCamp while at USC – met two KDG teachers
We don’t usually see them “sustain & scale”
Challenge traditional measures
Found a travel EdD program
“What are you energized by?”
How to think about Design Thinking for Educators
Find the right problems to solve
Extension of the dissertation.
Change the “grammar” of school
Most interesting medium instead of writing.
Leadership struggle/opportunity
Innovation means we are changing something.
What are their fears and motivations?
Don’t focus on problems; what motivates
Unfortunately, we seek perfection over progression.
Hopeful
Change in the right direction
Kids connecting, collaborating, and creating
How to ask questions and find problems
 
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