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Consultant and Author Kursty Groves joined Dan to discuss how transforming a workspace can lead to a more creative business. She shares insights and stories from her time working with Lego Labs, Airbnb, and the Cabinet Office, as well as research and interviews for her two books. Kursty emphasises how important it is to step back and consider the values of the business, and what you need your people to do. In her work as a Consultant, Kursty aims to give people the tools and the insight to be able to lead change.
Kursty began her career as an engineer, before moving into industrial design, product design, and then working with ?What If! in London and New York. It was there that she started to see the importance of environment for creativity and feel a yearning to create herself, which led to her first book, I Wish I Worked There! – involving over 50 businesses to investigate how they created inspiring working environments. After starting to work as a Workplace Innovation Consultant, she began work on her second book, Spaces for Innovation, published in 2016, which examined the key ingredients behind successful innovative workplaces around the world. Today, Kursty has her own consulting firm, Shape, where she works with large, medium and small business to co-create great places to work. She is also a postgraduate professor at IE University on space for innovation.
Topics covered in this episode:
- Kursty’s 5 E’s philosophy: efficiency, effectiveness, expression, empowerment, and evolution
- The benefits of having four generations in the workforce at the same time
- The motivations behind her two books
- Key ingredients for successful, innovative workplaces
- Next steps for Shape
The Spacecraft Podcast series reviews and examines how well-designed workspaces can be transformative, not just for day-to-day working, but for businesses as a whole.
Dan Moscrop, Founder and CEO of Them Design speaks with leading businesses to see how design has impacted their workspaces. We interview the directors of co-working organisations that are leading the charge on how office spaces should be created, and the architects behind some of the most innovative office environments you’ll see.