Mentor Moment Podcast Series: Tackling Your Work Challenges

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Are you struggling with a challenge at work and wish you could get some words of wisdom from someone who’s been there? In our new Creative Confidence Podcast series, Mentor Moment, we call on IDEO professionals to help our IDEO U community by offering insight, inspiration and ideas rooted in their own work experience.

Our first Mentor Moment episode tackles the challenge of getting your company or team onboard and excited about innovation work. Listen to the episode to hear more about our caller Heidi’s challenge and advice and ideas shared by Stuart Getty, a Senior Design Lead at IDEO.


How to Submit Your Challenge

We’d love to hear from you! Send a voice memo to with details on your work challenge and include “Mentor Moment” in the subject line. Or call us at (415) 615-5020 and leave a voicemail. 

Please include: 

  • Your first name, role and company description (leave out the company name). Give us a little background on what you do.
  • A description of your work challenge. 
    • Is there a specific instance where this challenge showed up for you?
    • How is this challenge limiting your impact at work? 
    • What kinds of things have you tried to overcome this challenge? 
  • If you could ask an IDEO mentor one question about your challenge, what would it be?

We’re looking for real stories from our community on topics like pushback on new ways of working, difficulty collaborating across distance, desire to have more impact at work, lack of fresh ideas, and more. Please note, if you submit a recording, we may use the audio in a podcast episode. We will not mention the name of your company or your last name. 

We’ll be in touch if we’re able to feature your question on the podcast series. 


Share Your Feedback on Our Prototype Episode

We want to hear from you: What did you like about this prototype episode? What would you change? 

Share your thoughts in this quick survey or shoot us a note at with “Mentor Moment” in the subject line. Thanks in advance for taking the time to share your ideas. Your input helps us evolve our prototype and make a better podcast. 

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