Tenants of Human Centric Strategy

Charlie Weston
2 min readApr 1, 2017


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Crap in, crap out.

It’s really not rocket science.

Actually it’s physics, Newton’s Third Law — to be exact.

The amount of effort you put into one action, will result in an equal amount of force in an opposite action.

The same is true when crafting strategies around design, experiences, or even something as minimal as engagement.

It’s normal for components that later will define your strategies, to feel like ‘moving targets’ during development. From costs, to personas, tactics, or implementation — the possibilities to weigh and consider can be endless.

Ample diligence is often a the best tactic in the fight to keep this feeling of being overwhelmed at bay.

And while client challenges may have numerous moving targets in the beginning — there’s one target that’s mission critical: the audience.

Our passion is creating strategies and experiences that don’t suck.

This only happens after uncovering the motivations and pain points of the audience, and how that intersects with stakeholder business objectives.

Build with a person—not a user — in mind.

This is the essence of Human Centric Strategy.

These are their tenants:

  1. Design thinking is strategic thinking
  2. Empathy is the bedrock of _________
  3. A great first impression is a ’killer app’
  4. Fail hard. Fail fast. Fail often.
  5. Keep it simple, don’t get in the way
  6. Gamification is the ‘secret sauce’
  7. Feedback strengthens interactions
  8. Build on insights, not on opinions