🎧 ...have been listening to music. Chromatics, new Fourtet and moar Karenn!
📖 Ditched Into the woods by John Yorke. I hate doing this to books, but it took a lot of exposition to get to a point. For a book about writing, this is disappointing. Jumped onto The Laws of Simplicity by John Meada and cripes the first half is dull.
🏋️ no running, but the knee is miles better. One more physio appointment next week and then I'm back on the running🤞
🧘🏼♂️ a good mood week. Meditated once, but got the office lurgy 🤧
🚀 👈 goals this week:
🚀 👉 goals next week:
🔮 spent a lot of time thinking about design strategy and what that means. I'm writing one for membership as I've noticed a lot of gaps that could be filled and connections to be made. As a result I've listened and read a lot:
Abigail Hart Gray on Communicating the Value of Design, on the Design Better Podcast
Ready, Set, Hypergrowth: How Duo's Product Design Lead Primed Her Team for Momentum. More start up focussed but some interesting highlights:
🐦 after a lot of thought about this side of design and design leadership the penny dropped on what my role is and resulted in this blasé, day nurse fuelled tweet. Yeah, I don't like being like that on twitter but I have spent 12 months of uncertainty and insecurity, so I indulged myself a little. Plus I was high as a kite. Don't worry though all this will come crashing down next week, it usually does.
🐦 also, I fucking hate powerpoint.
👂🏽with most of my interactions with people this week I've tried to keep my mouth shut. If I do open my mouth it's to ask questions. I've learnt a lot and people seem to appreciate it more.
💼 been thinking and talking a lot of design organisation. Also, about being a practioner of design or a manager of people. Someone mentioned to me: 'How would you feel about picking between people management (skills, culture, people) and product area leadership (strategy, direction, being involved in the work)?'. I honestly don't know how to answer this. I kinda like the strategy, but I love the coaching side. I've given myself 3 months to focus on the strategy side with no designing whatsoever to see what happens.
👋That's it, see you next week!