Transcending Our Tribe

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My closing plenary at IA Summit 2010 in Phoenix, AZ. Sunday, April 11, 2010.

My closing plenary at IA Summit 2010 in Phoenix, AZ. Sunday, April 11, 2010.

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  • 1. Transcending Our Tribe Whitney Hess whitney@whitneyhess.com http://whitneyhess.com @whitneyhess ❦
  • 2. ﬔe Truth About Me Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 3. I’m amazed at the position I find myself in today Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 4. IA Summit ’09: My first public solo presentation IA Summit ’08: My first IA Summit Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 5. IA Summit Closing Plenaries: 2005 - Andrew Dillon 2006 - Peter Merholz 2007 - Rashmi Sinha 2008 - Andrew Hinton 2009 - Jesse James Garrett 2010 - Whitney Hess Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 6. IA Summit Closing Plenaries: 2005 - Andrew Dillon 2006 - Peter Merholz 2007 - Rashmi Sinha 2008 - Andrew Hinton 2009 - Jesse James Garrett 2010 - Whitney Hess WTF! Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 7. I don’t need you to tell me how green I am Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 8. Synchronicity brought me here Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 9. Who I Am Who I Want to Be { My pursuit of happiness Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 10. gapingvoid.com
  • 11. ﬔe Tribe Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 12. You are not alone Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 13. Egos: few Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 14. “If I have seen further it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 15. Who is your mentor? Who calls you their mentor? Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 16. “Knowing where one belongs can transform an ordinary person – hardworking and competent but otherwise mediocre – into an outstanding performer.” – Peter F. Drucker Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 17. Love Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 18. Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 19. Is this your job or your passion? Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 20. Why do you care? Why are you here? Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 21. Work vs. Life’s work Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 22. ﬔis isn’t a job, it’s a calling Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 23. ﬔisIsIndexed.com
  • 24. Our Common Mission Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 25. We help people enhance their own lives Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 26. ﬔe Butterfly Effect Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 27. We want to change the world Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 28. If you wanna be somebody, if you wanna go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention – Sister Act 2 Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 29. ﬔisIsIndexed.com
  • 30. Wake-Up Call Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 31. It’s not about you (or us) Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 32. We design systems that enable more successful behaviors, but we don’t make them. Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 33. “Like so many brilliant people, [we] believe that ideas move mountains. But bulldozers move mountains – ideas show where the bulldozers should go.” – Hugh MacLeod Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 34. It’s time to focus our energy outside of the UX tribe, to become recognized leaders to makers & management Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 35. How do we gain influence? Over our companies, colleagues and clients Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 36. “ﬔe price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 37. Source unknown
  • 38. What’s Holding Us Back? Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 39. We heroize the tools Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 40. A fancy tool is just a pillar to hide behind Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 41. We limit ourselves Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 42. We accommodate out of guilt. We attack out of anger. We avoid out of fear. – William Ury Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 43. We’re afraid to be wrong Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 44. You screw up every day and everyone already knows it. But do you admit it? Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 45. Celebrate Fear Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 46. Fear is growth Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 47. Love hurts Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 48. Live in pursuit of the OSM (Oh Shit Moment) Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 49. Fail magnificently (Love demands that you do) Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 50. “Not doing it – when you know full well you had the opportunity – that hurts far more than any failure.” – Hugh MacLeod Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 51. ﬔisIsIndexed.com
  • 52. Perfection ≠ Credibility Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 53. ﬔis is my biggest OSM Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 54. Promote Inclusion Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 55. Recognize the destructive impact of your words Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 56. “If you try to dominate people, you are already defeated.” – Terry Dobson, master of Aikido Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 57. Be assertive without being aggressive Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 58. “Your intellectual arrogance is causing disabling ignorance.” – Peter F. Drucker Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 59. All human beings have a basic need to be recognized Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 60. We Need To Lead Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 61. Chutzpah (a.k.a. audacity) Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 62. Conviction Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 63. Adaptability Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 64. Act As If Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 65. True leaders inspire others to lead Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 66. Our Legacy Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 67. Some say they have 20 years’ experience, when all they really have is one year’s experience, repeated 20 times. Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 68. Can your company succeed without you? Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 69. Can your company succeed without you? (No? Are you proud of that?) Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 70. What is our legacy? (Is it outside this room?) Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 71. Let’s not be a footnote in a technology textbook Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 72. Our legacy rests on all of our shoulders Whitney Hess ❦ @whitneyhess
  • 73. ﬔank you. Whitney Hess whitney@whitneyhess.com http://whitneyhess.com @whitneyhess ❦ ﬔe Radical Leap by Steve Farber ﬔe Radical Edge by Steve Farber ﬔe Power of a Positive No by William Ury Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker