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UX Gatherings May 2016
Why I’m a Bad Design Leader
@cameron_rogers
I’m Cameron
I lead the SEEK UX & Design team
@cameron_rogers
@cameron_rogers
What we’re seeing from this
newest crop of successful
design leaders is less about
design. It’s all about leadership.
Jare...
What does it mean to be
a good leader?
@cameron_rogers
A good Leader is…
Selfless, driven,
vulnerable, trusting,
honest, approachable,
fun, flexible, fair,
courageous,
visionary...
What does it mean to be a
good design leader?
@cameron_rogers
What does it mean to be
a bad leader?
@cameron_rogers
Good Leader? Bad Leader?
A good leader is intensely aware
of the interplay of inner shadow
and light, lest the act of
leadership do more harm than
...
Exercise:
What’s one reason why
you’re a bad leader?
@cameron_rogers
What does it mean to be
a bad design leader?
@cameron_rogers
And why
am I a bad
design leader?
@cameron_rogers
There are so many reasons…
@cameron_rogers
There are so many reasons…
@cameron_rogers
There are so many reasons…
@cameron_rogers
…while also championing a user
centred design philosophy
@cameron_rogers
Hiring the right designers
And yet, despite all
these flaws…
@cameron_rogers
@cameron_rogers
So, what am I trying to say?
@cameron_rogers
Nobody’s perfect
@cameron_rogers
No leaders are perfect
@cameron_rogers
No leader is perfect. The best
ones don’t try to be—they
concentrate on honing their
strengths and find others who
can mak...
There is no such thing as a
perfect leader either in the past
or present… If there is one, he is
only pretending, like a p...
And of course, no
design leaders are perfect…
@cameron_rogers
…but we’re all working
hard to get better.
@cameron_rogers
Image references (I)
h t t p : / / p h o t o r a s a . c o m / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 3 / 1 0 / m a l...
Image references (II)
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Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
Leadership by design  - why I'm a bad design leader
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A hate giving this talk. It makes me reflect on all the mistakes I've made as a Design Leader to date, and ponder all the ones I'm going to make in the future.

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Leadership by design - why I'm a bad design leader

  1. 1. UX Gatherings May 2016 Why I’m a Bad Design Leader @cameron_rogers
  2. 2. I’m Cameron I lead the SEEK UX & Design team @cameron_rogers
  3. 3. @cameron_rogers
  4. 4. What we’re seeing from this newest crop of successful design leaders is less about design. It’s all about leadership. Jared Spool “ “ @cameron_rogers
  5. 5. What does it mean to be a good leader? @cameron_rogers
  6. 6. A good Leader is… Selfless, driven, vulnerable, trusting, honest, approachable, fun, flexible, fair, courageous, visionary… @cameron_rogers
  7. 7. What does it mean to be a good design leader? @cameron_rogers
  8. 8. What does it mean to be a bad leader? @cameron_rogers
  9. 9. Good Leader? Bad Leader?
  10. 10. A good leader is intensely aware of the interplay of inner shadow and light, lest the act of leadership do more harm than good. Parker J Palmer “ “ @cameron_rogers
  11. 11. Exercise: What’s one reason why you’re a bad leader? @cameron_rogers
  12. 12. What does it mean to be a bad design leader? @cameron_rogers
  13. 13. And why am I a bad design leader? @cameron_rogers
  14. 14. There are so many reasons… @cameron_rogers
  15. 15. There are so many reasons… @cameron_rogers
  16. 16. There are so many reasons… @cameron_rogers
  17. 17. …while also championing a user centred design philosophy @cameron_rogers
  18. 18. Hiring the right designers
  19. 19. And yet, despite all these flaws… @cameron_rogers
  20. 20. @cameron_rogers
  21. 21. So, what am I trying to say? @cameron_rogers
  22. 22. Nobody’s perfect @cameron_rogers
  23. 23. No leaders are perfect @cameron_rogers
  24. 24. No leader is perfect. The best ones don’t try to be—they concentrate on honing their strengths and find others who can make up for their limitations. Deborah Ancona “ “ @cameron_rogers
  25. 25. There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present… If there is one, he is only pretending, like a pig inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look like an elephant. Liu Shaoqi “ “ @cameron_rogers
  26. 26. And of course, no design leaders are perfect… @cameron_rogers
  27. 27. …but we’re all working hard to get better. @cameron_rogers
  28. 28. Image references (I) h t t p : / / p h o t o r a s a . c o m / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 3 / 1 0 / m a l e - m i g r a n t - h a w k e r - d r a g o n f l y - h o v e r i n g . j p g h t t p : / / w w w . i n s i d e c x m . c o m / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 4 / 0 7 / s h u t t e r s t o c k _ 1 9 2 4 5 1 6 4 9 . j p g h t t p : / / w w w . p a x - h o u s e . c o m / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 4 / 0 5 / s t a r - g a z i n g . j p g h t t p : / / w w w . e n g l i s h t r a c k e r s . c o m / e n g l i s h - b l o g / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 3 / 0 4 / s h e r y l . j p g h t t p : / / a 3 . f i l e s . b i o g r a p h y . c o m / i m a g e / u p l o a d / c _ f i t , c s _ s r g b , d p r _ 1 . 0 , h _ 1 2 0 0 , q _ 8 0 , w _ 1 2 0 0 / M T E 4 M D A z N D E w N D Y y N D E w M j U 0 . j p g h t t p : / / i m a g e s . h e l l o g i g g l e s . c o m / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 4 / 0 7 / 1 4 / m a l a l a - y o u s a f z a i - f t r . j p g h t t p : / / t h e s o u r c e . c o m / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 4 / 0 2 / D e r e k - J e t e r 2 . j p g h t t p : / / s t a t i c . i n d e p e n d e n t . c o . u k / s 3 f s - p u b l i c / t h u m b n a i l s / i m a g e / 2 0 1 5 / 1 2 / 3 1 / 1 7 / t o y - s t o r y - w o o d y - b u z z . j p g h t t p : / / w w w . s e v e n q u o t e s . c o m / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 5 / 0 6 / r e m e m b e r - t h e . j p g h t t p : / / s t a t i c 1 . s q u a r e s p a c e . c o m / s t a t i c / 5 2 4 6 3 a 7 a e 4 b 0 3 b 8 1 5 7 c a 5 c 0 a / t / 5 2 a 3 c 9 c 4 e 4 b 0 6 e 6 7 e 5 5 4 9 f e 6 / 1 3 8 6 4 6 5 7 3 4 0 3 4 / ? f o r m a t = 5 0 0 w h t t p : / / w w w . a m p l i f y . c o m / a s s e t s / v i e w p o i n t s / q - a - j o h n - m a e d a - r i s d - p r e s i d e n t - a n d - s t e a m - a d v o c a t e . j p g @cameron_rogers
  29. 29. Image references (II) h t t p : / / i m a g e s 2 . f a n p o p . c o m / i m a g e / p h o t o s / 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 / R e d - Q u e e n - t h e - r e d - q u e e n - E 2 - 9 9 - A 5 - 1 1 4 9 1 0 6 1 - 1 0 2 4 - 7 6 8 . j p g h t t p : / / w w w . 2 g b . c o m / s i t e s / d e f a u l t / f i l e s / f i e l d / i m a g e / 2 0 1 6 0 2 2 9 / m i t c h e l l _ p e a r c e . j p g h t t p : / / t h e p u b l i c a p o l o g y . n e t / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / h i r d . j p g h t t p : / / i 2 . c d n . t u r n e r . c o m / c n n n e x t / d a m / a s s e t s / 1 5 0 8 0 7 0 7 3 4 3 4 - d o n a l d - t r u m p - g o p - d e b a t e - t h u m b s - u p - a u g u s t - 6 - f u l l - 1 6 9 . j p g h t t p s : / / c 2 . s t a t i c f l i c k r . c o m / 8 / 7 2 1 9 / 7 2 4 2 4 9 2 0 3 4 _ f 8 0 c d d a 9 0 6 _ b . j p g h t t p : / / d u r s o c a p i t a l . c o m / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 5 / 0 9 / n e x t . j p g h t t p s : / / r e d e e m i n g g o d . c o m / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 3 / 0 3 / t h a n k y o u . p n g h t t p s : / / p u g m i n d e d . f i l e s . w o r d p r e s s . c o m / 2 0 1 2 / 0 4 / p u g - w i n d o w 1 . j p g h t t p : / / w w w . i q t r i v i a . c o m . a u / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 5 / 0 2 / a n i m a l s - l o o k i n g - t h r o u g h - t h e - w i n d o w - 2 0 1 . j p g h t t p s : / / m e d i a . l i c d n . c o m / m p r / m p r / A A E A A Q A A A A A A A A g n A A A A J G Q 3 M D Z i N j Q 4 L T k 3 O T Y t N D g 2 Y i 1 i Z G U 1 L T Y 4 Z D k 4 Y z c x N W J h O Q . j p g h t t p : / / w w w . a n d r o i d - m t . c o m / w p - c o n t e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 1 3 / 0 7 / d r o w n i n g . j p g h t t p s : / / w w w . s a n d s t o r m d e s i g n . c o m / s i t e s / d e f a u l t / f i l e s / s t y l e s / b l o g / p u b l i c / u s e r - g o a l s _ 0 . j p g ? i t o k = j X d n q s e j @cameron_rogers

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