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Too many kirks in the kitchen

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A presentation on personal leadership in game development given at SIEGE Con, Atlanta in 2016. Do you need to have followers to be a leader? No. All the best practices still apply, even when you are by yourself.

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Too many kirks in the kitchen

  1. 1. ~or~ Where Are All The Spocks?
  2. 2. Who is Nick? Art “Advertising Art” Comics Graphic Design UI ArtOther ArtDesignProduction
  3. 3. A Crash Course on the almost award winning presentation from GDC Europe 2015, “How to be a Producer the hard way”
  4. 4. What Is Game Production? BALANCE POINT OF COMMERCIAL CREATION • Project Management • Creative Direction • Marketing • Technology
  5. 5. What Is Game Production? STANDARD BEARER • All eyes on you • Facilitate, support, align • Establish policy and business vision
  6. 6. What Is Game Production? COMMUNICATION HUB • Establish trust • Align Up/Down/Out • Stay optimistic • Make them all better
  7. 7. Here ComesThe Secret
  8. 8. What Is Personal Leadership? PERSONAL: “Of, affecting, or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else.”
  9. 9. What Is Personal Leadership? LEADERSHIP: “A process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.”
  10. 10. What Is Personal Leadership? PERSONAL LEADERSHIP: “A process of self-influence in which a person can aid and support themselves for accomplishment.”
  11. 11. What Is Personal Leadership? DISCIPLINE
  12. 12. Start AtThe Root
  13. 13. What Is Leadership?
  14. 14. Emotional Intelligence DANIEL GOLEMAN • Referred to as “EQ” • Non-Cognitive • 5 traits or virtues
  15. 15. Emotional Intelligence SELF AWARENESS • Know your Strengths • Know yourWeaknesses • Not overly critical
  16. 16. Emotional Intelligence SELF REGULATION • Discipline over impulses • Integrity, trustworthy • Reasonable • Change-Friendly
  17. 17. Emotional Intelligence MOTIVATION • Achieving for the sake of it • Love the work • Optimism, poise
  18. 18. Emotional Intelligence EMPATHY • Understanding others emotions • Ethos • Cross-cultural diversity
  19. 19. Emotional Intelligence SOCIAL SKILLS • “Rapport” • Persuasion • Influence • Sharing experiences
  20. 20. Emotional Intelligence SELF AWARENESS SELF REGULATION MOTIVATION EMPATHY SOCIAL SKILL or… “MATURITY”
  21. 21. Management vs. Leadership JOHN P. KOTTER • Complementary but Different systems • Sometimes enacted by the same person • Never the same thing
  22. 22. Management vs. Leadership MANAGEMENT • Controls complexity with order and predictability LEADERSHIP • Coping with change and adapting
  23. 23. Management vs. Leadership MANAGEMENT • Planning to hit goals LEADERSHIP • Set goals
  24. 24. Management vs. Leadership MANAGEMENT • Org structures and Staffing LEADERSHIP • Alignment
  25. 25. Management vs. Leadership MANAGEMENT • Controlling or solving problems, reducing damage LEADERSHIP • Motivating, understanding the “why”
  26. 26. Management vs. Leadership MANAGEMENT • How LEADERSHIP • Why
  27. 27. Adaptive Change RONALD A. HEIFETZ, DONALD L. LAURIE • The only constant is change • A business must grow • Growth by definition requires change • Change is complex and stressful
  28. 28. Adaptive Change CHANGE COMES FROM ALL SIDES • What just happened? • Why did we fail? • Where will we fail? • But we’ve always done it this way…
  29. 29. Adaptive Change GET PERSPECTIVE • Balcony • Bridge…
  30. 30. Adaptive Change REGULATE • Poise • Optimism • Confidence • Support • Encourage
  31. 31. Adaptive Change KEEP IT REAL • Change happens at the ground level • Don’t hide from change • Don’t expect “the brass” to take care of everything
  32. 32. Adaptive Change “Leadership has to take place every day, at every level.”
  33. 33. What Do Great Executives Do? PETER DRUCKER • Making an organization effective • Executive level • Common Actions
  34. 34. What Do Great Executives Do? “WHAT NEEDSTO BE DONE?” • Not, “What do I want to do?” • Looming risks • Patterns
  35. 35. What Do Great Executives Do? “WHAT IS RIGHT FORTHE ENTERPRISE?” • Putting the Org first • Part of something
  36. 36. What Do Great Executives Do? DEVELOP ACTION PLANS • Napoleon • Patton • MikeTyson • Physics engineer
  37. 37. What Do Great Executives Do? RESPONSIBILITY • For making decisions • For communicating decisions
  38. 38. What Do Great Executives Do? OPPORTUNITY, NOT PROBLEMS • Opportunity is growth and change • Problems are damage control
  39. 39. TheWrap Up
  40. 40. What Did We Learn? GAME PRODUCERS • Highly visible • Surrounded by experts • Support and trust • Goals and direction
  41. 41. What Did We Learn? PERSONAL LEADERSHIP • Self discipline with vision • Be on time • Eat your veggies
  42. 42. What Did We Learn? LEADERSHIP • Not about reports, followers, minions etc. • Go back and check…
  43. 43. What Did We Learn? • Support yourself • Support change • Support the org • Support the boss • Support your reports • WHAT?
  44. 44. Personal Leadership
  45. 45. TWIST ENDING!
  46. 46. @VigilantRex

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