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Everything I Know About Design Leadership I Learned Coaching Youth Baseball

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Presented at FITC Toronto 2017
More info at http://fitc.ca/event/to17/

Albert Poon, Odopod

Overview

Process is a way of doing things and it’s important to establish a process and continuously refine it. But, in his years as a designer and a design leader, Albert has come to realize there is something far more important than process. It’s the most powerful force for great design over the long term. It’s people. And the *teams* they create and the *teams* they become working together. Today, Albert wants to share a few lessons about leading a team of designers. He didn’t learn these from a book, in a class, seminar, or even in the studio. He learned everything of practical value from wrangling young kids learning to play baseball.

Objective

If teams are the only way to achieve big, significant things, then it’s imperative that designers and budding design leaders think about leadership and team-building. The purpose of this presentation is to share ways of thinking about leadership that are suited to each person and each team’s strengths.

Target Audience

People who lead designers in projects. People who manage and build design teams.

Five Things Audience Members Will Learn

Accepting and thriving with responsibility, but no control
Prioritizing the things that matter
Positioning your team so it can be valuable
Finding a way to succeed with the designers you have
Building a culture that outlasts your superstars

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Everything I Know About Design Leadership I Learned Coaching Youth Baseball

  1. 1. Design Leadership Or the shocking story of how everything I learned of any 
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  2. 2. 2Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Hockey stick
  3. 3. 3Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Flipping Bat
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  7. 7. 7Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Design Team
  8. 8. 8Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential If you have the vision to do something big with design, you will have to lead a team.
  9. 9. 9Odopod Capabilities Proprietary & Confidential ALBERTMANAGES DESIGNERSFOR FIRSTTIME GOESLIKETHIS
  10. 10. 10Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Also a Poon
  11. 11. 11Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Everything of any practical value I learned here.
  12. 12. Lessons in leadership. 
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  13. 13. 13Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential You are completely responsible, but you have no control F I R S T I N N I N G
  14. 14. 14Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Everyone knows what you’re about S E C O N D I N N I N G
  15. 15. 15Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Set the standards that matter T H I R D I N N I N G
  16. 16. 16Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Work with your team where they are F O U R T H I N N I N G
  17. 17. 17Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential You don’t have to know everything F I F T H I N N I N G
  18. 18. 18Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential You gotta manage the parents too S I X T H I N N I N G
  19. 19. 19Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Make the play in front of you S E V E N T H I N N I N G
  20. 20. 20Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential The last hitter still bats E I G H T H I N N I N G
  21. 21. 21Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Win with the team you have N I N T H I N N I N G
  22. 22. 22Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Nothing is forever, 
 except your culture E X T R A I N N I N G S
  23. 23. 23Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential 1. You are completely responsible, but you have no control 2. Everyone knows what you’re about 3. Set the standards that matter 4. Work with your team where they are 5. You don’t have to know everything 6. You gotta manage the parents too 7. Make the play in front of you 8. The last hitter still bats 9. Win with the team you have x. Nothing is forever, except your culture C A P R I S U N A N D C U T I E S
  24. 24. 24Odopod @ FITC Proprietary & Confidential Humility, curiosity, and heart
  25. 25. Thanks, and Play Ball! Same Poon, but bigger

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