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A better team member

The longer I’ve been in leadership, the more I value people who don’t easily get bent out of shape. Six years ago, I took on my first official design leadership role. I was pretty excited that all the years of hard work at multiple companies had paid off as I moved from a Sr. Designer …

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What can you remove?

I often get caught up in adding things to increase my work, happiness, health, performance, focus, etc. Another app or post with another tactic or thing to add to my daily habits or workflow. Adding a daily habit can be very effective, and can lead to breakthrough and growth. But add too many things, and …

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This design resume trend needs to stop

I don’t know how this popular resume trend took off, but I have some thoughts on it. Actually, it has been around for years, so “trend” probably isn’t the correct word for it. Anyway… I’m talking about those skills/software progress bars. I get it. As designers, we want to add some visual punch to our …

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How to be a leader

How do you become a leader? You act like one. Exhibit the qualities of leadership, and over time, you will be a leader. Most Sr. designers and design managers got to be where they are by demonstrating the qualities of leadership. That’s how they moved forward in their career. Here’s my quick list of key qualities that …

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Imposter syndrome

I remember the conversation like it was yesterday. Years ago I was talking to a talented Sr. UX designer on my team. I was obviously familiar with his portfolio, but I hadn’t seem him on Dribbble. I figured he didn’t have an invite (why else would he not have posted anything ever). “Dude…”, I said …

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You have the power to choose

A lot has changed in America and in the world since I wrote my last blog post. The past week especially, I’ve often found myself stuck in the cycle of refreshing the news feeds. Refresh… still bad news out there… refresh… yep, still getting worse…. I’ve invested the past week preparing toward what I consider …

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What’s your why?

I’ve taken the week off to go skiing with my family. A week in the mountains is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It’s a big deal to me. I don’t have much experience skiing though. I’ve only been skiing for a few years. Historically, ski trips were something that I always wanted …

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