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How servant leadership can help unlock your creative potential

Designer and entrepreneur Jason Mayden wants to shake up misperceptions surrounding leadership. The epitome of leadership isn’t the image of Washington on the Potomac, he says. Rather, think of a lion leading the pride from the back, protecting others.

“That’s my form of servant leadership,” Jason, the VP of the elite performer offense and partner liminal collective at Logitech, says. “I’m the dude in the back, cheering everybody on, getting excited for everybody, keeping everybody motivated to keep moving forward. That’s how I lead.”

The current advisor, d.fellow, and media designer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design was our

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The surprising way Brian Chesky organizes teams at Airbnb (and why)

At most companies, employees are organized based on disciplines: marketing, sales, finance, and so on. But for Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s co-founder and CEO, that approach is subpar: Not only can this siloing prevent their customers from feeling like their specific reason for traveling is being acknowledged, but it also can keep the organization from nimbly adapting to travel trends.

In the latest episode of The Design Better Podcast, Brain stopped by to discuss how design thinking was key in taking the company from a three-person startup 12 years ago to a public company. (In case you missed it, Airbnb made

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How to design more inclusive products, according to Google’s Annie Jean-Baptiste

As designers, most of us understand the ethical importance of making our products accessible and inclusive for all the people who use them. Yet, we don’t always understand the best way to go about doing this, or how to convey a business case to make it a priority.

But Annie Jean-Baptiste sets out a clear method in her new book Building for Everyone. Annie’s the head of product inclusion at Google, where she makes sure the company’s teams are building products for everyone. She stopped by the latest episode of the Design Better Podcast to dive into the “ABC’s of

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Author Bill Burnett’s goal setting method that actually works

The year 2020 will be one that goes down in history, with a global pandemic and economic catastrophe upending the whole world. Many in product have been fortunate to keep their jobs designing for a new normal, but others haven’t been so lucky.

We thought it would be timely to bring in an expert who has been using a designer’s mindset to help people reframe their approach to their careers for the latest episode of the Design Better Podcast: Bill Burnett, co-author of the bestselling book Designing Your Life. He has a new workplace-specific book out, too, Designing Your Work Life.

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