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How to negotiate a higher salary, according to a leading executive search expert

View the original postEven those established in their careers can find salary negotiations intimidating — and perhaps even hostile. But there’s an art and skill to salary negotiation that can lead to more favorable outcomes: Don’t think about the process as a negotiation, but rather a conversation, says Judy Wert, the co-founder of executive search […]

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The difference in design and engineer thinking, according to author Scott Berkun

View the original postIn a perfect world, engineers and designers work together in harmony. But, more commonly, tension lies between the two roles. Engineers can feel like design requests overburden their workloads; designers can feel their counterparts ignore their insight. Overcoming this starts with effective leadership, says Scott Berkun, the author of How Design Makes […]

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How design is fueling Ford’s massive transformation

View the original postFord made automotive history this year announcing the F-150 Lightning, a fully-electric version of America’s best-selling vehicle for 30 years running. While vehicle electrification disrupts the automotive industry, Ford works to redefine relationships with the road through some seriously thorough user research and innovative thinking. Curious to learn how design and innovation […]

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The best leadership advice this former-NASA CTO ever received

View the original postYou know the feeling: You have an idea for a new project and your excitement is palpable. You see the benefits of your idea on the future so clearly, but when it comes time to convince others to sign on, it seems that no one shares your inherent enthusiasm. Well, Chris Kemp, […]

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This important skill will come naturally to the next generation of designers

View the original postThe Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) offers a studio-based education where students spend their days designing every product you can imagine and practicing a wide variety of arts. Throughout its 144-year-history, several notable designers and creatives have counted themselves as alumni, from graphic designers Shepard Fairey and Tobias Frere-Jones, to painter […]

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Try this astrophysicist’s “Genius” tip for better collaboration

View the original postA big misconception leaders hold about collaboration is that bringing the brightest minds together leads to great things happening. According to MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager, creating an all-star team for a common mission is simply just one small step towards pushing boundaries. She should know: As part of her mission to discover […]

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Dan Pink’s trick to finding purpose in your everyday work

View the original postPeople want purpose in their work — especially when each day seems to hold more uncertainty than ever before. And businesses want purpose in their work, too: research shows that purpose leads people to do better work. But if your organization isn’t tasked with the big picture — noble tasks like solving […]

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How Netflix inclusively designs at scale for their 200M subscriber audience

View the original postNetflix serves more than 200 million subscribers. Creating an exceptional viewing experience for that many people is a solid design task in itself. But add in the fact that subscribers not only lie across different geographies, but cultures as well, and the task turns herculean. The key to good design at scale […]

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What Apple TV+’s ‘Home’ can teach you about the creative process

View the original postApple’s documentary series Home takes us inside the world’s imaginative dwellings, introducing us to their creators. In Sweden, a father designs a nurturing greenhouse over his family’s log cabin for his special needs son. In an impoverished Mexican town, companies build a 3-D printed community. A sci-fi author constructs an earth-bermed home […]

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John Cleese’s trick to thinking more creatively

View the original postDesigners are all too familiar when divergent thinking comes up against convergent thinking. Maybe in a meeting a they’ll toss an idea out—based on their discipline to think divergently, or dream up possibilities—and just a few seconds later a business partner or developer will chime in with convergent thinking, analyzing their ideas […]