Some of my greatest work will never appear in my portfolio.
I’ve spent 15+ years building and leading global agency and in-house teams with a combination of creativity, business strategy and political skill. I have done everything from leading small but highly specialized agency teams to building and leading multiple global studios made up on hundreds of full-time, freelance and agency contributors.
I also work to share what I have learned about leadership with the international creative community through my podcast, blog, workshops at companies like Apple and IDEO, working as an advisor to SYPartners Leadfully program, and lecturing at colleges including Yale, Parsons, MIT, Princeton, SVA and others.
MY CREATIVE ETHOS
These creative and leadership beliefs that are the foundation of all my work.
I find that one of the most important things a leader has to do is clearly articulate the standards to which they will hold themselves and their team. These are my beliefs that define the standard I expect for the work as well as the attitudes of the team as they create that work. On the surface, you will see that none of these things are rocket science but holding people to them gives the teams something that will bond and strengthen them through a common purpose and identity.
I’ve spent 15+ years building and leading global agency and in-house teams with a combination of creativity, business strategy and political skill. These teams have ranged from small agency teams to building and running multiple global studios with hundreds of full-time, freelance and agency contributors.
A lot of people can talk about leadership in theory but I have built and led multiple teams who have created truly innovative work but they have also been able to generate real results and create a real impact within the company. I haven’t been able to do that across multiple companies by mistake. I ground all my teams in four core areas – performance, execution, artisanship and leadership.
Performance: Quality of our teamwork
- Working inside our team to build relationships and trust across all disciplines.
- Working outside our team to build relationships and trust with product owners, clients and business leaders.
Execution: Quality of our ideas
- Use Design Thinking as an inclusive process with our clients to create all of our work.
- We understand that our value is in our ideas and our creativity. We do not confuse that with design which is a visual expression of our ideas.
Artisanship: Quality of our craft
- We bring our ideas to life with the same attention to detail that we used to create them.
- We constantly work to refine and evolve our tools and process.
Leadership: Quality of our culture
- Coaching and living the Creative team ‘beliefs’.
- Understand, appreciate and grow everyone’s unique creative process.
SHARING WHAT I’VE LEARNED
My most popular podcast episodes on leadership
I have taught my insights on leading creative teams and changing company cultures all over the world. Here are a few of my most popular episodes on the subject and you can listen and subscribe now on Apple iTunes, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts, Sticker, TuneIn and all other major podcast platforms.
Common obstacles and 7 steps to becoming a better leader
A look at the most common leadership obstacles you will have to overcome and the 7 steps to help you become a better leader.
Culture, beliefs and the power of ‘What inspires you?’
How to evaluate your team, the steps to create a strong culture and understand the power of asking ‘What inspires you?’.
My Adobe MAX 2016 session ‘Success is a choice’
How to foster a culture that creates strong leadership, grow creativity and understand the most common leadership blindspots and what you can do to overcome them.
Become a better leader with the 10/80/10 rule
A 3 part framework to calibrate your leadership against and find the right balance of team freedom and your leadership.
My Adobe MAX 2017 session ’In-house powerhouse’
I share what I have learned leading successful and empowered client-side teams for more than 11 years at Starwood Hotels and Citi.
Know what fights to pick and how to fight constructively
How to find a balance in how often you have fights, why they are important and how to make fighting constructive instead of destructive for you and your career.
Working as a leadership advisor with the world’s best companies.
I was chosen to be an advisor to SYPartner’s Leadfully program which brings together elite advisors, a simple yet powerful web app, and behavior-based training — all in one place — to help leaders develop powerful new capabilities.
InVision Design Leadership Forum
I was chosen to be me a member of InVision’s Design Leadership Forum which is for the best in design leadership to learn from each other and share solutions to common problems. It’s to advance the practice of design leadership. It’s to elevate design in business.
I work to find real sociological insights, understand consumer needs and create concepts that use technology to influence consumers, drive revenue and meet business goals. As a result of this work, I have been asked to work as a partner with brands like Apple, Google, IBM, Adobe, and others to create some of the first experiences on Apple Watch, iOS, Apple Passbook, Google Glass and more. I also regularly work as a beta tester and advisor on apps and products like IBM Watson, multiple releases of Adobe Creative Cloud, Astropad, Adobe Project Comet and more.
I’ve worked with Apple as a launch partner for Apple Watch, iOS 7, iOS 6 and Apple Passbook. Apple has featured my work in 8 keynotes, 4 commercials, in Apple Stores, Apple.com, the iTunes App Store, in the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines and my work has been chosen to their ‘Best of’ yearly app list.
I was one of the world’s first designers to receive and launch an app on Google Glass with the SPG App for Google Glass and have worked with them on refining their Material Design language.
I’ve worked with Adobe for over 5 years as one of fifteen members of their Consumer Advisory Board for Creative Cloud helping them shape the strategy of their creative apps. Have also worked as an advisor and beta on products including their Touch Apps and Project Comet.
FROM MY BLOG
My most popular articles on trends and insights
Over the past 11+ years I have done a lot of work and written a number of articles about the innovative work I have done and insights into the emerging technologies I have designed for. These articles have been featured on multiple different sites including LinkedIn.com Design, Social Media, Recruiting & Hiring and Big Ideas & Innovation channels.
The inverse Facebook experiment
Practice safe design. Always use a strategy.
Why did Google Glass go SO wrong?!?