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Episode 2: Learning

Homework: Embrace a learning mindset by saying “I don’t know” at least one time and then allow yourself to feel confident about being able to find the answer.

Transcript: Hi this is Frank Duran and welcome to Episode Two of Designer Leader Human. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast are my own. I want to talk about learning, and the continuation of it. I’ve been a designer for a long time. And I have to say that I do learn new things every day. There are opportunities to learn about your craft and opportunities to learn about yourself, and the team that you work with every single day. And when I approach things with a learning mindset. It really takes the pressure off of not knowing all the answers. I like to approach things with a learning mindset, because it takes the pressure off of not knowing. It’s okay not to know. But you do have to be confident in your ability to find the answer. Better yet, finding the answer, together with the people that you’re trying to find the answer for you don’t have to be the embodiment of all the knowledge, but we definitely should sharpen our skill sets, and we should have that inherent curiosity that allows us to be the facilitator for learning for the entire team or whoever you’re working with that kind of dynamic really opens you up to all the possibilities. So many times as creatives we’re sitting there and we’re looking for the solutions. I myself have suffered from the solution mindset for many, many years. And then when I started thinking about things as a challenge. When I started thinking about things as an opportunity to learn, and that learning mindset, it really opened up possibilities. It wasn’t about finding the right answer. It was just about finding answers in that moment. And eventually, you’ll even uncover answers and solutions that you never thought were possible in the first place. And so when you share that learning mindset when you become that facilitator when you include other perspectives in order to learn even more. That’s where you uncover a lot of value through collaboration.

You have a chance to open, everybody’s perspective, by modeling the behavior, by being the facilitator. That’s the opportunity of continuing to learn every single day.

And like I said, it’s learning about not only your craft. It’s not only learning about yourself, it’s learning with your team as well. And it’s learning about those problems spaces that you’re even trying to embrace in the first place, or trying to find solutions for the homework assignment this week is looking for an opportunity to embrace that learning mindset by just saying, I don’t know, but then you have to follow that up with, but I can go find that answer. And even better if he had the opportunity to do this. Follow up with. Hey, do you know what, I don’t know, but we can go find the answer together. When you do that it’s hopefully going to alleviate that sense of having to know. And it hopefully serves as a tangible reminder that you don’t have to be the person that knows all the things you just have to be the facilitator, and you have to be confident in your ability to go find those answers. Don’t forget, check out Designer Leader Human on LinkedIn, this prompt will be there as always. So loaded for you guys to take part in that conversation. Also don’t forget to subscribe. And as always, make like a designer. Think like a leader and feel like a human. Talk to you next time.

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Episode 1: It’s Okay to Connect

Homework: Take a moment to connect with someone you work with. Pause and ask someone how they’re doing. Share a moment as human beings with lives outside of work.

Transcript: Hello I’m Frank Duran Welcome to episode one of Designer Leader Human. As always, thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast are my own. I want to talk about connection. It’s really easy for us as creatives and designers to talk about the work. Well, sometimes not that easy but it’s easier than most other things right. And what I wanted to not ignore and actually pay some attention to is the fact that it’s okay to connect with each other as human beings. When you look at the people that you’re working with. When you’re working with other designers. It’s okay to share. It’s okay to ask each other how each other’s doing. And it’s not limited to the creatives that you work with, but also the partners as well. You, you’re working with people who are business partners, tech partners legal partners. And we speak about each other in very transactional terms, but when you share a joke-when you talk to each other about what you guys did over the weekend-when you talk about your kids. When you talk about what happened and what they might be going through that just opens up a new opportunity to connect with each other. The fact of the matter is that we spend more time with the people that we work with, most times, than we do with their own family. Why not take the opportunity to actually connect with people on a human level, understand each other a little bit more as individuals, as people. Whenever I’ve had a chance to develop those relationships and typically they take a little bit time to develop. Whenever I’ve done so it’s always resulted in a lot better work, because all those barriers that you might have had up all those business faces that we put on when those start coming down and we start talking to each other, and we start knowing each other a little bit better then the work actually gets better too. As a matter of fact, a lot of the times, the work actually gets a little bit more fun.

If you have the opportunity. Reach out to somebody, reach out to somebody that you’ve worked with for a while but maybe don’t know them that well.

Frank Duran

And when you take the time to actually get to know them a little bit, and then they get to know you a little bit. Then the work doesn’t seem like work anymore. For this week’s homework assignment, I’m going to challenge you guys think about somebody that you’ve been working with for a while. Think about somebody that you pass by in the hallway, maybe you guys are getting coffee at the same time. Go ahead and introduce yourself. Talk to them a little bit. And if you do know who they are, ask them a little bit about what’s going on. Ask them how they’re doing. What did they do over the weekend, just take a moment. Don’t think about the next meeting you have to go to pause for a second, talk to them for a minute, look them in the eye and ask about how they’re doing. And when somebody gets a chance to ask you about how you’re doing. Take a moment, pause. Don’t parrot a response that says, hey, I’m doing okay. Actually, take a moment, consider the question and respond with how you are as well. So that’s the challenge this week that’s the homework assignment is to go ahead and pause with somebody and say, Hey, how you doing. Don’t forget, search for designer leader human group on LinkedIn, this prompt will be there. I love to hear responses from everybody and hear how this exercise actually went for you. And if you have any thoughts to share about it. Talk to you next time. Don’t forget to subscribe and don’t forget that we need to make like designers, think like leaders and feel like humans. Thanks talk to you next time.

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Episode 0: An Introduction

Transcript: Hello my name is Frank Duran. Welcome to episode zero of Designer Leader Human, as always thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast are my own. This is an introduction. I wanted to talk about what got this micro podcast started in the first place. And it really started with a post on LinkedIn. I posted something about how we need to acknowledge that as designers, as leaders and as human beings that there’s an intersection between those three qualities that we often embody at different times. I think about my time as a designer, my time as a design leader and I’ve really benefited quite a bit from conversations with my peers, with other designers and participating in the design community in general. This is just another way for me to continue those kind of conversations, and I hope that you get some value out of this, like I’ve gotten value out of conversations that I’ve had in the past as well. The start of this podcast is really thinking about those specific elements that we typically think about when we think about design so we can think about the craft of design. We think about leadership, and I get a lot of questions about what does that mean, and I think it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people but really it’s a mentality that we should adopt. In addition to that, besides the work itself it’s okay to be a human being and okay to be empathetic and show compassion for one another and to want to do good things for people out there in the world. To me that’s where the real value lies in terms of my career as a designer. It’s not only about the craft. It’s not only about the mentality of being a leader and carving a path, but it’s also about what connects us as human beings and the fact that we seek that connection in the first place. There’s a lot of value there. In terms of this podcast, it is a micro podcast. So typically these episodes will be about five minutes or less. Definitely going to try to do these every week, look for these coming out every Monday. In addition to them coming out every Monday and putting these out on a weekly basis, I’m actually going to challenge you guys every week.

If you’re listening to this, get ready for a little bit of homework every week.

Frank Duran

Whatever topic we’re addressing that that week. There’s going to be a little bit of a challenge that goes along with it, and I hope you guys look for the LinkedIn group, Designer Leader Human, join the group, the prompts for the episodes the prompts for the weekly homework are also going to be there as well. Definitely join the conversation and I look forward to talking to you guys more. Subscribe and we’ll talk to you soon. Don’t forget to make like a designer, think like a leader and feel like a human.

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