Apr 18 2023
Design leadership is change management
Successful design leaders (IC or management path) are masters of change management.
I read a post the other day where the author talked about how tired designers are of this continuous need to explain and fight to be heard. I have…
Apr 13 2023
Overthinking part 2: Being in the now and radical acceptance to become better leaders
Last week I finished the post about overthinking by saying that being in the NOW is the key to stopping overthinking. I still stand behind that, BUT being in the now comes with a small warning:
…being in the now doesn’t…
Apr 06 2023
Overthinking part 1: Stories we tell ourselves and how they harm us as leaders
I love stories! I love them so much that my life is soaked in them. The problem is that not all stories love me. How come?
For simplicity’s sake, let’s say that there are two types of stories:
stories we tell…
Apr 06 2023
Thoughts on Design Leadership
I’ve decided to do a challenge: Write and post every (week)day for at least one month.
As my medium, I chose LinkedIn because more people visit my profile there, and it’s much easier to have a conversation there than here. As…
Feb 06 2023
How to manage a team with coaching
Going through different Team lead/Head of Design job ads lately, I see, almost as a rule, coaching as a skill that everyone wants to see in a new Design leader.
These companies don’t ask you to be a certified coach -…
Feb 03 2023
Creating Design Job levels
Looking back on my time at Userlane, one thing I’m most proud of is a system of Design levels that help designers grow and progress in their careers. As this seems to be a hot topic in the Design leadership…
May 26 2021
The other day I was a guest in a SheSays Munich Webinar on the topic of Impostor syndrome. It was a short webinar that offered insight into the phenomenon when highly competent people that have achieved great results in their…
Oct 23 2019
To all women working in tech
…and those that want to.
In 2017 we witnessed a controversy over the so called “Google manifesto” written by James Damore, now a former Google developer. I took me some time to think over the situation when it first came…
Oct 15 2019
Thoughts on being a better mentorAs a mentor I’m only as successful as my students are. This has been my motto ever since I’ve started mentoring on a daily basis. Yes, I’m like a proud momma bear when my students finish the course and feel good when they compliment me, but the reality is that I’m only as successful as they…