Awaken the design leader within you / Sarah Clearwater / Episode #175
Is design facing a leadership crisis? If you’re nodding in agreement, you’re not alone.
As service design professionals, we know the power of our craft to create meaningful change. Yet, we often struggle to find the support necessary that allows us to have a long-lasting impact. And when those around us in leadership roles fail to advocate for the value of design, progress stagnates, and burnout becomes all too common.
But here’s the good news.
You can lead the change today, regardless of your job title or position. So, how do you start leading in an authentic way that aligns with your values and the realities of business?
Our latest guest, Sarah Clearwater, interviewed design leaders to find out. She shares her insights in this week's episode with us.
If you want to grow the impact design has on your organization and are tired of waiting for others to pick up the torch, tune in to this conversation!
Yes, taking on a leadership role can be daunting. But what’s the alternative…
Keep pushing for positive change!
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00:00 Welcome to episode 175
05:15 Who is Sarah
06:45 Lightning Round
09:00 What is Design Leadership
10:15 What is the status quo
14:15 Practice vs functional leadership
17:45 How did we get here
21:00 Being context-aware
25:00 The lightbulb moment
26:30 Reflection is a key practice
31:15 Limiting biases
33:00 How does leadership manifest
35:30 When the interplay breaks down
36:30 Maturing beyond the craft
40:15 Go where the energy is
43:00 Setting boundaries
46:30 Growing in increments
47:15 Understanding our position
49:15 The quality of our stories
53:30 You have the potential to lead
56:00 The absence of leadership
58:30 Direction rather than a destination
59:30 Why not start today
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