to communicate component parts of a bigger picture/system. - Framing challenges and priorities without being drawn into detail too early or in the wrong places. - Having a clear goal/vision/proposition to work towards that helps us stay focussed on user-based and/or policy outcomes.
away, emphasising only a small part of a large whole, so that we can focus only on what remains. A world map is a model of earth that removes nearly everything about the planet, leaving only relative masses, names of countries and cities, and overall proximity.” Jon Kolko
answers before you start - taking intuitive leaps to explore different ways of solving a problem or shaping a product, service or experience - being bold enough to hold strong opinions and ideas while working to prove yourself wrong - holding and developing ideas that are in tension with how the world and existing models work today - being confident enough to let go of detail when dealing with complex systems - being prepared to work around or challenge existing constraints and how things work right now (using creative thinking/methods).
ie. knowing when and how to trust others to take the strain for you at the right times. - Have a drawbridge i.e withdraw from situations that don’t help you manage negative feelings or worry. It’s okay to retreat occasionally. - Know your own coping mechanisms i.e. if you can’t work through anxiety you need ways around it. But don’t ignore how you feel. - Be yourself
time, energy and focus (recognising any constraints around this). - Asking for support when you need it i.e not waiting for someone else to notice that you’re not okay (focus on how you are). - Asking for feedback when you need it i.e not waiting for feedback from other people (focus on your work inc. outputs, way of working and communicating). - Looking out for other people i.e. always being aware if the person working alongside you is okay (focus on how other people are). - Being proactive i.e. not waiting for someone else to offer you a promotion/opportunity.
progression conversations based on job descriptions/lists of skills and tasks only. - Understand where people start i.e. benchmark a foundation level. - Talk about what it means to be increasingly senior i.e. be clear about responsibilities and behaviours you expect. - Use different lenses
you are actively doing e.g. designers should make things, and be able to make things happen. - Self-presentation How you present yourself when working with others e.g. designers needs to think about energy, focus, confidence and communication. - Time/projects How you manage your time and responsibility for tasks that you own. - Responsibilities Your responsibilities as part of a team. - Feedback/progression How you manage feedback and the personal responsibility you take.