Design leadership is a 2-wheeled bike

published6 months ago
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Dear Reader,

It's time to put on your facilitation hats and strategy caps because we're diving into how these two skills are linked (and essential for a career in design leadership).

Facilitation and strategy are two different skills, but they are more connected than you might think.

Just like how a bicycle needs both wheels to move forward smoothly and efficiently, a designer needs both facilitation and strategic design skills to progress and lead effectively.

Without facilitation skills, a designer may struggle to collaborate with team members and lead productive meetings.

Without strategy skills, a designer may struggle to make informed design decisions and align their work with business goals.

Just as a bicycle rider needs both wheels to reach their destination, a designer needs both facilitation and strategic design skills to reach their full potential as a leader.

So, if you want to climb the design career ladder, learn to not only hone your design skills but also develop your facilitation and strategic thinking abilities.

First, you need to understand what "facilitation" and "strategic design" mean.

Check out these two detailed articles that explain these concepts and provide resources to help you improve your skills in each area.

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