As a leader, I want to inspire and influence. I want to lead a team that will love doing what they do and create better than just what one individual person could. I want to impact, create, and grow the careers of those that I lead and empower them on their journey. I want to make a difference in their lives. I want to create shared vision, awesome designs, and experiences that improve the lives of our customers.
Leadership Letter - Wilo
What you can expect from me...
Someone who will meet you where you are at
I provide guidance, direction, clarity, and encouragement at the level you work best.
Support and encouragement
I want to ensure you have the opportunities to grow your career and explore your areas of interest. Share with me your dreams and passions and let’s work out a plan to get there.
I don’t want to be a bottleneck but I do want to ensure that you have what you need to move your project forward. I love brainstorming ideas and suggestions. I care about design quality. I will speak up if I have a strong recommendation or guidance to help inspire ideas to get clarity and move project forward. I will connect you with others and you will run with it. In the end you and your working team will make the design decisions that will make your customer’s live easier.
Protector of your time and your design
I want to enable you to do your best work with the resources, tools, and within the environment that you need. I want to help you. You bring value and your time is valuable. I want to help you to prioritize, schedule, and advocate but don’t want to take over. I want to empower you to be successful. Be your voice and advocate when needed.
Someone to talk to
We’ll have 1:1’s where we can connect. I also love catching up when you need me. Keep me in the loop. If there’s a question you have, need a sounding board, or are wanting to talk things out. I’m here for you.
You do great work
And others should know about your superpowers. I want to celebrate your wins through recognition and visibility. You matter.
What I expect from my team...
Collaboration over Competition
Helping each other is important to me. Oversharing is better than undersharing. Review your work and get feedback and inspire your teammates. Identify overlaps and engage in opportunities to build things together.
Knowledge sharing and learning from each other
I believe in leveraging each other’s strengths. If you have something to say, say it, Think aloud. Together making something better than it was before through our different perspectives. Evangelize ux best practices and principles to our cross-discipline partners that we collaborate with and listen to our customers. We design for our customers and not ourselves.
Inspiration to do great design
Curiosity. Challenge and question the status quo for continuous improvement. There may be more effective ways of doing something. Understand what problem we are solving for... Is there a different problem that we should be solving for instead that will have more impact? Is there an even better solution? Help each other determine how, when, and what, once we understand why.
Brainstorm and Iterate.
No idea is a bad idea. The more ideas and different perspectives we share, the more we learn. Go broad then focus. Determine what matters and will have the biggest impact. It’s more important to find the right answer to the right question than to be right.
If you need more or less of me doing something let me know. Let’s build the relationship and work it out directly. Keep me in the loop and pull me in on your reviews.
Check the ego at the door
Assume positive intent. Be nice. People will always remember how you made them feel more than what you said. Growth mindset and flexibility on how we can improve. Let’s build the community together.
What I value...
We take care of ourselves, each other, and those around us. The work will always be there. It’s not as important as your mental health. Take time out to refresh, rejuvenate, and get in the right mindset.
Respect and Trust
It’s okay to make mistakes. We learn from them. Establishing a safe environment where we can be open yet secure with each other is important to me.
We have different approaches. I think that is great for us to understand all points of view. Weigh out the pros and cons. Make a decision and move on. And move in a way where there isn’t a winner and a loser. Make it an outcome where we enjoy working with each other because we feel heard and listened to. Team first.
Inclusivity & Diversity & Fairness
It’s important to me that no one feels left out. Everyone has different communication styles and ways they process information. Create environments that foster engagement that allows for everyone to participate.
I don’t measure quality by quantity or speed. Take time to understand purpose and strategy. Understand the bigger picture to develop holistic solutions.
Albert Einstein said: “If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”
Who I am... Myers-Briggs Results