About (Design) Leadership

Where to Start and How to Get to What Comes Next

By Russ Unger & Chris Avore

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  • Are you ready to take the leap from practicing design to managing designers? If you’re an up-and-coming designer–or even if you’ve been managing for awhile–this book is here to help you learn practical, hands-on approaches to leading people. Designing and managing are different skills, and Russ and Chris have made the mistakes they want to help you avoid while you grow as a design manager.

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    Table of Contents

    Section 1: Dipping Your Toe in the Leadership Pool

    Chapter 1: Transition – From Designer to Design Leader
    Chapter 2: Managing vs. Leading
    Chapter 3: Advice from the Field – What to do with your seat at the table

    Section 2: Leading with a Plan

    Chapter 4: Team / Skill Assessment
    Chapter 5: Planning for Team Growth
    Chapter 6: Team Diversity & You
    Chapter 7: Planning for Team Reduction
    Chapter 8: How to: Write Job Descriptions
    Chapter 9: How to: Interview & Hire for Roles
    Chapter 10: How to: On-board New Team Members (and Other Non-Designers)
    Chapter 11: 1:1 Meetings with Team
    Chapter 12: Difficult Situations with Teams
    Chapter 13: Performance Reviews

    Section 3: Leading the Design Practice

    Chapter 14: Team Charter
    Chapter 15: (Hacking the) Org Chart
    Chapter 16: Empowering Your Team
    Chapter 17: Side Projects
    Chapter 18: Budgeting for Failure
    Chapter 19: Team Decision-Making
    Chapter 20: How to Work with Distributed Colleagues
    Chapter 21: Critique in Teams
    Chapter 22: Collaboration
    Chapter 23: Creating Patterns, Standards, etc. for Re-Use
    Chapter 24: Project Estimations
    Chapter 25: Presenting Work

    Section 4: Leading Everyone Else

    Chapter 26: Getting Everyone on the Design Team
    Chapter 27: Managing Up & Across
    Chapter 28: Dealing with Organizational Politics
    Chapter 29: How to Say No and Not Feel Like a Jerk About It

    Section 5: Now What?