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Weekly Inspirations: February 24th, 2017

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

Tips for Becoming a Design Leader

One of the things I love about working at Facebook is the emphasis we put on personal growth and the objectives people have for their careers. We believe a person shouldn’t have to be a manager in order to lead people at the company. Strong leadership from individual contributors (ICs) drives product development, and as a designer it’s the best way to develop in your career. In fact it’s the reason the IC and manager tracks are parallel, not sequential. Becoming a manager isn’t seen as a promotion, it just means you’re shifting your focus.
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The 153 Best Company Cultures in America (and What You Can Learn From Them)

For the second year, Entrepreneur partnered with CultureIQ to find the best office cultures in America. For more companies, tips and profiles, check out the rest of 2017’s Top Company Cultures package. Work should be gratifying. We should appreciate our colleagues. Our peers should inspire us. And our happy, efficient, productive workplaces should — and will — lead us all to greater success.
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Leaders Can Turn Creativity into a Competitive Advantage

In 1985, Peter Drucker made a hopeful case for an entrepreneurial society in which innovation and the creation of new businesses would more than compensate for job losses stemming from the retreat of manufacturing industries in the U.S. and other developed economies. Since then, the U.S. has increasingly come to rely on innovation and entrepreneurship to drive growth — but we haven’t achieved the scale of entrepreneurial society we need to offset the effects of globalization and automation. One reason for this is the increasing speed of change itself. Technological innovations like high speed trading and digital marketing enable competitors to emerge, thrive, and disrupt companies far faster than ever before. This “VUCA” environment rewards innovation but it also punishes failure more harshly. The result is that while we may be creating many new businesses we are destroying existing ones faster than ever before. The average lifespan of companies in the Fortune 500 has dropped precipitously over recent decades.
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Inside the French Laundry’s new $10 million kitchen

The French Laundry’s most recent evolution began modestly enough four years ago. Chef Thomas Keller wanted to remodel the wine cellar. Fast-forward about 1,460 days and the Yountville fine-dining destination is nearing the end of a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion, anchored by a new state-of-the-art kitchen. The project’s price tag has surpassed $10 million, and the overall scope of the work encompasses a 2,120-square-foot annex, 9,000 square feet of landscape design and a rebuilt wine cellar capable of housing 16,000 selections. Further portions of the revamp, such as the entrance, will not be finished or unveiled until the spring, according to the French Laundry team. But Saturday, Feb. 18, will be the restaurant’s first dinner service, with a $310 tasting menu, since the kitchen was completed.
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The Intriguing Reasons Why Successful People Choose to Wear the Same Thing Every Day

Despite our society’s obsession with fashion, the so-called capsule wardrobe movement continues to gain momentum. ’Capsule wardrobe’ refers to the idea of wearing just 10-15 basic things all the time. What is particularly intriguing is the fact that more and more successful and famous people — including some of the world’s top politicians and entrepreneurs — are being drawn into it. Here are eight fascinating reasons why this is happening. This is a far more interesting subject than it may seem at first glance!
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High Performing Jerks = Culture Crushers!

We’ve all worked with them… people who achieve outstanding results, but leave a trail of destruction behind them in the process! While their ‘results’ (typically financial) might bring short-term gains, these individuals can cause a long-term world of pain culturally (and therefore, financially), which begs the question… why do we refuse to see the forest for the trees, and allow ourselves to be held to cultural ransom by high performing jerks? Ultimately, shouldn’t ‘how’ you achieve be just as important as ‘what’ you achieve?
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How The Makers Of “Killzone” Are Pulling A Creative 180 With “Horizon Zero Dawn”

When you’ve made your name on a series of hyperviolent shooters with the blunt force title Killzone, you’re not expected to mine Albert Einstein, Arthur C. Clarke, and BBC nature documentaries for your latest offering. And trust us, no one is more taken aback by this than the people are Guerrilla Games themselves. “I’ll be honest with you,” Guerrilla Games co-founder and managing director Hermen Hulst tells Co.Create. ” There were moments when we were making this game where we weren’t sure we were going to be able to pull it off.”
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Creative Director, Designer, Brand Builder, Speaker, Podcaster, Crazy One. As a designer, I have 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepts, and designs for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 500 brands and creating innovative digital experiences. As a leader, I have 15+ years transforming agency and client-side teams using a mix of creativity, business strategy, process and political skill to create innovative, world-class work and cultures that change industries and companies. My clients have included American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, Citi, ExxonMobil, Acura, Old Navy, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Subaru and many others. My work has received over 150 international awards, my app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured my work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials and more.

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