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Weekly Inspirations: January 5th, 2018

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

Ian Spalter: Find the Grind that is Your Personal Fairytale

Instagram’s head of design, Ian Spalter, has numerous management tools in his belt to get the best work out of his team—from Monopoly brainstorm sessions to timeboxing. But, for Spalter, the most important tool is obsession. In an interview with 99U, he remembers learning early that the things you’re willing to waste time and energy on might just be the key to ultimate success.
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Simon Sinek on fulfilling potential

For our first campaign of 2018, Fulfilling potential, we are delighted to announce that Simon Sinek will be performing the role of guest editor. Here Simon shares with us his thoughts on the subject, offering a solution that will enable all of us to grow. Across the next six weeks we’ll be hearing more from Simon, alongside many more of the world’s brightest minds, on how we can all become our best self.
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10 New Principles Of Good Design

2017 was a year of reckoning for the design community. UX became a weapon, AI posed countless new challenges, and debate erupted over once rock-solid design paradigms. Even some of the industry’s leading lights admitted their revolutionary inventions have serious, unintended consequences. The upside: Designers thrive on questioning convention–on unearthing solutions to seemingly intractable problems. If 2017 revealed anything, it’s that good design has never mattered more; it’s just the parameters of “good design” that have changed. With a nod to Braun legend Dieter Rams–whose 10 principles for good design remain indispensable, though somewhat narrowly concerned with the particulars of industrial design–here are 10 new principles for good design.
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Create Good Mornings

I recently found myself in an exciting scenario… While I was visiting family near Washington, DC, Tim Ferriss happened to be in town hosting a live event to promote his (kick-ass) latest book, Tribe of Mentors. As good as the full backstory is, I’ll save that for another day. Let’s drop right into the juicy part. I eagerly jumped out of the uber and Olympic power-walked to the bar. I went straight to the bartender, ordered a beer, and walked over to where Tim Ferriss and a group of 7 others were sitting. “Vancouver!” Tim said, recognizing me from earlier in the night when I gifted him a frisbee and asked him to come visit the Vancouver, BC Tools of Titans group. I pulled up a chair, sat down, and began to tune into the conversation. Tim was answering questions, sharing stories, and listening to ideas others had to expand his work.
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“A truly great boss is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget.” Brigette Hyacinth

A STRANGE BOSS arrived. He told us that if we WORK LATE
1) we are not efficient
2) we would be coming to work tired the next morning and thus will make mistakes and not think outside the box
3) our families eventually will ask us to find another job
4) and get this, he wants us to have a life outside the office and to leave the office on time
He set the example by himself always leaving on time.
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How to battle impostor syndrome

In my practice as a coach and social worker, the most common confession clients share is that they think they’re a failure or a fraud. “Why are other people so self-assured while I struggle with constantly feeling inadequate?” they think. This feeling of inadequacy followed one of my clients, Mandi, to work and was beginning to hold her back in her career. By all outward standards, Mandi is successful. She has multiple college degrees, a well-paying job, and was recently promoted to a management position.  Yet nearly every day she goes to battle with her inner critic, the voice in her head that says she’s not good enough or smart enough. She worries that someday soon she’ll finally be exposed as unqualified for her job. In an attempt to control her fear, she’ll stay up all night perfecting projects before submitting them. Even though her team praises her work, Mandi is quick to poke holes and criticize it.
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UX Design is almost synonymous with conversational interfaces, which are used left, right, and center from natural language messaging to voice-based action. Biggies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon are neck-and-neck when it comes to taking conversation as a platform to the next level with their virtual assistants, that make it easy for users to take the next course of action. It is no different than talking to the next person beside you. One-on-one.
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How Your Startup’s Org Chart Changes Your Product

In 1967, Harvard Business Review rejected a paper submitted by Mel Conway. A year later, Conway’s thesis would eventually be dubbed Conway’s Law. Conway graduated from Caltech with a Masters in physics and from Case Western Reserve with PhD in math. He worked on the Pascal compiler among other notable software projects. Over the course of his career, Conway observed a phenomenon. The products software teams created reflected their organizational structure.
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It’s time for recurring meetings to end

It’s thankfully been a really long time since I’ve been invited to a recurring meeting. But I heard a couple mentions of them last week, and it brought back terrible pre-Basecamp memories. It reminded me that not everyone is so lucky — many people still have to attend those soul-sucking, brain-draining, pointless recurring meetings. You know the ones — they’re usually filed under euphemisms like “stand-ups”, “status”, and “check ins” and happen on a daily or weekly basis. They’re terrible. Let’s discuss why and see if we can help each other get rid of them.
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12 Mobile UX Design Trends For 2018

Things move quickly in the mobile app universe. To succeed in the field of mobile UX design, designers must have the foresight and prepare for new challenges around the corner. To simplify the task, I’ve listed the biggest, impactful trends for 2018 and, most likely, beyond.
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What Apple’s New Office Chairs Reveal About Work In 2018

Apple design chief Jony Ive keeps a low profile, but he’s social with a handful of Brits who sit atop the world of industrial design, including Jay Osgerby and Ed Barber, founders of the studio Barber Osgerby. A few years ago, the duo paid Ive a visit. Over a pint, they shared what they had been working on: a new office chair that would be the first from the furniture maker Vitra in several years. The pitch around the design wasn’t that it was technical or flashy. Rather, the idea was that it was “quiet,” with soothing curves that could blend in anywhere, even a home. Ive perked up, raised an eyebrow, and said, “That’s interesting.” Several months later, Apple became the first customer for the Pacific Chair, which it ordered for every work station in its 12,000-person campus designed by Foster + Partners.
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