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Weekly Inspirations: July 20th, 2018

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

Hire People, Not Skills

Hiring is hard. It requires time, patience, and sensitivity to subtle signals that help determine whether someone is a fit for the position. I’ve spent more than a year searching for the right candidate for some positions, because I’m not just trying to find the right skills for the job—I’m trying to find the right person. People have personalities and perspectives that influence their performance and the way they communicate on teams. These things are squishy and hard to size up, but ignore them at your peril. In my experience, the primary reasons for letting an employee go rarely have to do with a lack of technical prowess. It’s almost always a shortcoming in soft skills. Missing technical skills can be remedied with coaching, but shortcomings in soft skills are so much more difficult to correct.
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The new InVision mobile app for iOS and Android

Share your ideas more expressively from anywhere. The latest release of the InVision mobile app for iOS and Android lets you create and review freehands on mobile and tablet. Or, jump right into a prototype to review and leave comments. Grab the app for free today, and design better, faster, together—on the go.
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How To Make Yourself Indispensable At Work

Think back to all of the teams you’ve worked with throughout your career. Chances are, there are a few individuals who stand out in your memory; individuals who were simply indispensable to the team and the organization at large. In today’s work environment, the truly indispensable employee is becoming increasingly rare. Across organizations of all sizes, skills, knowledge, and relationships are more distributed than ever. When you couple this trend with the strong sense of entitlement that many modern employees show, it becomes easy to understand how team members can be seen as replaceable.
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HOW TO CONSISTENTLY PRODUCE GREAT CREATIVE WORK

We’ve all been there—staring at a blank screen, out of ideas, hoping for a flicker of inspiration. The creatives you follow on Instagram and Twitter seem to be putting out an endless stream of amazing work. Meanwhile, you can’t even get started on something. The process of creation is hardly instantaneous—it’s nothing like switching on a light bulb. Instead, it’s the gradual synthesis of your experiences, thoughts, and dreams. To reap more great ideas, you need to sow the seeds for them, every day. Let’s go over some of the best ways you can cultivate creativity in order to do great work consistently.
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The Design Tool Dilemma

There are two opposing narratives in the design tool space which have been evolving for many years. These narratives reflect two very different schools of thought when it comes to understanding the specific value our tools provide and which direction they should be headed. The first narrative is selling the notion that design artefacts can and should be the Single Source of Truth™ for the product. In this narrative, code is secondary—its job is to reproduce the design artefacts as accurately as possible. Platform constraints are mostly ignored in favour of speed and boundless creativity.
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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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