13. October 2020No Comments

How To Be In Charge Without Being An Asshole

As someone in a leadership position I am often asked the question, “how I can be in charge, without coming across as an asshole.” So, I’m owning the inappropriate business-place word because this has become my number one direct quote question. ... Read the full article

22. July 2020No Comments

The Framework Design for Better Leadership

Using research and my experiences, the intention of this article is to lay out a new framework for successful leadership. From my experience, leadership is surrounded around the idea of influencing an environment where change can occur. ... Read the full article

15. July 2020No Comments

7 Leadership Lessons Men Can Learn from Women

Although there is a great deal of public interest in ensuring more women become leaders, thereby reversing their under-representation in the ranks of power, too many suggested solutions are founded on the misconception that women ought to emulate men. ... Read the full article

13. May 2020No Comments

DesignOps or UX Strategy or Design Management or Design Leadership?

It looks like “DesignOps” is about to outshine other terms to describe digital product design management. The term has appeared more and more in recent years. Now it is riding the wave of a hype cycle with the release of the “DesignOps Handbook” by InVision. ... Read the full article

19. October 2019No Comments

The Best Leaders Are Expendable

leaders, sometimes managing our egos is one of the toughest challenges we face. It’s something that, when not checked, is most likely to get us into trouble as well. But does this mean that as the leader of your team, you should make yourself inessential? Well, not quite. ... Read the full article

7. September 2019No Comments

Soft Skills in UX Design Leadership

A couple of years ago I had a conversation with one of my UX mentors, Diana Furka, about soft skills in design. Now that I’m in a position where I often interview and review UX Design candidates, I think a lot about our talks on the topic. They mattered. ... Read the full article

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Thomas Otto is a User Experience Designer in Berlin, Germany. As an experienced designer he is working on digital projects in the fields of user research, interaction design and data strategy.