That small mental shift made my priorities as a design director suddenly clear. Simply do everything necessary to help the team do their best work. Create space for the team to operate; get them the resources they need; remove any speed bumps; and be the umbrella when the shit hits the fan. So, now that I understood my role and how I could add value, I was free to focus on team health and output.
…ulie Zhuo’s reflection on imposter syndrome, she offers some additional perspective on the subject: “Experience makes anything look easy, but insecurities never fully disappear. … Here’s the thing though: it gets easier. You start trusting yourself. You’re an imposter less and less, and you’re yourself more and more.” #truth.
…s was the opportunity that introduced me to design, and while this job wasn’t precisely my calling, it cracked the door open just enough for me to catch a glimpse and get excited about design as a possible career. I had to be there in Providence, to work at the mafia restaurant, where I’d meet the guy, that would refer me to the temp job, that revealed design to me. It was the butterfly effect manifest.