July 2011

‪A Day In The Life of John Lasseter

Really cool insights into how Pixar, and John specifically, makes the magic. 5 things I noticed: The teams applaud after every successful review, even the short daily ones. John sees himself as the head “cheerleader” for his film crew, and his personality reflects that. Even negative feedback is done with positive reinforcement for the team. […]

I like California winters better when they don’t happen during Swiss summers. Wet and cold in late July!

Beans and Noses

One piece of advice I keep coming back to is about managing expectations. It came from an old friend, just a few days after I’d started my consulting practice. He was a seasoned consultant himself and I had asked him what I should know, just starting out. He told me his First Rule of Consulting: […]

The design long game

Look at the long game. There are no seasons in design, it is a continuum of minor successes. Measure your success by the ability to rise after numerous defeats. – Chris Bangle