Think “Design” vs. “Work”

Right now, you are either thinking about or designing an idea, product, service, or process.Yet  most of us don’t view ourselves as designers. It sounds like a specific, creative field in which we don’t have formal education. But we do.Earlier today I submitted a consulting agreement. As I proofread it I realized that 3 of the key elements were “Design’…a workshop. . .learning materials. . .executive planning session.So I looked over previous proposals and agreements and discovered that “design” is a huge part of my work.I admit, I’m a design freak in general. Elegant design grabs my attention faster than usability. Elegant design plus usability gets my money.Here’s my point: Start thinking of yourself as a designer. Look at your work and your life through that lens and see what happens.Are you designing new leadership and management approaches to a critical situation?Is your suggestion for changing administrative work flow an example of great functional design?What about your IT solution for simplifying internal communication?Gotcha! You’re a designer.photo attribution: lucidream.com/blog/ wp-content/uploads/2009/05…
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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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Think “Design” vs. “Work”

Right now, you are either thinking about or designing an idea, product, service, or process.

Yet  most of us don’t view ourselves as designers. It sounds like a specific, creative field in which we don’t have formal education. But we do.


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Earlier today I submitted a consulting agreement. As I proofread it I realized that 3 of the key elements were “Design’…a workshop. . .learning materials. . .executive planning session.

So I looked over previous proposals and agreements and discovered that “design” is a huge part of my work.

I admit, I’m a design freak in general. Elegant design grabs my attention faster than usability. Elegant design plus usability gets my money.

Here’s my point: Start thinking of yourself as a designer. Look at your work and your life through that lens and see what happens.

  • Are you designing new leadership and management approaches to a critical situation?
  • Is your suggestion for changing administrative work flow an example of great functional design?
  • What about your IT solution for simplifying internal communication?

Gotcha! You’re a designer.


photo attribution: lucidream.com/blog/ wp-content/uploads/2009/05…


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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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