Design leadership is making sure that other people have as much space and time to do their best possible work.
Therefore, we spend most of our time trying to manipulate space and time. Creativity only happens if you make the time and space for it to happen.
So, in my mind, I’m slowly building a time machine. I’m trying to bring a little bit of the future into where we find ourselves right now. It’s a methodology of tools and tricks. Stories and questions that give other people the possibility to do their thing, and do it well.
There are no shortcuts to building a time machine. Its risky, prone to failure, and you don’t quite know where you’ll end up. But the adventure is your greatest opportunity. People will follow as long as you’re doing something interesting, no matter how ambitious of misguided that might look to the rest of us.
It’s really a simple step forwards. Design leaders are still designers, but they’re ambitious enough to believe that everything else can be designed. And then what’s possible?
Ben Holliday is an experienced design leader, writer and speaker. This is his blog (started in 2005). You can follow all of Ben's blog posts by subscribing to the RSS feed, or follow him on Twitter for more regular updates.