Redesigning Leadership

Redesigning Leadership Lessons for a new generation of leaders on teamwork meetings conversations free food social media apologizing and other topics When designer and computer scientist John Maeda was tapped to be pr

  • Title: Redesigning Leadership
  • Author: John Maeda
  • ISBN: 9780262015882
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lessons for a new generation of leaders on teamwork, meetings, conversations, free food, social media, apologizing, and other topics.When designer and computer scientist John Maeda was tapped to be president of the celebrated Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, he had to learn how to be a leader quickly He had to transform himself from a tenured professor with a lovLessons for a new generation of leaders on teamwork, meetings, conversations, free food, social media, apologizing, and other topics.When designer and computer scientist John Maeda was tapped to be president of the celebrated Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, he had to learn how to be a leader quickly He had to transform himself from a tenured professor with a love of argument for argument s sake and the freedom to experiment into the head of a hierarchical organization The professor is free to speak his mind against the man The college president is the man Maeda has had to teach himself, through trial and error, about leadership In Redesigning Leadership, he shares his learning process.Maeda, writing as an artist and designer, a technologist, and a professor, discusses intuition and risk taking, transparency, and all the things that a conversation can do that an email can t In his transition from MIT to RISD he finds that the most effective way to pull people together is not social networking but free food Leading a team The best way for a leader to leverage the collective power of a team is to reveal his or her own humanity.Asked if he has stopped designing, Maeda replied via Twitter I m designing how to talk about with for our RISD community Maeda s creative nature makes him a different sort of leader one who prizes experimentation, honest critique, and learning as you go With Redesigning Leadership, he uses his experience to reveal a new model of leadership for the next generation of leaders.

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    1. My favorite quote from the book is :"What you say, and whether you are expressing it clearly, is more important than how you choose to say it."

    2. The book is largely about Maeda's early time as a "suddenly" director of Rhode Island School of Design. It was definitely pleasant to read, and I'm very sympathetic to Maeda's personality after having read it. It has a good flow. What's left after the pleasant experience of reading has ended? Not much.

    3. It's a short read but I think it will take some time to digest. His stories from "Start Here" spoke to me the strongest because it's where I'm personally at in my life:> I received a phone call from a headhunter about the possibility of leading a major.itution. I was happy to suggest names of other people the recruiter could contact instead of me, since I didn't see myself as presidential material at the time. [] I figured I should just "wait in line" as I'd been told.I think more of his obse [...]

    4. Short & sweet book on leadershipJohn is a great communicator. The book is short and simple, it talks about leading in different ways from different perspectives as a human, as a professor and others. There are great phrases and paragraphs to re read many times because they are not only accurate but also deep. One that made me think and I love it was, «Learning is said to be most potent when “cognitive dissonance” ocurrs. Said more simply, we learn best when we are wrong»

    5. Maeda is a bit odd. Perhaps that is exactly why I so like to read him. This book spoke beautifully on the complexities and challenges of leadership. It's recommended.

    6. Pretty good snippets. Written in a bit of a jarring manner that doesn’t flow great. Insights about leadership from his perspectives as a creative, a technologist, a professor and a human.

    7. John and I have very different minds and ways of working. He draws to make sense of things. I take notesJapanese Saying: Above up, there is something even higher above upI realizes that I wasn't just missing a degree, I was missing a sense of simplicityThe word leadership is something of an anathema to creative folks as it invokes an image of authority and order over the chaosBeing prepared isn't a matter of how much you practice. It's about knowing that even if you fail, you won't give upWork i [...]

    8. THE MAIN IDEAThis is a very ‘human’ story of John Maeda’s journey from MIT Professor to President of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Using a number of his historical tweets as the organizing structure Maeda shows how over the course of his tenure in his new position he went from, in his own words, operating his “own ‘organization of one’” as a tenured Professor at MIT to learning “how an organization of more-than-one is run” as President of one of the most prestigious des [...]

    9. Artists as leaders is currently a hot topic and John Maeda, as president of the Rhode Island School of Design and formerly of MIT's Media Lab would seem to be well positioned to write about it. Maeda is probably better characterized as a designer and thought leader than a traditional artist. I enjoyed the book but think it could have been much better if he more openly shared the challenges he faced at RISD soon after arriving. He gives us hints of what he dealt with; however, it would have been [...]

    10. Simplicity leads, an academic trained to speak his mind (normally do/dont?), all artists yearn to struggle, stories trump statistics(truth?), green grows vs right rots, spending transparency, (do critical thinkers self-reflect), listen & debate what is real, diverse groups yield best solutions and homogenous less (academie), entitlement is farthest from enlightenment (tenure), Right people Rdecisions Rnow, change & uncertainty produce rumors and disarray(obama/fdr planners32-37), reveal [...]

    11. Good little book about leadership. The content is based on the very personal experience of the author, John Maeda, as President of the Rhode Island School of Design. We see leadership in this book under the following themes:- Creativity- Technology- Teaching- HumanityIf you have read one of his previous book, Laws of Simplicity, you will find the same kind of writing with some touch of Japanese philosophy.

    12. When you become a leader, don’t forget that you’re a still a human being too. So live by your ideals, connect with your employees in personal ways and communicate as clearly as you can. Keep your meetings on point and remember that respect isn’t guaranteed – it’s earned. Only a great leader can inspire a great team.

    13. Less a guidebook, more of a journal, about the challenges of being a leader and the lessons along the way. Most leadership screeds, IMO, are about these kind of jargony-grand pronouncements that they all sound the same after a bit.Maeda is willing to share just as many, if not more, stories of his failures and shortcomings as a leader. Interesting read from a fascinating mind.

    14. This is a nice contribution to the subject of leadership, which often glosses over the role of creativity and empathy (as informed and nurtured by art/design) in creating effective leaders. The book just scratches the surface on the subject, floating from idea to idea, but between the lines there's a lot of substance worth unpacking and exploring.

    15. A quick read, I found this to be an interesting and insightful look into leadership in the upper levels of academia and how it is changing with technology and digital culture. Many lessons carry over to other areas of work, though I found it to reinforce my ideas about leadership rather than introducing new ones. Still, interesting, and not a bad airplane book.

    16. Always been a fan of Maeda so I sort of expected more from this. A lot of the advice here is beautifully written and almost poetic but, overall, it's too abstract and oversimplified

    17. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. Not sure if it's the book or me that lost interest half way. It started to sound repetitive and less concrete.

    18. An sort, perhaps too easy, reading. A nice book from a man who is charming. With simple and well-known ideas about the ethical character and practice of leadership.

    19. I enjoyed this book as much as I did Maeda's Laws of Simplicity. Practical examples of the power of simple leadership exercised daily.

    20. Qucik weekend read. Not the most cohesive writing, but there are some insightful bits about being a leader. Worth flipping through.

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