Great leaders aspire to manage “by design” – with a sense of purpose and foresight. But too few leaders incorporate the proven practices and principles of the design disciplines. That should change with Designed Leadership. Here, strategic-design scholar and urban systems designer Moura Quayle presents a clear and accessible handbook for understanding and incorporating design lessons and processes into leadership applications. For example, every designer knows that failure – essential to innovation – is catastrophic in implementation; it’s why designers created studios in which to test ideas. It’s expressed in the indispensable concept of ASK. TRY. DO. Designers also know how to learn from natural systems. They know it is vital to make values explicit. From artists to architects, engineers to inventors, design practitioners know that strategic design loosens the mind and activates innovation. For managers at any level, Designed Leadership uses original visuals and field-tested examples to illuminate the kind of thinking, theorizing, and practice that results in long-lasting high performance in the workplace and beyond.
15May17 Designed Leadership flier
In the December 2016 Sitelines (BCSLA) edited by Alan Duncan, there is a short piece called:: From Greenways-Publicways to the Resilient City. In it, I promise a link to the Greenways-Publicways Report.
Sitelines December Issue
This gallery contains 22 photos.
The Brown House was built around 1914. It is where I grew up — well from age 12.
This gallery contains 19 photos.
Planta Point: the Beach House. 3550 Stephenson Point Road. Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Here are some selected shots of the Beach House in Gallery format. Refer to the post on the “Planta Point Story” for more info.
Trying to get back into the City Reflections blog. Had lunch today with our wonderful young friends Ayesha and Rumee at Finch Tea House — Pender@Homer. I had a great brie, pear, walnut plate (complete with baguette). All of the rest of the orders looked good.
I am in wonder at how Ayesha and Rumee find new places in the downtown to explore.
Dave and I seem “stuck” in our routines. For example, Saturday lunch is at Scuie — at Pender & Howe. Or is it the joy of habit. The routine. Knowing what is going to happen. I think partly it is the people at Scuie. Well — it might be the great pizza. But when you go every Saturday for lunch, you get to know the people who help you. First of all Emiliano — who has now abandoned us in favour of working Monday-Friday at the Scuie in the HSBC building at Georgia & Hornby. Now we know Rodrigo and arghh — have forgotten his wonderful Italian name.
That is it. We feel like we are in Italy – just for an hour or so. How great is that in a city on the west coast of North America.
We usually have the pizza. Sometimes I have a glass of their red wine. The space is right too. Outside and inside. The right size. Generally the right volume.
It just feels like the weekend. How great is that!
Am shifting my personal blog to mouraquayle.com (thanks to Kirk LaPointe giving me the gift of the domain name last Christmas!).
I want to blog more about reflections on city life — on Vancouver and other cities. By city life, I mean observations and insights about how we go about living in a city — our joys and our frustrations.
Now that we live “right downtown Vancouver” there are new experiences to behold — and to write about on occasion.
Design/business integration and thinking strategy blogs are still to be found on the sauder studio site linked up in the header.