👋 Oi, mga repapips, Brian Dys here! I love music, photography, and creative stuff like UX design and art. This is a place where I collect my thoughts and works. Apart all these, I’m Jaycelle’s better half and Bryce’s dad. 🥰
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I don’t believe I have the ability to say what is going to work. Rather, I try to eliminate what’s not going to work. I think being successful is just about not making mistakes. It’s not about having correct judgment. It’s about avoiding incorrect judgments.
What is a new year?
A year is what it takes for Earth to complete a trip around the sun. We can say that we’re back to the point where we started — predictable seasons and collective celebrations of recurring events. We are passengers of this giant spaceship hurtling through space and time — we’re going ’round and ’round and only the journey can be described and the destination, unknown.
The measurement of a year is in our minds. Is there really a point in space and time wherein nature will tell that “this is the the last second of the year, the next is a new one”? There are many meaningful implications of knowing a year that will end and a year that brings inspirations anew. But if we are waiting to change something within our selves, for the better, why wait for a new year, or a new month, or a new day — why not now?
The disintegration of the concept of prepacked time — as in, how time are neatly wrapped into seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years — also breaks down the structure of what enables us to be in sync with the rest of the world. I remember a time in college when I lost track of time (or rather didn’t care about it) and found out that I was about to join an accounting class with only a minute left. I opened the door and the professor wasn’t surprised because that was the nth time a did it. In a business law class, I wasn’t so lucky as I joined it two-thirds along the way. As I sat down, the professor booted me out, deservingly. It was an embarrassing moment.
Why did I do it? It may be established that a session wouldn’t be complete, or better yet, worthwhile, when you’ve missed some thoughts from the teacher and the students. But as they say, better late than never. I was still able to squeeze what ever meager drop that I could in those instances, however that would mean to me and my own goals. Admittedly, that was my younger self who didn’t know any better.
To those of us who will be syncing with the rest of the world, and especially with someone we care about, it’s better to be at the right space and the right time with them. For ourselves, in getting better in any aspect, the time to start is now.
In this new work world, it is more important than ever for leaders to build an environment where individuals feel safe, supported and respected.Carmen Whitney Orr in Why 2023 should be the year of the empathetic leader
The truth, though, is that everyone is muddling through life, doing their best to keep the wolf from the door, and to have a few laughs along the way.Jonny Thomson in Can’t move on? Here’s what the Buddhist idea of anattā teaches about letting go
The company continues to produce value incidentally through inertia, but it’s now much harder to steer, and there is a lot of inefficiency and waste. If the world changes significantly it’ll have a harder time pivoting.Raemon in Recursive Middle Manager Hell
Rather than thinking that our failures make us weak, unworthy or isolate us from others, this pillar of self-compassion encourages us to foster a sense of universal belonging.Dr. Hannah Rose in The Abilene paradox: When not rocking the boat may sink the boat
A raccoon wearing formal clothes, wearing a tophat and holding a cane. The raccoon is holding a garbage bag. Oil painting in the style of Rembrandt.
I’ll probably be laying down my Reading List for a while because July is jam-packed with activities that will keep me occupied. For one, we are moving residences to one that has a relatively bigger space. For another, I’ve signed a deal with three various design projects (an app, a website, and a logo). My project management skills will ultimately be put into test, given that these go into the moonlight. On the other hand, at my day job, it’s excites me to think about opening up opportunities for junior designers to join Product Design Manila at Avaloq — my team and I just need to lay down the foundation to support this move by having key people ready to hand-hold them once they arrive. In any case, feel free to message me in LinkedIn (yes, you, the junior designer). Awesome start of the 3rd quarter! 👊
It’s Gonna Be One Helluva July
I’ll probably be laying down my Reading List for a while because July is jam-packed with activities that will keep me occupied. For one, we are moving residences to one that has a relatively bigger space. For another, I’ve signed a deal with three various design projects (an app, a website, and a logo). My project management skills will ultimately be put into test, given that these go into the moonlight. On the other hand, at my day job, it’s excites me to think about opening up opportunities for junior designers to join Product Design Manila at Avaloq — my team and I just need to lay down the foundation to support this move by having key people ready to hand-hold them once they arrive. In any case, feel free to message me in LinkedIn (yes, you, the junior designer).
Awesome start of the 3rd quarter! 👊
TRIZ works to formalize the belief that somebody, somewhere has already solved your problem. Just as different species have converged upon similar biological solutions when faced with shared environmental constraints (like the dorsal fin helping both dolphins and sharks thrive in the ocean), TRIZ helps us recognize engineering strategies that have converged across categories and industries, when faced with shared technical constraints.
The agency has also revised projections for its old web developers and digital designers category; it now projects the category will grow almost 40% between 2020 and 2030, validating the demand that so many people working across the tech and design industries have been feeling for years.
This all leads to a strange and provocative conclusion: Time is contagious. As we converse with and consider one another, we step in and out of one other’s experience, including the other’s perceptions (or what we imagine to be another’s perception, based on our own experience) of time
Young workers would make viral TikToks about how older workers look like crap all day, blearily wandering from their beds to their couches. WFH is for dumpy Millennials and Never leaving your house is kinda pathetic! would be the general idea.
For learning to happen, there must be a sufficient supply of knowledge to make successfully acquiring skills possible. At the same time, if there’s no demand to use that knowledge learning is often superficial.
A great leader inspires the team and elevates the people around them. They build a vision that engages and rallies people. With their craft skills, design leads can present the North Star with a powerful enough narrative to excite all disciplines.
A RACI, also known as a responsibility-assignment matrix, outlines how individuals with different specializations will participate in tasks such as work phases (e.g., discovery), activities (e.g., usability testing), and creation of deliverables (e.g., writing a screener or designing a prototype).
Setting UX Roles and Responsibilities in Product Development: The RACI Template
Often, you’ve become a manager, because you’re someone who loved mentoring and developing junior folks, and you’ve been tapped for management because people thrived with your support.
Performance Management as a New Manager: An Overview (Part I)
Once we get rid of the illusionary multitasking and the toxic productivity, cognitive bottlenecks are not inherently bad. They are just characteristics of our mind we need to consider when we plan our work and interact with the world.
Cognitive bottlenecks: the inherent limits of the thinking mind
Our tendency to overestimate how much attention people are paying to us is a result of seeing our own perspective as the only perspective. If we’re feeling a strong emotion, we assume other people care about how we feel as much as we do.
Many claims never get ‘debunked’ or definitively refuted, they just fade away as people stop talking about them, and you don’t notice an absence if you are simply reading what is put in front of you by the media or journals.
Identify the people and activities you care most deeply about. Prioritize them ruthlessly.
Onboarding is less about delivering information about your company, and more about allowing new employees to get to know each other and ask questions in a safe and supportive setting.
Gen Z Employees Are Feeling Disconnected. Here’s How Employers Can Help.
The key is to understand that specificity trades off against freedom, and then to consciously choose for yourself a location that best suits your personality and temperament.
You might be in a journey of levelling up towards being a mid-level or senior designer. We’re inviting you to take this journey with us in the product design team of Avaloq. We’re a global, cross-cultural group of designers working collaboratively on fintech products, ranging from retail to professional banking apps. We offer competitive salaries and we are regularly addressing any potential gender pay gaps during our compensation processes. If interested, you may apply via 👉 SmartRecruiters 👈
👋 Hello 👋 out there, fellow Filipino UX/UI designers!
You might be in a journey of levelling up towards being a mid-level or senior designer. We’re inviting you to take this journey with us in the product design team of Avaloq.
We’re a global, cross-cultural group of designers working collaboratively on fintech products, ranging from retail to professional banking apps.
We offer competitive salaries and we are regularly addressing any potential gender pay gaps during our compensation processes.
If interested, you may apply via 👉 SmartRecruiters 👈
The most important thing about writing is discovering novel and non-trivial truths, and determining which of your truths is most important—then imposing order, hierarchy, and linearity—through judgment, decisiveness, and will.
Just because someone presents an argument, it does not mean that it is as valid as another point of view. Trying to meet in the middle with a false compromise could lead you further from the truth or away from the correct conclusion.
The false compromise fallacy: why the middle ground is not always the best
Being an empathetic leader means fighting against your own biases, listening carefully to your reports, then using any privileges you have (by virtue of your leadership role or other factors) to take action on their behalf.
A Manager’s Guide to Helping Teams Face Down Uncertainty, Burnout and Perfectionism
Almost anyone you know and respect as a writer is known and respected because they’re able to muster brute, linear willfulness. Even if they use Roam Research or whatever, if they’re actually publishing a real body of work, then it’s their brute linear willfulness despite the handicapping of knowledge graph overwhelm.
But the deferred life plan was a bit more sinister. It was an elusive pursuit of fleeting happiness. It was a flawed belief that my life would start once I hit “my number.” Or when I retired at sixty.
It is crucial to focus on the similarities and the goal that brought you together, and not on the differences. We should always keep in mind the contributions we can make and the impact and difference we can bring. And, most importantly, we should never be afraid of speaking up.
Instead of blindly following organisational goals, servant leaders prioritise the well-being and development of individuals within their team. This results in better engagement, better mental health, and better personal growth.
Servant leadership: why being a servant leader is worth the work
Say you’re about to announce a decision. But instead of falling back on your authority to justify it — because after all, you’re the boss and what you say goes — imagine you have to justify your decision. You have to walk people through your data and analysis.
To Avoid Making These 7 Classic Strategic Mistakes, Science Says Ask Yourself 5 Questions
I wish knew that it was OK to ask questions and that it’s OK to fail.
“What I wish I’d known when I started my career”: 11 innovators tell us
From the inside, via introspection, each of us feels that our beliefs are pretty damn sensible. Sure we might harbor a bit of doubt here and there. But for the most part, we imagine we have a firm grip on reality; we don’t lie awake at night fearing that we’re massively deluded.
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