Navigating change

Navigating change

Leadership can be full of uncertainties. As leaders we are often responsible for helping our teams navigate these changes. In this selection of videos you will hear about other design leaders’ experiences and the lessons they learnt along the way.

Navigating change
  • Alastair Simpson - Designing the Landing Gear Mid-flight

    Between 2012 and 2016 Atlassian grew from 6 to 126 designers. In the last 2 years (to 2018) they have grown again to almost 200 members within their design team. Throughout this growth they didn't start with a blank canvas of brand new products and a small company. When they had only 6 designers ...

  • Aleks Melnikova - Finding yourself in times of shifting landscapes

    Finding yourself in times of shifting landscapes

    Mergers, so many of us lived them, and so many of us can relate. One company acquires another company and you, in the middle, thinking of what's next. Change, especially when not occurring by own choice, is so difficult to embrace. In her talk, Al...

  • Audrey Liu - Drowning in Uncertainty

    From a global pandemic to an economic rollercoaster to a society embroiled in unrest, 2020 packed a punch. It also packed roughly 10 years of leadership lessons into a matter of months. Audrey talks through those lessons and reflects on what it means to lead through extreme uncertainty in an indu...

  • Chris Pearce - Adapt or die

    Adapt or die: Leading at speed into the unknown

    From Moneyball to Topgun, Socrates to Elvis. Clearleft's very own Chris Pearce takes us on a romp through the accelerating power of purpose, closing the expectation gap and lowering everyones anxiety.

    This talk was filmed at Leading Design London ...

  • Dan Willis - Tactics for Today While You're Redesigning Tomorrow

    New design leaders quickly discover what experienced leaders already know: No matter how brilliant your long-term plans for addressing major organisational challenges, ignoring problems today is never an option.

    In this talk, Dan outlines five tactics you can start using your first day back in t...

  • James Stevens - Designing change

    Designing change: How to lead your team through change and come out stronger

    As Design Leaders, it’s very rare that we get the opportunity to build a team from the ground up. For the majority of us, we inherit a pre-existing team. Often, these teams may need to undergo change to be successful.


  • Julia Whitney - Bending like Bamboo

    “…bamboo, bent even to the ground, will spring upright after the passage of the storm.”

    Japanese proverb

    Life, as a design leader, can be stressful. Juggling demands from multiple stakeholders with conflicting needs. Looking after a team that’s full of humans who need care and attention. Battli...

  • Khoi Vinh - Leading Design Out of Obscurity

    Design is more highly valued than ever, but in many ways it’s still considered a “junior” discipline to its peers. Why is that? And what can be done to remedy this situation? In this talk, Adobe Inc. Principal Designer Khoi Vinh argues that design has built a rarefied culture and obscure language...

  • Kristin Skinner - Leading through Change

    As companies of all sizes continue to accelerate building design capabilities, there is still very little common wisdom on what makes for a successful design organisation. While a focus on process, methods, tools, and outcomes is essential for credibility and traction, there is still a significan...

  • Sedef Gavaz - When dinosaurs go digital

    When dinosaurs go digital

    In this talk Sedef shares her experience of navigating change within large public sector organisations like the Natural History Museum. She shares the opportunities in transforming a large organisation to a customer focused culture, a few of the challenges and gives tip...