Competency Models + Leadership Effectiveness

Better competency models for doing business don’t just appear out of thin air, they are built by people with an appreciation for leadership effectiveness who have a willingness to recognize that startup life means taking bigger risks, making smaller strides while having a tenacity, support system and a budget to pivot on a dime.

Extraordinary leaders πŸ‘€Β to themselves first for strength-building and are distinguished by the existence of strengths, (not the absence of weakness).

New year, new me.

My design process (by Michael Darius)

  1. Sketch a low fidelity rough outline of the product or service you’d like to build. (whiteboard/back of napkin)
  2. Define platform specifics and go to market strategy.
  3. Design a medium fidelity schematic and πŸ‘‹πŸΏπŸ‘‹πŸΎπŸ‘‹πŸ½πŸ‘‹πŸΌπŸ‘‹πŸ»πŸ‘‹gestural reference with the desired behavior and process flow to gather your team around and β˜‘οΈ gamestorming/affinity πŸ—Ίing.
  4. Create branded/unbranded mood boards, guidelines, iconography and pattern reference library to establish tone and πŸ—£for a cohesive and holistic design system.
  5. Build your first prototype.
  6. Test your assumptions by capturing ethnographic feedback and insight with πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦πŸ‘«πŸ‘¬πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬πŸ‘«πŸ‘¬πŸ‘­πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦from all πŸšΆπŸΏβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸΏπŸšΆπŸΎπŸšΆπŸ½πŸšΆπŸΌπŸšΆπŸ»πŸšΆ(walks of life)
  7. Gather and βœ’οΈdown your observations.
  8. Reflect on what you’ve learned with your team and prioritize the better insights using your favorite card sorting method.
  9. Apply team insights while 🏒 in the desired behavior, revising service πŸ–Όworks and needed changes to the content and visual interface.
  10. Β πŸŽ‰ and return to step 6

Sorry you’re stuck sitting down here with me.

Before it became the monogram of Christ, the Chi Rho was the monogram of Chronos (whose name also begins with a Chi-Rho), the god of time, and an emblem of several solar deities. In Hebrew, Chi-Rho equates to Tav-Resh. The Chi Rho was used in hermetic alchemical texts to denote time.

This monogram of the Chi Rho is displayed with a wreath symbolizing the victory of the Resurrection, above Roman soldiers, ca. 350.

The Consequence of πŸ”Š

When you invest some of your own identity into a growing community which people expect to benefit from they come to expect deontic responses from others in the community – that is, they expect others to respond automatically (without calculation) to threats to their safety and well-being.

In turn, they recognize that they are expected to have deontic responses to suffering of other community members. This doesn’t mean people are expected to act altruistically but on the basis of a shared understanding and shared identity. Under this pretext, a deontic response to an external threat is expected as a natural expression of reciprocity.

Communicative πŸ—£required to build relationship depends upon mutual respect, and in the 🌎 of mutual respect, deontic responses are not ‘acts of heroism’, they πŸ•΄ as a consequence of πŸ”Š

context modalities are semantic infrastuctures that matter

I will never give anybody permission to assert ‘modal definitions’ over my business which requires that I use modal logic and possible 🌎 semantics (simply because they feel it is their job to defend language from being bastardized by ‘business’). Deontic modality and possible 🌎 semantics will never be ‘optional’ parts of the role of a designer so βœ‹πŸΎ trying to make them ‘optional’ with assertions about ‘which’ value designers bring to the table.

Every ⏰ a person asserts their own modal definitions or understandings over my business they counteract an investment into semantic infrastructure that I am attempting to build ‘for San Diego’. Being ‘help’ means providing ‘support to understanding’ not bastardizing the context of what I take the ⏰to write or πŸ—£ something about that is critical infrastructure of my own.

Modal meaning does not only rely on accessibility but also on an ‘ordering’ of the accessible 🌏 🌍 🌎that we live in.

Watermarks and the Commons

The photography industry is ridden with more objectifying legal terms between photographers and models than many industries, and while model release forms will sometimes protect a model’s rights, copyright law for photos remains in the favor of the person who took the picture and ‘fired the trigger’. This is one reason why the macaque who took his own selfie and denied ownership was such a hot topic last year ( story: ).

With respect to the commons and to ‘model’s rights’ I release my images to the commons unless on assignment by a company who I’ve agreed to release ownership to. Photographers, never clutter your images with watermarks that obstruct people from seeing your work in all of its glory.

If you ‘must’ protect your images beyond what is already stated by federal copyright law, Digimarc for images is a much better approach ( FAQ: )

Design Thinking was acceptable in the 80s (in San Diego)

The fairest assessment I can make of San Diego’s behavioral economics (as the city that always sleeps) would be that it is governed by ‘Microsoft security policies’ and “a tax software company” who thinks they should have the monopoly on ‘design thinking’ because of their relationship to Apple back in the 80s.
(making your observations clear and ‘more known’ may bring you to a place where you are able to make ‘better fair assessments’, not to be confused with ‘conclusions’)

What will we embark upon?

At the time of me posting the video aboveΒ it will be about one week old. Services augment the way we relate to our environment and change the way we see each other. Sometimes these changes are not changes that everyone is entirely comfortable with. People resist change, they also resist what appears to be foreign or unfamiliar.

It is true that technology as a virtue alone serves humanity no good. It is also true that news outlets serve humanity no good when they cater to people’s fears about things that they themselves know very little about.

We need people behind the scenes making empathic design decisions about which fictions to execute upon so that we can learn to trust that the systems we embark upon everyday are there to assist us in our ability to make more informed choices.