Moving ahead by creating visibility of your contributions

“How should I ensure that my work and my contributions get visibility within the company? What new skills do I need to move ahead?”

That is among the most used introduction question used in LinkedIn Career Advice, and I think it’s a very legit one: moving ahead has a lot to do with the visibility of your progress.

As an example, when I first joined Traveloka as a Design Lead, I was glad to meet my new team of 20 designers, which is a huge leap from the 2-5 team members I usually lead. I often read that prominent design leaders manage the team even bigger than this, therefore I think I’m on the right track.

What quickly happened though, is the realization that it’s hard to effectively track everyone’s progress.

Despite doing checkups, 1 on 1, and casual daily interactions, it seems there’s always someone that’s eluding attention by being less approachable, avoiding conversations, and stay silent in meetings, perhaps, believing that the less they share, the better it shows that everything is under control.

On the other hand, there are also a few that often popped up and pose conversation like “I need your opinion on this issue”, “Are you available for quick brainstorming?”, or even “I have problem with this stakeholder”.

Who do you think would leave a more memorable impression?

Those that speak up usually get the attention they deserve, why? Because despite their achievements, by speaking up they got to deliver their story, and research has shown that what changes people’s perception is a story, not data.

Do you know what kind of stories is most memorable? Those that provoke the sense of catharsis in its audience, by connecting on the emotional level.

Therefore, to get your contributions visible, there’s no other way than to connect those to your stakeholders’ emotions. Even better, get them as part of the story, and they will be there to defend you when it’s needed, like in the performance review season.

However, storytelling alone won’t cut it. There needs to be real progress within the story. You can only get so far with a mediocre story. Your story needs to tell about a significant contribution.

Therefore, for those still struggling with creating contributions, then ask your leader or coach on where you can create the most impact, as they can help to give you information on what is expected from your role, and how you can better fulfill those expectations. If there’s still a gap in the skills needed, your leader should also be able to assist you in creating an improvement plan.

For leaders, it’s crucial to have a system, and delegation of roles to effectively scale up your influence, therefore creating scalability (and sustainability) in your leadership.

Do you still have questions? Use the comment section below, or connect with me through LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram. (byms)

Experience Design Event Calendar 2020

As I lately encountered a lot of event-related informations during my upskilling and network-building, instead of painfully mark it on my persona calendar, I think it will be more useful if I put it in a shareable calendar instead. Doing it this way offers two benefits: Easier to read, as you can view it in either calendar or list view; Gives good sense of time, as it already marks the actual time slots so it reduces the cognitive load to map plain texts into real-time context.

Links:

To add your own design event to this calendar, please invite xdcalendar@gmail.com. (byms)

Career Building Options in COVID-19 Unemployment

Mind map of options for someone unemployed during covid-19 pandemic, by bayuamus.
Mind map of options for someone unemployed during covid-19 pandemic, by bayuamus.

“ILO estimates are that as many as 25 million people could become unemployed, with a loss of workers’ income of as much as USD 3.4 trillion. However, it is already becoming clear that these numbers may underestimate the magnitude of the impact.”(1)

As the issue of getting laid-off because of the Covid-19 pandemic has become more prominent, getting a new job is tricky, as it could mean changing industry, like doing product design for travel-related service into doing product design for a logistic service; or even shifting your career path altogether, like from doing UX design into service design. While shifting industry usually means adapting your skillset towards a new kind of challenge, the later means there will be a gap to facilitate: the more drastic the change is, the wider the gap is. How to bridge it?

For those finding themselves with no options, what should you do? Maybe you just simply need to look for similarity in a different place, realign your career path, or invent a new opportunity for yourself. How would you accomplish that?

Based on those running questions, I did some mappings about the possible options which combine between self and situation assessment, with branches that consisting of jumping back in, start your own business, or upskilling and education. The nodes incorporated could be a starting point in crafting a more detailed plan, tailored to each one of you.

The next step would be to gather the resources available to support these possibilities, and I have started that earlier in another post, feel free to suggest other resources you’re aware of.

About the mind map itself, do you discover other options or branches? Let me know what do you think in the comment section. (byms)

(1) COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our economies – http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_739961/lang–en/index.htm

Resources for COVID-19 Affected Workers

Image source: ABC News

Ever since the #Covid19 pandemic strikes and rapidly affecting the economy, we’ve seen massive amounts of laid-off around the world. People are suddenly out of jobs, which according to the statistics, sets the new level of unemployment.

Thankfully, we’ve also seen amazing efforts from people trying to help with the situation, either in connecting the out of job workers with companies that are still hiring, or facilitating other options like freelancing, entrepreneurship, upskilling, or simply to help ease the traumatic experience.

Looking for a similar job

For those looking for a similar job, the immediate need usually lies in facilitating the job application process, such as ensuring that their CV and portfolio are impactful, and the availability of references from the past workplace. For those going through interviews, help will be much appreciated on tips to improve the candidate’s ability to present themselves, and in rehearsing.

Looking for a different kind of opportunities

Last but not least, as every crisis hold tremendous chances for new opportunities to emerge, therefore mapping and forecasting will help identifying what would be the emerging needs of the “new normals”.

Should anyone is considering to realign their career aspirations, or start their own business, then the availability of related training and how to get funding will help in facilitating the transformation.

Listed below are the resources discovered through the good people in LinkedIn, and various other resources. Kindly reply in the comment should you aware of related resources, your contribution means a lot.

Thank you.


People & Job Listing

SEAriously Awesome People List – Unfortunately, given the changing economic climate, many startups are shutting down or having to lay-off awesome people. Our goal is to surface awesome talent, help folks find new jobs, and help growing startups find top talent ASAP.
#connect #jobboard #southeastasia #Indonesia

Amazing Design People List – Find amazing designers for hire. Discover 1800+ amazing designers worldwide on this community-led talent base during COVID19.
#connect #jobboard #southeastasia #Indonesia

Funding & Finance

Raising during Covid – list of resources for your Startup’s funding
#funding #startup #international

Free Financial Consulting (via Zoom) https://www.linkedin.com/posts/budiraharjocfp_covid19-activity-6656907806161113088-9o5h #finance #planning #Indonesia

Upskilling

Free online learning opportunities, including certification (otherwise costs ~15-50 USD), in response to the pandemic and isolation measures, find it here: https://lnkd.in/gkziCHc

Free online courses from Harvard University- https://www.linkedin.com/posts/talalalmurad_freecourses-covid19-stayathome-activity-6655517782710554625-Ug8t #upskilling #study

Free online courses from Open University https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue #upskilling #study

Learn German free – https://www.linkedin.com/posts/waitatiri_stayhome-dirumahaja-freecourses-activity-6655473572607287296-MJf5 #upskilling #study #Indonesia

Ivy League universities offer 450 free online courses: https://www.studyinternational.com/news/free-online-courses-ivy-league/

Support

Scholarship for S1 students in Mitra Pertamina Foundation University partners (UGM, UI, ITB, USU, UNDIP, UNAIR, etc.)- https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kinanthi-anindita-b7869b115_beasiswa-pertamina-sobat-bumi-pertamina-activity-6657452884193574912-yzoB #support #study #Indonesia

APD (Tidak) Sekali Pakai

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Agak kaget juga waktu diberitahu bhw rumah sakit yang menangani pasien Covid-19 perlu mengeluarkan uang sekitar 100 juta/2 minggu, untuk membeli ‘Alat Perlindungan Diri Sekali Pakai’. Itu baru untuk rumah sakit ukuran kecil-sedang loh. Sudah lah mahal, APD ini kenyataanya sangat langka di pasaran. Banyak juga ditemukan kasus di mana kualitasnya di bawah standar keamanan yang layak. Sayang, akhirnya ga kepakai deh.. Seorang SobaTorch yang yang berprofesi sebagai dokter, dua minggu lalu menghubungi Torch. Minta bantuan agar Torch mau membantu supply APD Coverall dan Baracoat (baju astronot medis itu, loh) –bagi tenaga medis di garda depan. Targetnya spesifik; harus aman, nyaman, kuat dan bisa digunakan ulang. Kebetulan Kemenkes RI sudah mengeluarkan peraturan yg membolehkan penggunaan APD reusable, selama dibuat dari bahan berkualitas tinggi. Jadi 2 minggu ke belakang, tim Design & Development & tim Supply Chain Management –termasuk CEO Torch pada kurang tidur. Mereka sibuk merancang produk, dan mengarahkan supply chain yang dimiliki oleh Torch untuk diperbantukan dalam pengadaan APD Medis ini. Kebetulan Torch punya network yang cukup luas dengan partner2 penyedia teknologi dan produksi di dalam dan luar negeri Setelah berulang kali berkonsultasi dengan tenaga medis dan ahli2 teknik produksi, setelah 4 kali pembuatan prototipe, dalam waktu hanya 2 minggu, akhirnya jadi juga final design dan rantai suplainya. Mulai hari Senin ini sebagian rantai suplai kita sudah siap memproduksi APD-APD ini. APD yang kami sebut Torch Med-Guard ini, dibuat dari Nylon H1/Polyester Pongee dengan lapisan water proofing ‘breathable polyurethane coating’. 100% water proof, memiliki mikropori berukuran 1-3 mikrometer yang bisa menahan droplet cairan yang berukuran 100 mikrometer. Tapi tetap bisa mengeluarkan uap panas tubuh manusia, berukuran 1.10-5 mikrometer. Jadi penggunannya tidak akan berasa di dalam oven. Bisa digunakan ulang berkali-kali, sesudah melalui proses sterilisasi dingin dengan cairan alkohol 90%. Reusable = ekonomis Kalau ada kenalan di RS atau lembaga2 sosial, silahkan langsung ke halaman info & pemesanannya > bit.ly/Med-Guard

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A surprising development from Torch, where they have created a reusable Coverall & Baracoat for medical personnel handling COVID-19 cases, which could replace the “Alat Perlindungan Diri (APD) Sekali Pakai,” therefore greatly reducing the cost of suspected patient handling. Heads to for the details. (byms)

One of the most important skills for Product Designers

Among the most important skills a Product Designer must have, well any kind of designers actually, is the skill of note-taking. It is too often that I witness very good designers got in trouble with their stakeholders due to occasional untimeliness, which after further investigation was caused by they forgot that they have those assignments or missed the details.

In a teamwork setting, such forgetfulness could create a bottleneck that creates a mess, delayed production or last-minute task reprioritization of the development team due to design unreadiness.

Upon note-taking, there are several goals to achieve:

  • Meeting minutes: what are the key takeaways of the discussion?
  • Action points or task: what to do next and by who?
  • Deadline: when it should be done?

While there might be a dedicated note-taker in a meeting, sometimes they fail to capture the details that are related to the individual designer’s role. While the team might also use task management tools like Asana, if it is not updated regularly then some tasks might not be mapped.

Among the tools I found useful for note taking are as follow:

  • Google Keep (Android, iOs, Web) – It’s versatile, simplistic, and accommodate different types of notes. It’s also come from Google meaning it’s easily integrated with other Google products like Google Tasks and Google Calendar
  • Apple Notes (iOs) – It’s simplistic yet powerful, and it comes along most Apple’s devices, e.g.: MacBook, and iPhone
  • Pen and Paper (real world) – good old notebooks that you can carry around, put in your bag, unlimited screen time, no recharging ever needed, timeless

What’s your favourite note-taking tool and why?