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This Human by Melis Senova

Helping designers lead.

Enabling senior design professionals to be more influential within their organisations. ✨ Author of this human and design character, published by BIS Publishers.📚

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💚 The Key to Empathetic Design: Practicing Mindful Attention

How do you press hold on meaning making? Look to Mindful Attention. Last week we covered four main types of attention as they relate to design and leadership. This week, we're pausing here for a deeper look at mindful attention. Imagine a design scenario where you are in a group interview. Different people are sharing different aspects of their experience. They are simply describing what happened and what they did. A participant says something that you quickly interpret and extrapolate the...

6 days ago • 2 min read

Think of attention... ...as current awareness, in the here and now, to the exclusion of other stimuli. Mostly we can direct our attention, and sometimes it gets hijacked, especially in the buzz buzz, beep beep of modern life. We can magically move our attention. The more we are aware of where it resides, the more we can master where to direct it. Let’s understand different types of attention in the context of design and leadership. Sustained AttentionThis is our ability to focus on one task...

13 days ago • 3 min read

Your attention please Picture this…two friends meet at a busy café. One of the friends, Billie, is having a tough time. Their friend Charlie sits quietly, listening intently, offering empathy and compassionate support. Billie feels seen and heard. Their troubles ease. Here, Charlie’s attention is a moral act, fostering connection and understanding, serving her friend in need. Let’s add one element to this story: Charlie's phone is on the table. It buzzes incessantly, tempting her away from...

20 days ago • 2 min read

Remember that song? The one by SNAP that goes "I've got the power" Snap Ive Got The Power GIFfrom Snap GIFs The truth is, as designers and leaders, you do have a lot of power. You are creators. You bring things into the world that will impact others. So, understanding your own values is crucial. It helps you see how your perspective influences your work. Sometimes, it's about truly connecting with someone else's viewpoint, staying open and neutral. This is especially important when you're...

27 days ago • 1 min read

What's your story? This week, let's dive into how stories mirror our values and shape our lives. They offer insights into what truly matters to us and others, conveying timely lessons and prompting reflection. Tales of resilience or justice can inspire us, fostering clarity and confidence to lean into our own values and act in alignment with them, often in service of something greater than ourselves. Stories not only aid personal reflection but also build connections and empathy. They bridge...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

But wait! There's more... Welcome to Part 2 of 'Knowing and Harnessing the Strength of your Values' Last week we covered how Values: Direct your attention Direct your priorities Define your standards Now we'll explore the final two points (4, 5) 4. VALUES DEFINE your BEHAVIOURS Values serve as guiding principles, shaping behaviours and choices. For instance, if you prioritise benevolence, you'll likely focus on caring for loved ones and colleagues. On the other hand, valuing stimulation may...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hey human, why are values so important? Over the next two weeks, we'll look at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 reasons why. Let's jump in... 1. VALUES DIRECT your ATTENTION Understanding what holds significance for you directs your focus. As someone committed to growth and having impact, your attention will naturally be drawn towards projects and people that align with your personal motivations. It's crucial to recognise what (or who) you might overlook if you don't immediately resonate with it (or them). In...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

What is most important to you? This is another way of asking what are your values? Right now, humming away in the background of your being, is a set of values that direct your attention, influence the meaning you make and guide your actions. What you value informs everything you do. Getting to really know your values sharpens your self-awareness, which is why we'll be spending some time with them in the coming weeks. Starting here... We've put together a one-page infographic with an...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

How hard are you pushing yourself right now? I'm willing to bet you're a productivity powerhouse. People rely on you. You consistently show up for them. You solve problems. You get sh*t done. If you don't do it, who will? It's easier to do it all yourself. At some point, you've decided this is the only way - and it's become a belief. And that belief may be surrounded by feelings of guilt if you don't keep meeting those high standards you set for yourself. So you keep pushing, and you keep...

2 months ago • 1 min read

What happens when intention meets action? Let's find out... Welcome to the final step of the beliefs process. Step 1 was about uncovering your beliefs in a given context. Step 2 was about deepening your understanding of those beliefs. Step 3 was about creating new, more supportive beliefs. Step 4 is about taking consistent action to make your new beliefs your new reality. Get the Step 4 attachment at the bottom of this email. This final worksheet in the beliefs process is actually the most...

2 months ago • 1 min read
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