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Author & Content Creator @corsoux.it

Advanced Prototype Lessons on Framer X for corsoux.it and Luca Longo

The moment you learn something, turn around and tell them to another person —- Steve Krug

You’ll always be more ready than you think you are. 

Becoming a good Coach takes time. With all there is to learn, know and become familiar with, it’s easy to tell yourself, “I’ll do this when I’m ready,” and get caught in a continuous cycle of learning in small increments. With this in mind, remember that we live in a world where “everything is a prototype” and by that sense, nothing is ever really done or completely ready (including ourselves).

Practice Design Thinking principles on yourself. 

Treat every opportunity to apply your skills as a Coach as a prototype for your next opportunity. Then, restlessly reinvent and continue to take yourself through the proverbial loop… always observing, reflecting and making along the way.

Be confident. Be proud. Be humble. 

Coaching is not binary. 

Much like design isn’t right or wrong. There may be opposing points of view on how to execute a particular exercise or how to handle an inquisitive question from a participant, but there also exists a lot of grey area in between. So how we react to situations in workshop settings, coaching scenarios or client engagements can be widely varied yet equally effective.

Stay hungry and curious. 

I’ve had — and continue to have — the privilege of working with some of the best minds in the industry.

Not only for Enterprise Design Thinking but at IBM as a whole.

Every team I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of has been a “rockstar” team.

Some of that credit goes to those who have made hiring decisions, but the common thread between all of them is that each of those “rockstars” have been hungry to learn and curious to grow… curious to solve problems, make an impact and provide value in areas that typically might provide mundane results.

If you’re hungry and curious, you too can be a rockstar.

Co-lead with others whenever possible. 

There is value in leading an engagement with someone else. Differing leadership styles, different personalities and the varying voices people hear are all positive for the overall experience — not to mention the redundancy in having two people ready to go in case one becomes incapable (I lost my voice for a client engagement last year but that’s something I’ll save for another time!).

Ultimately though, working with someone else gives you a chance to lead/teach as well as follow/learn in the same instance. It’s a very effective use of time and exponentially increases the rate at which both of you learn.

For every person that knows more than you, another knows less.

Use this opportunity to teach and mentor others.

Learn from one person, apply your learnings and then teach others what you know—this is one of the best ways to entrust new habits to your mind.