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Hello, I’m Ben Holliday. This is my blog where I’ve been writing for 15 years. You will find posts here about design, services, product and leadership. You can also follow my regular updates on Twitter.

Leadership

Dead wood is distracting

New models for service ownership and leadership

With more organisations working with service-oriented approaches to delivery in the public sector, this is increasingly leading to questions about models for service ownership in how we design, develop, maintain and improve whole services.…

Seniority, anxiety and dealing with confidence issues

A short follow up to my blog post about seniority in design.

These days, people assume that I’ve always been confident and comfortable speaking in front of a room full of strangers or having to speak up and lead …

The art of design leadership

Manipulating time and space - The Second Doctor

Manipulating space and time – The Second Doctor

“Design leaders are still designers, but they design different things. Teams, processes, and culture” – Kim Goodwin, Leading Design conference, London (2016)

Design leadership is making sure that other people …

The mission

Missions are built on words then actions

The mission
Image – nasamarshall

Mission: An important assignment given to a person or group of people…

The words we start with are important. I’ve been thinking about mission statements as something most organisations, …

Knowing when to fight and when not to fight

“One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.”

Rocky Balboa – Creed, 2015

Something I’ve learned.

If it costs you more than winning the fight is worth then know when to surrender. Learn …

The advantage of facing forwards

Sign pointing forwards

Image – hollidaypics

We all face forwards.

So there’s a choice. Whatever you’re facing, you can choose to work through what’s in front of you.

What’s in front of you is the next opportunity. It’s the next group of people …

Supersized. Making design work in large organisations

I’ve spent 20 months growing a design team in the UK government’s largest public sector department. Think of this as a mid-term report and what I’ve already learned working in the education, media, arts, and charity sectors.

In government I …

Disrupters vs Unifiers

Learning to play distinct roles at different times

skakespeare-macbeth

Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Act 2

I had to ask myself the other week – am I being disruptive enough or have I become a unifier? I think that there’s a distinction. Organisations go …

Good management is (still) a thing

As a manager, this is what I’ve learned so far

I aspire to be a better leader, but I spend much of my time these days ‘managing’. It’s probably the most important part of my job right now.

It feels …

Everyone wants to solve the problem

What do failing organisations have in common?

Everyone wants to solve the problem, but they want to solve it themselves.

That’s how you get recognition. It’s not recognised as success if you’re seen to depend on somebody else and this …

People, just do nothing

What matters. Building a design community

Hold your nerve