Is it time for you to level up your design team management skills? Brent Palmer shares how he has grown into the Product Design Manager he is today at Mixpanel. Learn how he got into product design, grew into leadership, and how he approaches management in a way that allows his team to bring their best each and every day! Read the article below to learn how to become a Socratic superhero, and listen to more of Brent's fantastic advice in the full episode!
From Questions to Success: How Socratic Superheroes Lead Teams
In episode 48 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Brent Palmer, Product Design Manager at Mixpanel, a leading product analytics software company.
During our chat, Brent shares how his career path led him into product design leadership and how he knew that was the right path for him. He advises where he has found success in managing a large design team and nurturing culture at scale while helping his team do their best work and flourish in their career paths. This episode is packed with advice for product designers at any stage of their career path, whether you are a junior looking to grow into a manager or a senior leader looking to improve your management style.
How to become a Socratic superhero
Brent has been leading design teams for many years and has developed his unique and evolving management style along the way. He learned most of his management advice during the highs and lows of his career so far, and his humble approach to management is an inspiration. Brent recognizes that he always has room to develop further but continuously learns and adapts his Socratic method of management as he grows in leadership. In this episode, he shares his advice on leading a team that can help themselves grow in the direction that will make them happy and fulfilled in the long run!
"We need to normalize individual contributors, like Principal ICs, Senior Principals, and Staff Designers, and make that okay. Leadership looks a lot different for them than it does through teams and people."
"It comes from a place of humility when you say: I don't have all the answers. In fact, there's probably multiple solutions here, and no one can say for certain which direction or design solution is best, so let's make some progress here, not be perfect."
Thank you so much, Brent!
Thanks so much to Brent for all of the valuable leadership insight! Collecting so many practical tips and tricks will help managers better support their teams. Listening to Brent's take on getting the best out of your team while allowing them to flourish in their roles and career paths was incredibly inspiring. We know that you all will gain so many new ideas to either help you level up to management or get stronger in your management role you are already in.
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes discussions on how to know if a team member is not going to be able to give the larger team what they need to succeed and what Brent looks for in potential team members to grow his team. Don't forget to follow Brent on LinkedIn and Twitter, and check out his website and blogto see what he is up to!
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