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DA Workshop Tāmaki Makaurau | Elevating Design Leadership: From Manager to Coach

November 22, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Elevating Design Leadership: From Manager to Coach

Do you manage people or lead a team in your role? 

Design Assembly presents a workshop to support you to navigate the challenges and opportunities you face leading people in your work.  We all can remember the best and the worst boss we ever had.  If your job is as only as good as your boss, how do we give our leaders the right skills to support their people well?

In a profession that thrives on innovation, collaboration, and pushing the boundaries of creativity, your role goes beyond just being a manager of people. It’s about becoming a coach, a mentor, and a catalyst for growth.  If people grow, studios and the work grows.  The ability to lead, inspire, and guide your people can make all the difference.

In this workshop, we will focus on practical strategies to help you transition from being a manager to a coach by giving you essential skills such as;

  • Setting clear expectations
  • Briefing designers effectively to get great results
  • Supporting your team with sensitivity.  How do adapt your style to theirs to get the best from them
  • Tackling potential sticking points and overcoming problems
  • How to give constructive feedback to allow the design process and project to keep moving forward. The best managers set individualized expectations and give individualized feedback
  • Discover how to align your leadership approach with your team’s needs and aspirations, ensuring that you not only get the results you desire but also nurture a culture of growth and creativity

Join us on this transformation and get ready to unleash the true potential of your design leadership skill set.  

Who is the workshop for? 
Anyone who has a direct report.
Creative leads, senior designers, design directors, creative directors, studio managers, account managers and studio owners  

What you will get? 

  • Practice of the coaching techniques and tools in a workshop environment to then take back directly to your day to day role.  This is not conceptual or theory, but practical application The three coaching conversations and the questions to ask your team
  • Comprehensive reference notes built from 10 years of coaching leaders, of the tips and tricks to move from Manager to Coach
  • A profile tool to help understand yours and your team’s learning, appreciation and communication styles to give you guides on how to adapt your coaching approach to the needs of your team

Previous workshops’ feedback from the DA community:

“I found the example coaching questions included very helpful and will try to incorporate them in to my catch-ups with my team. I would be keen on my team also doing the questionnaire for themselves as I found there were helpful insights in my report and was surprised by some of them.” – Mary Adams, Pōneke workshop attendee

“Smaller group, workshopping with different partners, Jase kept it very work-related. It was very encouraging and motivating.” – Camilla Lau, Pōneke workshop attendee

Cost of Workshop
Professional | Non-member $450+gst
DA Friend $350+gst (with access code)

Venue | Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

Meet your facilitator: Jason Biggs — The Strengths Collective

Jason helps workplaces and their people hum through coaching, workshops and self-sustaining tools that help you short circuit the process and DIY. His method helps to identify and play to yours, your teams’ and your organisation’s strengths, have better, regular and more impactful coaching conversations, and focus on the important stuff. Jason has worked in the corporate sector for over 20 years, marketing brands like NESCAFE, KLEENEX and HUGGIES. He thrives helping people understand why they do what they do and to leverage this to get what they want. He’s a commercial guy at heart so that means delivering good business outcomes. In the last ten years he’s coached hundreds of people either as individuals or teams and worked with organisations such as Spark, Nestle, Freightways, New Zealand Blood Service, Chapman Tripp, Downer, Fonterra, Kiwicare, The Tile Depot.

Thanks to our Design Assembly Partners BookPrintmychillybinPortfolioRocketspark and Streamtime.

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Date: November 22, 2023

Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Studio One Toi Tu
1 Ponsonby Road
Auckland, 1011 New Zealand

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