Capture Your Flag interview, educator and designer Jon Kolko answers “How Are Your Personal Experiences Shaping Your Professional Aspirations?” Kolko integrates personal and professional together into a life built around his design passion. He finds doing multiple things in design, from writing to teaching to working at a startup, aligns well with what he has seen from others: the happiest people are those who have multiple jobs and responsibilities. Jon Kolko is VP of Design at MyEdu and the Founder and Director of Austin Center for Design (AC4D). He has authored three books on design and previously has worked in design roles at Austin, Texas venture accelerator Thinktiv and global innovation firm frog design. He was a professor of Interaction and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and earned his Masters in Human Computer Interaction (MHI) and BFA in Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
LegacyYour significance in this world is not measured by what you have attained, or what you have left behind; rather, it is realized by what continues on without you.
Quality DeliverablesThe quality of a team's output is in direct relationship to their leaders' willingness to encourage, empower, and embrace their input. (Graphic)
Leader or Manager?An analysis of whether your most essential assets are anything other than your employees will be evidence of whether you are a leader or simply a manager.
The Key …Behind every storm cloud, there is a bright tomorrow. The key is in knowing how to find tomorrow, today. (Graphic)
PerspectiveOur perception is greatly based upon our point of view. Create a new perspective, by changing your POV. (Graphic)
By ExampleWhy would we ask our employee’s to perform a task that we ourselves are not willing to do?
Where is your passion?Our passions originate from experiences which have altered our perception …
Staff MotivationYour staff is not motivated by how much you know, but by how much you know, they know. (Graphic)
Control & PowerIf control and power is what you cherish, you will be no good to those under it. (Graphic)
Patience often surrenders to time, and dreams go unfulfilled… act as if time is fleeting, as it is.
No matter how hard you try, you can never be something that you’re not.