For the best part of the last year I’ve joined 30 other design leaders from across the world and across multiple disciplines, travelling to London and San Francisco, to learn from some of the top agencies, businesses, start-ups and product companies.
The Future London Academy Executive Program for Design Leaders is a bit of a mouthful, but the program has been a game-changer for me both personally and professionally. The specially designed course is broken down into five intense two week modules and taught by CEOs, CTOs, Executive Coaches, Psychologists and Heads of Design amongst many others.
Using the Bauhaus approach to learning, the course is structured around five focus areas of person, product, team, company and world, with each module digging deeper into the knowledge, skills and mindsets needed to develop successful companies of the future.
Everyday of the course is different with lectures by top talent from the likes of AKQA, Wise, SkyScanner and Google, activities to embed the learning, group work to deeply discuss the concepts and frameworks and incredible site visits to some of the top agencies and organisations such as Pentagram, UsTwo, Salesforce, Foster & Partners and Landor & Fitch.
The learnings for me have been huge. From understanding the mechanics of the business operations and finances, to learning about new revenue streams and venture capital, strengthening my leadership capability, solving business challenges and attracting and retaining talent. The diversity of perspectives, insights and wisdom shared by the experts and mentors with years of experience across architecture, interior design, product design and more, has helped shape and sharpen my approach, philosophy and outlook as a design leader.