Redesigning Leadership

In this book, Maeda looks at the various experiences and lessons he’s learned since becoming the President of the Rhode Island School of Design.  As with Laws of Simplicity, he offers numerous personal anecdotes relating to the topic at hand, from encounters with his surgeon to students who don’t feel challenged to not having experienced the same discrimination as someone else.

Ironically, however, despite being full of examples where he claims to welcome criticism and muses on the need for in-person communication, shortly before the book came out, there was a vote of no confidence against his leadership by 147 staff.  According to an article on coDesign, some of the complaints by the faculty were that they were being ignored by Maeda.

References:

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663702/john-maeda-mulls-risds-backlash-against-his-cyber-style-leadership

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