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Dave Malouf

Dave Malouf is a Consultant, Coach and Educator.  His mission is to help designers and design teams reach their value potential for the organisations they work with. He has been a designer, a design leader, and a former professor of design.  And brings this to bear with frameworks and methods to help professionals level up.  He is a co-founder of the Interaction Design Association, the co-founder of several conferences as well as a writer, a globally sought after speaker and workshop facilitator.

In this episode, Phil and Dave Malouf discuss the likelihood of having multiple careers, why you can unintentionally become a zealot and why having an insatiable curiosity can drive your career forward. Dave also talks how significant a part of your life your career is and why understanding people is such a useful skill.


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2 Top Career Tips

1) You will have multiple careers in your life. Being open to that reality helps you craft your story for yourself. It’s important to acknowledge that you will have those career shifts. Dave believes that he has had multiple careers even though they are all broadly within the digital product and service design field.
2) Stay curious. The mentees he loves the most are those who have an insatiable curiosity. They apply it to skills about also to learning about themselves.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Dave talks about his first real management moment.  This was at a time when he was shifting from being a web designer and learning about more traditional design practices.  Dave feels that, although not deliberately, he was becoming zealot due to having passion for what he was learning whilst leading a team.  However he wasn’t taking his team along on the learning journey with him.  He learnt that it’s important to make it meaningful to them and help them to join the journey.

Career Highlight

Dave says that the greatest success in his career is happening right now.  He has managed to find a voice for himself and at the right time.  Amplifying his voice and story has been successful for him as well as finding his strengths through understanding himself better.

The Future

Dave says that it’s a digital world, for good and for bad.  You can work in the field of information technology in any shape or form and impact any part of the world.  Dave then talks about working in cloud computing for Rack Space and the volume of e-commerce running on their servers.  However he subsequently learnt that organisations as varied as Cern and Notre Dame University were also using their platform.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

It wasn’t a conscious decision. Dave discovered the world of computers in the early 1990. He bought his first laptop and was thrown into the world of CompuServe and AOL and became addicted to it.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Go to where you’re going to find joy in your life because work is a significant part of your life. Also find the right manager that will help you to develop your career.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Dave says that he has received criticism about having a number of short term engagements on his resume. However he doesn’t believes that it has been a strength of his career, providing learning opportunities and a range of experience.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Go for a Design MBA, providing a formal background to business. Dave says that he is particularly interested in business operations.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Stabilising his relatively new consultancy practice and making it a solid business.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

It’s all about people and understanding who people are. Dave applies it to building relationships and navigating politics.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Conferences is a big part of this. Attendance, creation and teaching are all factors.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Dave says that he loves to travel, which being a consultant and a conference speaker enables him to do.

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