Thoughts

A collection of perspectives about design that I've collected over the years. A few of them are probably wisdom, but most of them are just naive.

Monday, 4 January 2021

Reflection on 2020

2020 has been a year of learning and growth for me, most of the time the painful way, but I feel that it’s also a year of gratitude and privilege. Here’s a recap, just written down by theme.

On life

  • There’s no more important thing in life than a family. Whatever happens to you, you always seek help and refuge in the family. Spend more time with them, and respect them more.
  • “Life is too short, do things that make you happy” rings true, but I would add, do things that make your family happy. Do the things that not only make you happy, but also others close to you. There’s no use if you are happy but your family isn’t. Everything circles back.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Thoughts on managing people

Managing people is hard. Not only you need to manage up, you need to manage down and around. I remember when I was promoted to a manager at Vrbo, suddenly my awareness is amplified. I can now see and listen to things that were not visible before: now I know what that coworker's desire is, and what his problems are. Now, they're my problems too. When you become a manager, you are carrying the team's perspectives with you.

Throughout my short 1-year management role at Vrbo, here are some things that I learned:

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