Teammates say the best way to get Felix excited about something…

Share the big picture and vision

Felix is great at getting in the weeds quickly, but I think the best way to get him thinking big / outside the box is to explain the WHY and how whatever we're doing ties to the bigger picture. He's great at product and design decisions when he has the whole narrative in his head.

My biggest fear

Having no meaning or being insignificant and mundaneBeing trapped, deprived/limited, or in pain

I have a strong sense of what is just and unjust. If teammates, and especially managers, "get away with" or even be supported for behaviours that I wouldn't want to see in my work culture — I instantly want to detach from and maybe even leave a workplace. Red flag behaviours: PMs talking about my work but doing a poor job of it (just let me present smh); meeting cultures dominated by just one or two voices; "better than thou" management that won't give you the time of day; taking credit for my work

My core values

AchievementAutonomyCreativityFairnessSuccess

Achievement and success has always been a core motivation for me. (Lack of) fairness in the workplace has emerged as something I react strongly to – including just treating others with kindness. Autonomy and creativity balances out achievement and fairness – when the two sides are in harmony I'm happy!

The best environment for me is:

time for deep work in the AMzero meetingsdeep work time slots only

The best of my designing happens when there's spaciousness and time to think and explore. Peppering meetings throughout the day prevents the deep work to happen and I just choose the easiest or most familiar patterns instead.

I like to get feedback when its given…

in the momentidc just tell mewith contextwith examples

Just give it to me straight and quick. Recency and hard examples give me context for how to improve. Do NOT shit sandwich me (compliment-feedback-compliment) because I can see through it, you come off as disingenuous.

Things that deeply motivate me…

Making money💰Getting things done ✅Learning as much as I can 🤓Having unique experiences ✨Working with people I love 🥰

I equate success in life very closely with a sense of progress and building something meaningful in my work. This is usually done by working with struggling through learning on the job, getting compensated well, and having a good time doing it with people I like!

Teammates see Felix at work as...

Hard Working +2Creative +1Analytical +1Confident +1Reliable

Teammates say Felix gives great advice about

product jamsmaking things prettywhat to do in spaingreat sushi spotssounding board for ideassake

Teammates say one thing you might misunderstand about Felix is…

The nomadic lifestyle doesn't impact his productivity AT ALL.

This isn't true for everyone, but it is for Felix. I think some people might view traveling and moving around a lot as a distraction from work, but you'd never even know Felix was traveling if not for his amazing Zoom backgrounds. He's able to balance nomad life with work life insanely well. In fact, I think it helps his creativity to get into new spaces / do new things.

Teammates say Felix is deeply motivated by…

Making money💰Winning 🥇Getting things done ✅Learning as much as they can 🤓Having a good time 🕺Having unique experiences ✨Making their parents proud 🥺Working with people they love 🥰

Times I've seen Felix absolutely lit up: - When his parents were really excited about his photo in Forbes. That was super cool. - When he's doing Airbnb experiences and seeing the world! - When we start to see our hypotheses and product bets start to pay off. He gets super jazzed when our users start to "get it"

Teammates say one thing that might surprise you about Felix…

He can be very creative and generative if you push him.

Felix might start out relying on what he knows and showing off his tool chest from yeas of work in design. BUT the magic with working with Felix starts a few months in, when he feels comfortable to venture out of his comfort zone and push the envelope on what's really possible. He's very generative, creative, and willing to think outside the box if you give him the space and push to do so.

Teammates say Felix is energized at work by…

asyncgetting sh*t done.solving problemsjam sessions

Nothing gets him excited like an unscheduled jam session on a saturday. I feel like we do our best work and problem solving with lots of space to be creative. Felix really loves thinking through product decisions, even more so when he can do it on his own time.

Teammates say when Felix is stressed, they might…

Be quite short, abrupt, and impatient to move forwards.

Ask him what's up, offer to help, hop in Figma and help share the problem.

Teammates say Felix receives feedback best when it’s done…

just tell them

Felix is super receptive to feedback. Just talk to him.

My workplace

Warm weather, blue skies, being in proximity to mountains or trees, and good coffee.

I really admire teammates who are…

self-motivated, curious, kind, and confident in their craft.

I find myself drawn to small teams and startups because people must be honest with what they do and what value they provide. In larger companies, I've witnessed so many layers of in-between that spend so much of their day managing how they present to others. That's a waste of energy to me. I love teammates that just do things on their own, do it fast, and take pride in what they made!

One thing that might surprise you about me…

I sometimes unknowingly repeat what you say thinking it's my own thought.

What you said might not register, but it sinks in subconsciously. And then I repeat it truly thinking it was my own original thought. And this can happen seconds after you said it. I don't know why this happens but it does. I apologize in advance.

I learn best by…

doing ithearing someone explain itwriting it downtaking a course

I'm kind of reflecting on it right now while I'm learning Spanish. It made a huge difference when I had to write, and then review it later. Course structuring also made it easier for me to absorb an idea (ie learning future and past tense was best done by listening, then reading, then writing, then speaking, and then reviewing)

😬😧🥴 Recently went outside my comfort zone…

Contract renegotiations

It's the same as learning how to ask for a raise, except depending on the client they might see you as even more expendable and undeserving of any more than what was initially agreed upon – even if it was years ago

When I'm stressed, you might notice me…

being really short and rude, kind of disconnected. My head's somewhere else

Either give me some space or directly ask how they can help – asking this question helps me calibrate towards productive thinking, vs spinning out in the feeling.

Proud moment

Candor profiles are now full, beautiful, honest and informative!!

Having the right flow that encourages everyone to fill their profile fully has been months in the making. So happy to see people doing that organically now.

How I relax

ABnB experiences wherever I am. Water activities lately.

Kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing – because I'm doing tropical coastal travels

How I stand out

Consistently hits goals and is a high performerMakes decisions promptly, even with uncertaintyClearly communicates purpose and visionCollaborates effectively with teammatesFosters high performance teamwork

Give me a fuzzy, undefined problem. I'll get to the bottom of what is needed, articulate it, and deliver a clear vision or path forward on what's needed.

My happy place

Currently in Cartagena, Colombia — but anywhere that is always warm, generally not rainy, and not dry. With excellent coffee and some way to stay physically active.

A fun fact about me is…

I used to play a lot (10,000 lifetime hours probably) of video games

I see a lot of parallels in product design and so many patterns in the games I've played. Even Candor right now is heavily informed by deck-building rogue lites etc

I work best as a…

Some mix of execution and strategy. I love doing tasks and the high-level strategy conversations.

I like to see the shape of the entire forest that we're headed, and then dive right into the trees

Something that drives me crazy 😵‍💫 🤬

Pointless sync meetings that break up my productivity blocks

If it could've just been an email, some slack messages, comments on figma or shortcut, or it could've just waited til our next pre-scheduled meeting... why do sync? It takes about 1 hour to get into whatever I'm doing and to break that up is very disruptive!

I'm energized at work by…

asyncgetting sh*t done.building stuffsolving problems

Tell me some vague unsolved problem. Let it sit in the back of my mind for a day or two. I'll jot a bunch of questions and assumptions down, sketch some stuff out. Follow up with a sync meeting, more unsolved problems. Rinse and repeat!

My Achilles Heel is…

Procrastination

It's the hardest for me to just get started, so often I really do just put something to paper as quickly as possible. Otherwise I'll just never get around to it!

Things I'd love to learn

Spanish, Rive, Woodworking

I've been travelling to mostly Spanish speaking countries and forcing myself to use it. Rive will bring my animation background into my product design practice. Woodworking because it's the analog thing I want to do!

How I try to show up at work

Hard WorkingIndependentCreativeAnalyticalConfidentCurious

My areas for growth

Mentors and develops teammates for their growthCreates warm, caring relationships with teammatesPrioritizes common good over self-interest

My independent working preference has a natural edge with nurturing a high performing team. I've been working on being more present for my teammates.

You will make my freakin day if you…

respect my timejam with meshare a problemshare an idea

Me when sh*t hits the fan

When I was just learning the ropes with mail merges, I may have sent out 'thank you here is your $50 compensation' gift cards to a bunch of research candidates that we never even did sessions with...

Teammates hope to see Felix grow in…

Invests and is interested in personal and professional growthMaintains effective work life balanceMentors and develops teammates for their growth

Teammates say Felix stands out…

Willing to openly have difficult conversationsCreates warm, caring relationships with teammatesIntentional and strategic project planningMakes decisions promptly, even with uncertaintyCollaborates effectively with teammates

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