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Designer, artist, writer, engineer, scientist, academic and computer scientist John Maeda is a thought leader and Renaissance man who has lectured at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference. His elegant and insightful book, Laws of Simplicity, is an influential bestseller, and Esquire magazine named him one of the 21st century’s most important people. He is a National Design Award winner and president of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Maeda is an unconventional thinker who looks at matters differently – and acts accordingly. Here he writes in collaboration with Becky Bermont, the vice president of media at MIT Media Lab. getAbstract recommends this enjoyable, provocative read to anyone who wants a refreshing take on, and insightful perceptions into, the demanding universe of leadership.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why John Maeda’s leadership ideas matter,
  • What forces shaped his thinking, and
  • How leaders should think and behave.

About the Authors

The former associate director of the MIT Media Lab, John Maeda, is president of the Rhode Island School of Design, where Becky Bermont is vice president of media.



A Special Leader
John Maeda left his comfortable, prestigious and rewarding sinecure as a tenured professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to become president of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), America’s leading art and design college. This was not an easy...

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    Guest 7 years ago
    For Maeda to gain perspective, he worked in different positions at RSID. As a leader, it is so important to gain different perspectives from mentors and from those you lead. getAbstract is very helpful as I have access to gain different thought leader's perspectives on all topics.
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    Guest 7 years ago
    "As an artist, he believes leaders should embrace messiness, as artists do." sounds crazy but I agree. The paramount skill of a leader, in my opinion is to be as flexible as possible to catch and use every opportunity that opens up. You cannot possibly do that in a planned out day.

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