I got to know Rich over a period of creative block, when I needed support to get back into my art of painting. He gave me useful techniques and approaches to get creating in a regular routine. Rich has an approach of gently, but firmly, pushing me into new areas and challenging my preconceptions. Most of all, Rich encouraged me to regularly create, and if I had a spell of inactivity I knew he would be firm in his advice to get making again. It has now been approx. 3 years since I met Rich, and I still hold to my routine and will still reach out to him if I need to discuss any creative hurdles or to simply get some feedback.
I have struggled with the business side of my creative practice and haven't been able to make my creative work financially viable in the modern world. Rich was able to identify the block and work with me to tease out a solution to overcome the aspects that have been holding me back. His approach was practical and grounded whilst allowing for my individual needs and creative flair.
I grew a lot of respect and admiration for Rich's creativity and leadership when we worked together, which lead me to approaching him about a mentorship relationship. Happy to oblige, Rich gave plenty of invaluable advice which helped me grow personally and professionally. Most memorably, Rich gave the exact insight, encouragement and support that I didn’t know I needed to get out of a heavy creative rut. With patience, a little bit of brute force, and plenty of solid counsell, Rich mentored me into a healthy and productive creative space. Rich has all the experience and attitude it takes to be a great supportive and creative leader, and I really hope to work with him again soon.
For the past 6 months, I have had the pleasure of meeting with Rich as part of an ongoing mentoring relationship. Throughout our sessions, Rich has supported me to better understand and explore themes such as resilience, gaining alignment, designing my own time, improved communication and other soft skills that have enabled me to become a better professional.
Under the guidance Rich has provided, I have increased confidence in my own ability, my growth has been recognised by my senior management team and I feel better prepared for taking the next steps in my career. Reflecting on all of the personal development I have undertaken in my professional life to date, my time with Rich has been by far the most effective.
I have had the privilege of working with Rich as my mentor for over a year. In this year, Rich has been a pillar of support to help me carve myself towards the path of leadership and get closer to my goal of becoming a Senior Product Designer. I had the freedom of bringing any topic to the table, be it a stressed out day due to constant context switching or me taking a leap of trust in the arranged marriage system of India and marrying someone that my parents thought would be a good match for me.
Rich has always had an open-mind, and always taught me how to stay humble. He went one-step beyond and suggested me conferences and workshops that guided me in the User Experience field. Even though I have been in the mobile design space for the past several years, I now am in a place where I work with web squads on their design flows and well-recognised by the team I work with, thanks to Rich's support and giving me the belief that I can do it in the first place.
Finally, I was recently promoted at work as a Senior Designer and I'm proud to say that this wouldn't have been possible in such a short time without Rich's backing.