I build teams & culture
I've experienced many corporate cultures in my career and by far the most creative, effective, and enjoyable versions fostered a critical but supportive environment. A place where feedback is encouraged but must be truthful, fair, and constructive. I believe collaboration gets you much further much more quickly than heads-down individuals working on their own, and that happens best when team members trust and respect each other.
As I said goodbye to the 45-member Design team at HBO recently, I realized I had a role in hiring roughly 40 of them (three of the others had proceeded me). What I look for in a candidate regardless of discipline is whether they are better or different than who is already on the team, and will they make the team and studio better in some way? In this way we continue to build culture as we add skills and expertise to a team.
I manage projects at a team level. I recruit and hire. I set up intern programs and relationships with schools to feed the intern programs. I create useful team gatherings where information is exchanged in informal settings. I have managed many teams and individuals (although I would not consider myself a natural manager). When faced with a tricky design problem it is reassuring to know some combination of the talent you've gathered, following good process, will unlock the answer.