Last time I mentioned about not getting too comfortable in an environment, and keep exploring yourself while improving on your expertise. I would like to highlight on how it should apply to not only in our daily working routine but also to our life ( or career ).
To achieve our goal and or to do our research, we need to be empathetic. Why not start with the team. People might be intimidated by your title because you are a "designer" or may not understand what your exact job nature is.
We are curious individuals. We like to look for challenges and problems to solve. So those are from the same field, we should be running on the same method. There might be some introverts and extroverts out there, but we all appreciate ideas and engagements. I highly recommend that we all step out and connect with our global community of designers.