• This is another week of travel for me, so I had less time to write, but I really wanted to share a poem I came across that reminds me gratitude can be found (and shown) everywhere. “Thank you” can be loaded, passive-agressive, kind, emotional or somewhere…

  • I’ve been writing a guide lately, so I went on this search for how to structure them well. Here’s a few I came across. These are mostly employee handbooks, but they showcase how to write a newsroom guide to XYZ pretty well, too. 18F Handbook:…

  • I took stock of things lately (this is what I do when on planes and my iPhone games aren’t distracting enough, nor is my Kindle) and I realized: When did I become “the man?” For so much of my career, I have rallied against the glass offices,…

  • This week was hard. Really hard. Not just a ton of really depressing news, but on top of that the media/tech industry saw a slew of layoffs. A friend emailed me asking how she could better handle this, as a manager, which reminded me that…

  • To give a recommendation for a potential hire, which is essentially backing someone with your words, is a big deal. It’s me saying, “I promise that giving you this name means that I believe this person fits this role and will succeed at it.” Too…

  • I was going to write this week about the precarious situation of recommendations, but then my brain got on a different tangent. You see, last week I had one of those weeks where I direly missed writing stories and working on things that moved much,…

  • Before I started this newsletter, I was desperately trying to find a book to help me be better at work, as a young, creative female leader. I am a book nerd, which means I turn to the written word to escape, live better and work…

  • We learn better when we write things down. That is what the studies say when I started this job, I said I would finally spend the time to do a better job organizing my day. I make my own planner pages because I have always had…

  • We learn better when we write things down. That is what the studies say when I started this job, I said I would finally spend the time to do a better job organizing my day. I make my own planner pages because I have always had…

  • The art of listening well. Erich Fromm is one of those philosophers/psychologists who write for humans. When I cam across this, I recalled being told it’s OK to tell a direct report “not right now.” You can say  “I want to listen to your worries…