• My other half is brilliant. He is kind. He pushes me to ask for more money, knows I can take the responsibility. He tells me to stop working. He makes me sandwiches in the middle of breaking news. My other half is not perfect. He…

  • “I’m sorry, but I think this is best for both of us.” There’s lots of reasons people quit. They could hate their job. They could hate you. They could just be ready for something new. Their spouse might have found a better job in another…

  • Perhaps it is on my mind because I am going on a short, but needed vacation next week, but let’s talk about time off. We can all complain about not getting time off or not enough vacation, but for a manager, there’s also how to…

  • 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…