Editions

A semi-recent archive of editions

  • 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…

  • Do it. Make me uncomfortable. The other day, my partner told me his new boss gave him the following thoughts about his new job: “I want you to make me uncomfortable. I want you to take me out of my comfort zone.” This comes a…

  • What can we do now? I was at Bindercon this past weekend and heard over and over again that we, creative-type smart people, do not know what to do now. We are experiencing a “group depression,” as it was termed in one session. We are…

  • I know, it’s been a few weeks, but life sort of got in the way. We’ll just move onward…. What did I say again? Here’s the #1, biggest, most important thing I’ve learned about myself in the past year: I don’t communicate the way I…

  • New things happened to me this week, which were a long time in coming. But this newsletter isn’t about me, so…. Tips for finding your path When I launched this thing, I talked about how awkward I often feel because my career moves are seen as…

  • It is my birthday today. A day I love/hate because my mind is constantly thinking of all I have yet to do, and never acknowledging all I have done. So today I’m forcing myself to remember that I did things. I do things. A lot…