When starting a new job, there is a reasonable instinct to copy-and-paste your old ways of working into your new setting. You were, after all, very likely hired to do some version of that. However, this approach will ~always lead to some degree of organ rejection for you and/or for the company. Remember, your day … Continue reading New gig? Play company archaeologist and anthropologist
Team meetings are a cornerstone of team-wide communication and team culture. This becomes increasingly true as teams grow- recurring team meetings may be the only time that everyone on the team is in the same place at the same time. I’ve observed patterns in team meeting norms emerge as teams reach and then pass the … Continue reading Try using team meetings as a chance to collaborate instead of just update
There is no substitute for empathy in work (or any) relationships. The more we understand each other’s perspectives, the more we trust each other. The more we trust each other, the better we are at working together. I think all companies should invest in finding structured forums for employees to really, really get to know … Continue reading Getting to really, really know each other
Crossfunctional projects are often the some of the most dynamic and interesting. You get to talk to lots of different kinds of people, access new tools, and tap into a diverse set of skills. These are also the projects are particularly susceptible to inefficiencies. And, these inefficiencies are often exacerbated as the company, and lattice … Continue reading How others think you are project managing is how you are project managing.
Day 1 at a new job is scary for anyone so when a new person is joining your team, it is oh so important for the existing team band together to 1- make sure she feels welcome and 2- provide a clear path to productivity. Even if a company-wide onboarding program is in place, team-specific … Continue reading Onboarding new team members
I love stories. I like reading them and listening to them and watching them. I also love telling them and helping other people tell them. Stories are so powerful because they go straight for the heart. In the business setting, where it’s much more common to go for the head, the story can be all … Continue reading Say it with a story
My first job out of college was rough on the soul. My privilege in feeling this way is not lost on me but it still hit me hard after graduating. I worked in a cramped room without a window for ten hours a day in front of a desktop computer I felt I couldn’t step … Continue reading Why ‘so many rootlets’?