Book: The Four Tendencies

The Four Tendencies framework was one of the most helpful things I got from Better than Before, so I was happy it got it’s own book (Amazon). Having read Better than Before, and following Gretchen Rubin’s blog for years I did wonder if there was more I could get out of it, but once again reminded […]

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Be Less Afraid of Giving Feedback

  My friend Camille told me once that women get too much feedback, and men too little. I think about this whenever I think about feedback because it captures some of the baggage we bring to giving feedback. If you’ve got a lot of (low value) feedback you might think a lot about whether the […]

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Simple Leadership Podcast

I recorded an episode on managing managers. We talked about getting feedback, coaching, and why peer support is so important. It was really fun to record, and I hope you like it!

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One Year as 📱👑

One year ago today, I tweeted: ✨ first day @automattic ✨ — 🦔🦄 (@catehstn) November 7, 2016 Three weeks after that, when my support rotation ended… ✨ first day as 📱👑 ✨ — 🦔🦄 (@catehstn) November 28, 2016 As I recall, my friend James described it as “the most low key new job tweet”. I […]

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No Technically Speaking in 2018

About three years ago, Chiu-Ki and I were wondering around Copenhagen and we came up with the idea for Technically Speaking. We sent the first issue to ~100 people from the hotel lobby in Malmö, Sweden (we were both speaking at Øredev). It’s been such a great experience to build this project out of that […]

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On Improving Diversity in Hiring

Caveat: Diversity is more than gender. I’ve used gender in some of these examples because I have enough anecdotal data to support these theories wrt to gender but I don’t want to extrapolate beyond that. In general my policy is to test and measure women because we can actually have data for that, but then […]

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The AltMBA: A Retro

This summer I set aside four weeks and retreated up a mountain to focus on the AltMBA. Ever since it ended, I’ve been meaning to write a retro. At first I felt I needed some distance from it, then I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to say. I figure it won’t get easier with […]

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Bi-Monthly Rituals: The State of All the Things

At the end of last year, I somehow found myself as the lead of a team that was 4x as big as my previous one. Many things were different, but one of the big ones was changing from having one person on each platform who really knew everything that was going on… to having some […]

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When Your Job Gets Harder, Make a Friend

I don’t like to give advice but there is one piece I give reasonably often in various forms, and feel pretty confident about. When your job gets harder, make a friend. It’s easy to hide away when we get overwhelmed thinking the best thing to do is to “focus” and “get stuff done” and 💯 […]

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Monthly Rituals: Snaps

A few months ago, I started putting up posts like this each month. Some other teams started doing it too. I like the idea of encouraging people to take a moment for what they’re happy about, and the things others have helped them with.

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