Networking Doesn't Have to Be Awkward

Networking Doesn't Have to Be Awkward

Many people treat networking as a transactional process in which they need to “sell” something: their services, product, brand, job qualifications. 

Yes, new relationships will often open doors to new jobs, clients, or sales. But if you’re only out to help yourself, others will quickly pick up on that, and your efforts will backfire.

Instead, approach networking in a thoughtful and considered way – as the relationship-building opportunity it is.

Making Remote Work, Work.

Making Remote Work, Work.

“Alongside the practical challenges of a diffuse workforce (staying present during back-to-back calls, working across timezones, reading nuance and tone from brief emails, and the like), a more pointed issue lurks: workplace loneliness. What’s more, you don’t have to be working from home to experience it. Employees who work in open-plan offices surrounded by team members can easily feel isolated, too, precisely because of the veneer of connection tech provides.

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on the challenges and opportunities of leading a remote workforce.

When Job Seekers Are the Culprits

When Job Seekers Are the Culprits

I recently wrote about “career ghosting,” the phenomenon in which recruiters abruptly stop responding to job seekers.

But job seekers aren’t just victims of ghosting; they’re guilty of it, too.

"Human Leadership" and Why You Should Care

"Human Leadership" and Why You Should Care

Mastering your career whilst also having a family/personal life will always be challenging. But there are things we can all do to make workplaces better for parents and nonparents alike.

Our Founder Ellie Hearne on the return to “human” leadership.

Avoid the Rabbit Holes; Work Smarter

Avoid the Rabbit Holes; Work Smarter

Despite our best intentions, we don’t always make the best use of our time.

Certainly we all want to get more done - so why does productivity often feel so elusive?

Find out what could be standing between you and your goals - and how you can work smarter.

The Workplace Challenge We've All Encountered

The Workplace Challenge We've All Encountered

It’s great that you graduated top of your class and can write code - but can you give a peer feedback about what they just said in your team meeting? Feedback that will make a lasting and positive difference?

For many leaders, that’s a hard “No.”

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on how companies are setting leaders up to fail - what can be done about it.