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The Work-Life Conundrum

The Work-Life Conundrum

With every late-night visit to our email inbox or simple "no" to a work request, we make a decision about our personal-professional persona that impacts coworkers and loved ones alike.

Work-life balance is an elusive, yet important concept. Our founder Ellie Hearne shares her thoughts on the same.

Mentoring: How to Actually Boost Someone's Career

Mentoring: How to Actually Boost Someone's Career

If your approach to mentorship is solely about making introductions, you're doing it wrong.

Much like leadership coaching and Bitcoin, mentorship is much-talked about but not widely understood. Mentorship is about a lot more than making a few introductions and telling some stories. We compiled a few pointers to get you on the right track.

When the New Boss... Is You

When the New Boss... Is You

"We typically promote people not because they are great at developing teams and delivering feedback, but because they are strong individual contributors and they (hopefully) have the potential to learn the rest."

But what does that mean in practice? Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on learning to lead.

Check Yourself: Do You Live Above the Line?

Check Yourself: Do You Live Above the Line?

When we're met with a challenge, it's often easier to react hastily than it is to respond thoughtfully. 

"The line" is the distinction between curling up in a ball or blaming someone else and acknowledging what's happening or simply taking control.

The latter is leadership in action - and that's what living above the line is all about.

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne explains more.

Feedback and the Passive-Aggressive Boss

Feedback and the Passive-Aggressive Boss

"I'd like to tell you that I calmly asked for specific examples and set about changing my confident ways. But I can't tell you that, because instead, after I thanked my boss and walked out of the meeting with as much dignity as I could muster, I indulged in what might charitably be described as 'falling apart.'"

Reflections on the passive-aggressive leader at work.

"Titles Don't Mean Anything." And Other Works of Fiction.

"Titles Don't Mean Anything." And Other Works of Fiction.

"Like the parent who's afraid to tell off their child for throwing food in a restaurant, the boss who can't say no is doing no one any favors."

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne reflects on a primary trait of a green leader.