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.
Companies used to fear social media. They thought: if we don’t put our brand on Facebook or Twitter, it won’t be vulnerable to any negative communications happening there.
We now know that they were wrong. But years on, what have we learned?
Amy Spelman on the importance of taking control of your personal brand - and how to do it.
In work and in life, there are few skills as powerful or as underrated as listening well. But not many people are naturally good at it. And in business, listening well is a must.
“Becoming a parent is a drastic life change; going back to work after becoming a parent can be an equally staggering transition.”
Our own Amy Spelman on the importance of a savvy approach to “returnity.”
There are plenty of reasons not to try delegating, but the pros of assigning work to others far outweigh the cons.
“I came back early from maternity leave - twice!” She bragged.
As a leader in our company, her words carried more weight than she perhaps realized. Within the next 3 years, one of her team members had pledged to take zero maternity leave when she delivered (and that’s exactly what she did), another started assigning work projects to those out on maternity leave, and another took the maximum allowed, but felt bad about it and ended up taking on multiple work assignments whilst technically on leave.
In one throwaway remark, that leader ruined parental leave for her team.
Our founder Ellie Hearne on her decision to take a meaningful stretch of parental leave.