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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.

The Why (and How) of Delegating

The Why (and How) of Delegating

There are plenty of reasons not to try delegating, but the pros of assigning work to others far outweigh the cons.

Leaning Back? Parental Leave at Pencil or Ink

Leaning Back? Parental Leave at Pencil or Ink

“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.

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Our founder Ellie Hearne on her decision to take a meaningful stretch of parental leave.

Making Workplace Feedback Work for You

Making Workplace Feedback Work for You

Feedback is a gift, but it shouldn’t feel like an ugly Christmas sweater.

So what better time than the holidays to look at how feedback can be used to help a team, an individual, or company excel - without causing hurt feelings or low morale?

Ellie Hearne shares more.