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.

Personalities and Work

Personalities and Work

None of us is as smart as all of us.

So how do personalities and approaches play into working effectively as a unit? What can we do as team leaders and team members to make everyone work well together - and best serve the business as a result?

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.

Three Ways to Have Better Meetings

Three Ways to Have Better Meetings

As with most communications, meetings are all about preparing, being respectful of people's time, and offering clarity in everything. 

Here are 3 hacks to give your meetings an edge: