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.

Managing Up

Managing Up

Managing up is all about getting the most from your working relationship with your boss. For some people, that can mean truly “managing their manager” because the boss is not delivering on basic things. For others, it might be more aspirational.

Ellie talks about what both types mean and how to succeed in your aspirations to “manage up.”

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.

Trust at Work - and Why it Matters

Trust at Work - and Why it Matters

In the business world, trust is rarely talked about but always in demand. In cases where colleagues aren’t collegial, often some element of trust is lacking. 

So how you pin down as broad and amorphous a concept as trust and make it work for you? How do you apply it at work?

Leading Whilst Female: Our Latest Group Offering

Leading Whilst Female: Our Latest Group Offering

Qualities we often associate with leadership are overwhelmingly masculine.

So, as we and others work to improve diversity and inclusion in hiring and representation, what can we do in the meantime to enhance how we are perceived, received, and, yes, promoted at work? How can we define our own brands of leadership – and dial-up the qualities that work for us, rather than against us?

Our founder shares insights into our latest workshop offering.

Speaking Up and Being Heard

Speaking Up and Being Heard

It can be challenging to speak up and have people listen to and remember your contributions - let alone give you credit for them. Ellie Hearne shares three proven techniques for speaking up - and being heard.