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Level up the conversation about managing people, at work
We are co-creating the future of work.
Thoughtful readers and leaders who work in startups, media, tech, VC/investing — and more — are reading along with me.
There’s a very practical intersection between managing people at work, and the trends we see out there on our feeds.
What skills do managers need to practice and learn, and how do we learn them?
When reading to learn, how do we filter out the clickbait?
How will we evaluate how our own labor is deployed, and consider the human beings behind the products and services we use?
I want you to have the best information. Because everything that spins across our feeds about the workplace — it’s not equally good.
My approach is practical. I’m a practitioner. And we all have to go to work tomorrow, and do all of the things. Hopefully the right things.
Each issue of the free monthly newsletter orbits around a single theme relating to leading people at work.
The archive is here.
Sometimes it’s an essential skill, or best practice. Like setting goals, a woefully unappreciated practice IMO.
There’s always recommended reading — from pop culture to classics. NB: most business books aren’t classics.
It’s writing, about management and people at work. Not content marketing.
Bennies for members: Members Only
There’s an extra email each month, Members Only, which goes deeper: observing, analyzing, and sometimes debunking emerging management and workplace trends. It’s new, and evolving.
Beyond writing and dare I say “curating,” I’m experimenting with ways we can engage, together, around people and workplaces.
AMAs. On November 15 at 4pm EST, ask me anything on a video call about Performance Reviews. You’ll also receive my performance review guide for people managers.
Office Hours. I’ve been setting aside one day on my calendar each month for 1:1 phone/video chats on a topic of your choice. (Next up on November 29.) Obviously this doesn’t scale! It works for now, though.
And, here’s what I’ve been writing about:
Pattern Recognition, Members Only #5. We learn through stories. What are we learning from “how to” stories, in the form of trending business books?
Everything Has Changed. Members Only #4. The “now things are different” narrative is so prevalent in tech. Not a fan. One thing is different, though.
Failure to Respond: Members Only #3. Training won’t be the end of sexual harassment in your workplace. Listening will be.
You Don't Need A Culture Plan: Members Only #2. You need to change the way you allow people to treat one another in your workplace.
(And, hopefully it’s clearer today than it was when I said it in 2013: no, you should not have a keg in your damn office. No, I mean it. You really don’t.)
When members ask me questions, sometimes I answer them in Members Only. I also address topics like, how to self-diagnose problems in your working environment, questions to ask about management training, and staying on track for performance reviews.
If you’re fortunate to work for organization that provides budget for your professional development, what a great benefit! Make use of it with a Members Only subscription.
If more than 5 people in your organization wish to subscribe, check me for a discount rate for people managers in your company.
Are you a student? A librarian? A manager in a not-for-profit? Contact me for more info on organizational and student discounts.
Why am I doing this?
After more than a decade of writing online at my blog, and newslettering on and off since 1996, I’ve learned that some readers and subscribers are looking for more. More information. More ways to connect with ideas. More engagement.
So if you want more, I’m designing for you. It’s a work in progress.
At the same time, I’m designing for my business. tl;dr, you can’t write well for free.