/Lara Hogan

Why "Bring Solutions Not Problems" Doesn't Work tl;dr: When a leader uses this line, it means (1) Your leader can’t / won’t listen or care about this thing, or (2) You need to step up your game and adapt. Lara also lists open questions to ask in place i.e. "What could we try?" or "If you could wave a magic wand, what one thing would you change?"

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We Need To Talk About Your Q3 Roadmap tl;dr: People are "exhausted and depressed" from the pandemic, police violence, hate crimes. Burn out amongst employees is frequent. Lara outlines how adjusting your upcoming roadmap and leave policies can help.

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Being A Manager In Terrible Times tl;dr: There are two primary ways we can support direct reports: proactively, by creating a supportive and safe environment, and reactively, responding to individual crises. Lara outlines both.

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How To Be A Sponsor When You're A Developer tl;dr: You don't have to be a manager to sponsor someone. Lara provides a framework of real-life, non-managerial examples facing within the org and outward, and when speaking to your sponsee and to others.

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Managers: What Do You Do When Your Teammate Shares Their Grief? tl;dr: (1) Have a simple response, such as “Oh, I’m so sorry” (2) Don't try and solve their problem or make this about yourself. Ask open questions instead. (3) Mirror their energy, use body language (nod, eye contact) (4) Create silence and space. (5) Consider your role and how to help. (6) Follow up.

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What Does Sponsorship Look Like? tl;dr: A 2017 post - "studies have shown that women (and nonbinary folks) are over-mentored, but under-sponsored." Sponsoring is about "fighting to get somebody a promotion, mentioning their name in an appointments meeting, etc..." Lara outlines examples of what sponsorship looks like, in practice.

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