/Lara Hogan

Don't Worry, You're Not Wasting Your Mentor's Time tl;dr: Lara illustrates a concept of a Manager Voltron: "a crew of people who support you as you grow, each bring a facet of what an imaginary ideal manager for you would be." And even if you can’t imagine how you could help them today, it's guaranteed you will in the future.

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Feedback Equation tl;dr: Many of us avoid delivering feedback or deliver it too generally. Lara provides an equation of how to provide feedback well: observation of a behavior (e.g. your emails are short) + impact of the behavior (I don't understand your email) + question or a request (can you tell me why you write short emails or can you provide more context in your emails).

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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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