Head of HR Lori McCleese on Automattic’s Learning and Development

  I'm excited to see that Culture Amp's blog features Automattic's Global Head of Human Resources Lori McCleese sharing our latest efforts for learning and development: Three tested approaches to driving learning and development. As an Automattic employee and team lead I've benefitted directly from these perks and benefits — from private leadership coaching in a 1-1 … Continue reading Head of HR Lori McCleese on Automattic’s Learning and Development

Leadership Gap: Scaling Presence With Distributed Teams

In my practice as a team lead at Automattic I keep coming back to the challenge of scale. Scaling up both in scope and in size, taking on larger projects and bigger teams with more overhead and management. Going from a small team paying attention to one product all the way to a group of teams … Continue reading Leadership Gap: Scaling Presence With Distributed Teams

Get Involved: Engineering Managers Community

If you manage technical teams, are looking to grow and learn and broaden your network — you might enjoy connecting with this community of peers from all around the world: Engineering Manager Slack. I've enjoyed participating in the discussions around books, conferences, remote companies, and more. Useful to both get a new perspective once in a … Continue reading Get Involved: Engineering Managers Community

No Job Is Beneath You

No job is beneath you. In a similar vein as killing your ego, be eager to jump in and get dirty with your team. Garrett St. John Read the full article: Humility in leadership. I've been enjoying Garrett's Technical Leadership email newsletter — they arrive with perfect timing for certain issues I'm dealing with at work and … Continue reading No Job Is Beneath You

Synthesis: Navigating Levels Effectively

One of my favorite takeaways from Principles by Ray Dalio is the notion of above-the-line and below-the-line (hat tip: Matt). Dalio describes how to navigate both levels effectively in both work and life. To synthesize well, you must 1) synthesize the situation at hand, 2) synthesize the situation through time, and 3) navigate levels effectively. Synthesis, … Continue reading Synthesis: Navigating Levels Effectively

Sensible Ideas

To engage you need sensible ideas. It’s not enough to be the squeaky wheel. Barack Obama said that politicians and governments respond to people making noise and demands. But the biggest mistake made by activists “is once you’ve gotten the attention of people in power then you have to engage them and have sensible ideas.” … Continue reading Sensible Ideas

Rare and Valuable Skills

The goal of my career philosophy is to craft a remarkable working life. The definition of “remarkable,” however, differs for different people. On one extreme, it might capture a life of power and respect, where you’re at the center of important matters. While on another, it might capture a life of exotic travel with a … Continue reading Rare and Valuable Skills

Extract Your Own Insights

Don’t ask for advice. Ask for experiences. Then extract the insights yourself. Via the "Top Performer" class notes from Cal Newport and Scott Young.

And Then Grace

The work you do when you are graceful is what we need, now more than ever. —Seth Godin, in Graceful This path is before me, whether chosen by the universe or because I've listened and cared deeply. Craft first, then connection, and then grace.

A Decision Without Action Is Only a Hope

A decision is only a hope until carrying it out has become somebody's work assignment and responsibility, with a deadline. Who has to know of the decision? What action has to be taken? Who has to take the action? Make sure the people who have to take the action are able to do so. Note—the … Continue reading A Decision Without Action Is Only a Hope