Clearing the Mind Clutter

I have been on a 3-month hiatus from thinking about anything related to People Operations, which has enabled me to step back and view the role from an almost-outsider perspective.  Now, as I’m considering what I want and need in my next role, my brain has been firing up all kinds of ideas, and my…

Organizational Citizenship

I don’t remember where I learned that my job is to make my manager successful, but I think it may have been at McKinsey.  Obviously that wasn’t the entirety of my job, but it was an important part. I say this, because I’ve held onto this belief, and added to it, by also considering it…

Removing Writers’ Block

I just came home from a run in 94-degree heat, so it may be the delirium that is getting me to write this.  But I think it’s more that I’m tired of second-guessing my blogpost ideas. I often think about People-related topics and my work experiences while running, and maybe it’s the runners’ high that…

Strategic Planning

I was recently asked to lay out a strategic planning process that I could potentially implement.  Oddly, I like doing this kind of thinking, so spent a few days mulling over what my ‘ideal’ structure would look like.  In my career, I have witnessed only a few such processes up-close, and recognize that the devil is very…

I Wish Someone Would Invent…

Probably like a lot of other people, I am often struck with random invention epiphanies.  I’m not looking to become an inventor, however.  I just wish these things would exist.  E.g., About 10 years ago, I wrote to Martha Stewart and suggested she create an app that offered simple recipes for people who have only 4-5 things…

“Self-Care”

I have a viscerally negative reaction to the term “self-care”.  It evokes the old “Calgon, take me away!” ads with ladies in bubble baths.  And — perhaps because I never understood the utility of bubble baths (is it to clean?  to relax?  how relaxing is it to sit in cold water?) — I’ve always felt…

[draft] Core Principles

…am facilitating core principles for company.  makes me think about what are the values of my ideal company?  2 minute-brainstorm: Personal well-being = professional well-being.  Recognize that how your life outside of the office affects your impact inside the office.  Encourage personal pursuits and time. “Yes, it’s your problem.”  People should identify and own problems,…

Guest Blogpost I wrote for Scaling.NYC re: Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

A typical startup’s Head of People owns an ambitious and ambiguous agenda, usually with an anemic budget and very little guidance.  Prioritization and proper phasing of initiatives, therefore, becomes a key success factor (and essential for team sanity and well-being! 😉).  When your daily decisions can impact whether or not people are getting paid properly;…

Greenhouse Blogpost about 1stdibs’ People Team

I was recently asked to contribute to Greenhouse’s blog about the New People Teams.  You can find my post here and below, alongside posts about other progressive People Teams such as Flatiron Health, Bonobos, Enigma, and more. 1. Can you give us a quick overview of 1stdibs in general and your People team specifically? 1stdibs is the…

My Preparation Notes for Impraise Panel, Nov 15

I was lucky to be invited to speak on a panel hosted by Impraise, the performance management software company out of Amsterdam.  On the panel were the Heads of People from Updater (ex-Tumblr) and Pond5 (ex-Grubhub/Seamless). We received some of the questions in advance, but the moderator, Arthur Woods from Imperative, went off-script which led to…

The 3 Necessary Components for Employee Engagement in Role (+1 more)

I’m preparing for a panel discussion this upcoming Tuesday about performance management and employee engagement, and wanted to share a quick insight with you.  I’ll share my full ‘transcript’ next week but thought this excerpt about employee engagement might interest folks: As it relates to the workplace, I would say there are 2 types of…