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…

The Importance of Self-Doubt

I was recently asked why I would write a blog revealing insecurities about my abilities and qualifications as a People professional.  This line of questioning temporarily plunged me into a pool of self-doubt about my judgment and what the impact these admissions might do to my professional brand, but I quickly emerged with an even…

My Preparation Notes for the Udemy People Innovators’ Panel

Last night, I spoke on a panel of very impressive peers from GE, Compass, and Hometeam.  Many thanks to Safia and Darren from Udemy for conceiving, organizing, and facilitating the session. Unbeknownst to many attendees, there is a lot of prep that goes into these “casual” conversations.  At least, I tend to prepare a lot…

Thinking About Your Legacy

It’s pretty typical of retiring CEOs, lame duck presidents, and people approaching their twilight years to think about their legacy — whom and what they’ve influenced, what will be remembered and passed down. I don’t know if I’m unusual in this, but I think about my legacy a lot, and I’m only at mid-career (I…

Has HR Become Cool?

Who would have ever thought that HR would be as celebrated as it is today?   Over the past year or so, at least 6 HBR (Harvard Business Review) title articles were about People/HR, from “It’s Time to Blow Up HR”, to “What Makes a Great Leader?”, to “You Can’t Fix Culture”, “Diversity”, “Managing the…