Maximize Meeting Productivity: Streamline the Process

Do meetings drag on while your other work piles up? Many organizations suffer from ineffective meetings. Here’s how to make your meetings more effective: define the host, share the goal, announce a customized agenda, and adopt the right process. Define the Host Know who is running each meeting: the host. Clarify who’s in charge ofContinue reading “Maximize Meeting Productivity: Streamline the Process”

The Importance of Leadership in a Rapidly Changing Industry: Lessons from My Time at Automattic

Today I announce my departure from Automattic. After almost nine incredible years of professional growth and development, I have decided it is time for me to move on and take on new adventures. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that Automattic has given me over the years. From the moment I joined the teamContinue reading “The Importance of Leadership in a Rapidly Changing Industry: Lessons from My Time at Automattic”

Forming the Foundation: Understanding the FSNP Phases of Team Development

When assembling a new team, expect to go through Tuckman’s FSNP phases. They are Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. The FSNP phases are a well-established model for understanding the different stages of a newly formed team. For a manager, it is paramount to understand these stages and accept that although the order and length ofContinue reading “Forming the Foundation: Understanding the FSNP Phases of Team Development”

Avalanche Week: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Skiing at Forty Years of Age

As I’m packing my gear and getting ready to spend eight days skiing in the Alps, I want to reflect on the series of events that took me, born and raised at sea level, to get on the slopes and enjoy this great outdoor activity with my family. “Come on, go faster! You need speedContinue reading “Avalanche Week: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Skiing at Forty Years of Age”

On Privacy, Transparency, and Trust

Transformational leadership inspires positive changes in those who follow. Transformational leaders are vibrant, enthusiastic, and inspirational. Not only are these leaders committed to the process, but they help every member of the group succeed as well. In modern organizations, especially in distributed environments where most work happens online, we cultivate transparency as a crucial culturalContinue reading “On Privacy, Transparency, and Trust”

Elevate your appreciation and deliver better feedback

A couple of years ago, my engineering team, which happens to be distributed over four continents and works asynchronously around the clock, was struggling to provide valuable weekly updates. Most of the updates were too generic, some too specific. A few were too verbose, and others were too superficial. Shall we write down every singleContinue reading “Elevate your appreciation and deliver better feedback”

Getting Rid of The Plastic Hairball

It’s a giant hairball made of old cables. It lives in every household, and it sits in a drawer somewhere. It’s made of old phone chargers, USB cables, a couple of obsolete adaptors, a few rubber bands, a hairpin for sure. I have it, you have it, everyone has it. In my case, it fillsContinue reading “Getting Rid of The Plastic Hairball”