Lara Hogan

Author, public speaker, and coach for managers and leaders across the tech industry.

Blog Posts

Topics: management, giving presentations, inclusion

Popular posts: First 1:1 Questions, Advice for a new executive, Being a manager in terrible times

Actively listening

Apr 3, 2019 • leadership

Hey, manager! read more

Roleplaying Difficult Conversations

Mar 6, 2019 • leadership

As a manager, I had no idea how to handle my first disruptive teammate. The work environment was becoming less and less psychologically safe; the rest of the team had started to work from home more to avoid being yelled at by her. But she rarely acted out when I was around, so I found myself struggling to give this teammate feedback. read more

It's performance review season!

Feb 12, 2019 • management, leadership

Ah, performance reviews. The season that eats up most managers’ spare time as they collect and synthesize feedback from others. The season that ramps up anxiety in teammates as they wait to hear what’s been said about them, and whether or not they’re gonna get that promotion. It’s both draining and tedious, and tremendously important. read more

Improving Cross-Functional Relationships

Jan 22, 2019 • leadership

Right after the new year began, I started to hear this question from a bunch of my coaching and workshop clients. Whether they were thinking about roles in product, engineering, design, project management, or another business function, it seems to be the season to tackle the fault lines between peer leaders across functions. read more

Tools for Introspection

Dec 6, 2018 • management, leadership

As you wrap up the year, and as you reflect on your role as a manager or leader, I encourage you to develop a one-line leadership philosophy that you can share with your mouthwords in the new year. read more

Coaching Reflections

Nov 13, 2018 • management, leadership

In my full-day workshop for managers, I lead participants through a series of exercises to become better mentors and coaches for their direct reports. read more

Fairness and management

Sep 11, 2018 • management

I’ve been thinking a ton about fairness since I came across this HBR article: “Research: When Managers Are Overworked, They Treat Employees Less Fairlyread more

Advice for a new executive

Aug 30, 2018 • management

When I was getting ready to join Kickstarter as VP of Engineering, Chad Dickerson (who was the CEO of Etsy when I worked there) offered to send me a bunch of advice. Chad had been a CTO multiple times before being CEO; he knew that this executive-level role was brand new to me, so he offered to help give me a steer and a foundation as I walked into this totally new territory. read more

Acknowledging When You Mess Up

Aug 22, 2018 • management, leadership

We all mess up sometimes. read more

Week in Review Leadership Comms

Jul 31, 2018 • management

As an Engineering Director at Etsy and VP of Engineering at Kickstarter, I sent a “Week in Review” document every two-ish weeks to my whole team. This doc helped me set records straight, disseminate info to lots of people at once, and open up conversation internally, while reflecting on the themes that had come up in weekly one-on-ones, backchannels, team meetings, etc. read more

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