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, Desk moves, Running working groups, Team leader Venn diagram

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 Fairly(read 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)

Tips for Hiring Managers

Jul 23, 2018 • management

This post originally appeared on Making Meetup (read more)

Feedback Equation

Jul 15, 2018 • management

As I mention in my book Demystifying Public Speaking, humans are mostly bad at giving feedback. We’re also really bad at preparing ourselves to receive feedback. (read more)

Leadership Style Colors

Jul 9, 2018 • management

Search for “leadership styles” on Google, and you’ll find lots of different articles describing the various types and numbers of leadership styles. Here are some examples of articles that say there are five, six, seven, eight, nine, and twelve leadership styles. (read more)

How to Facilitate a Working Group Meeting

Mar 26, 2018 • management

This is where the magic happens. After you’ve laid all the ground work for organizing a working group (define ground rules, choose and invite attendees, plan your agenda arc, and communicate broadly), here’s what to do when you finally get your participants in the room together. (read more)

How to Organize a Working Group

Mar 25, 2018 • management

I’ve been running a lot of working groups as part of my consulting practice, leveling up product and engineering organizations. (read more)

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