Lara Hogan

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

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Topics: management, giving presentations, inclusion

Popular posts: First 1:1 questions, Desk moves, Running working groups, Team leader Venn diagram

Dealing with your wage gap

Jan 8, 2018 • inclusion

“serious question: say you’re in HR and a woman comes to you with, my (male) coworker with same title/years of experience/performance rating is making 47k more than me. what are you supposed to do? what can you do?” - @amyngyn (read more)

When your manager isn't supporting you, build a Voltron

Jan 4, 2018 • management

In my years of coaching managers and individual contributors, I’ve routinely heard the following complaints about their bosses: (read more)

Dealing with surprising human emotions: desk moves

Dec 22, 2017 • management

Dealing with surprising human emotions is one of the most challenging aspects of being a manager. Generally, when someone appears triggered, or angry, or some other strong emotion that’s surprising, it’s likely that their amygdala has been hijacked, which I’ve written about before. Our amygdalas are in charge of our emotional reactions, and they’re critical to our “fight or flight” decisionmaking process. When our core needs feel threatened, our amygdala kicks into high gear. (read more)

Etsy's Charter of Mindful Communication

Sep 26, 2017 • management, etsy, inclusion, leadership

While I worked at Etsy, the company’s Culture & Engagement team rolled out the following “Charter of Mindful Communication”. I’m not sure if it’s been updated since, but I’ve found this language incredibly useful throughout my work ever since, and even brought it over to Kickstarter. I hope it’s valuable to you! (read more)

Tracking compensation and promotion inequity

Sep 24, 2017 • inclusion, management

Plenty of tech companies are attempting to make their pipeline of candidates more diverse. But an organization won’t find much success recruiting a more diverse group of employees unless its leaders are aware of their existing internal inclusion and equity issues. Unless leadership has already started to tackle these issues, it’s likely that these new hires will enter into an environment that they won’t want to stick around in for long. (read more)

Manager handoffs

Sep 14, 2017 • management

Y’all know how crucial I think one-on-one’s are for managers to get to know their direct reports: what they need from their manager, how they like feedback, what makes them grumpy, and so much more! But what happens when a person switches managers? (read more)

Etsy Lessons

Jun 16, 2017 • etsy, management, inclusion, leadership

During my four and a half years at Etsy, I learned a ton, from a ton of people. Honestly, the lessons are innumerable, and I’m forever indebted to this crew not just for letting me learn and grow there, but for all that they taught me. Here are just a handful: (read more)

What does sponsorship look like?

May 14, 2017 • management, inclusion

The difference between mentorship and sponsorship
Illustration by Catt Small
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Why can't they just...?

Apr 21, 2017 • management, leadership

Stealing a page out of other leaders’ books, I began writing a “Week in Review” post every two weeks or so at Etsy, with a link open to anyone internally, and a distribution list of the people in my organization. I used it as a reflection on themes that were coming up in weekly one-on-ones, backchannels, team meetings, etc. (read more)

Managering in Terrible Times

Feb 3, 2017 • management, inclusion

These are terrible times. You may be facing these events head-on as a member of a marginalized group or as an ally, and if you’re a manager, you likely have direct reports who are doing the same. (read more)

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