Lara Hogan

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

Tag: Communication

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Woman speaking to camera with video player buttons underneathWant to communicate more effectively?

Check out my new Setting Expectations as a Manager video course to balance being empowering and being directive as a leader, and know when to switch up your approach.

When your coaching questions freak someone out

Apr 21, 2022 • leadership, management, coaching, communication

In my workshop on mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring, I talk about the difference between these three skills and how to employ each effectively. We spend a lot of time talking about what makes a good coaching question (like these 20 example questions!), like: make sure the question starts with the word “what,” be genuinely curious and open-ended (not leading), and keep it short and sweet. read more

The dreaded reorg

Mar 22, 2022 • leadership, management, communication

Back in 2017, I wrote an article about desk moves, and the surprising emotions we might see from our coworkers when a desk move is announced. read more

How to announce promotions fairly

Feb 28, 2022 • leadership, management, communication

This post originally appeared on Lead Dev. read more

Don't soften feedback.

Nov 15, 2021 • leadership, management, communication, feedback

When I talk about balancing being directive and empowering as a leader, the distinction between being kind and being nice often comes up. read more

You can be directive without being a jerk

Oct 26, 2021 • leadership, management, communication

Last newsletter, I answered a manager’s question about helping their team break the cycle of going in circles, while still being as empowering as possible. read more

My team is going in circles. Help!

Oct 5, 2021 • leadership, management, communication

“Lara, I’m a manager, and my team is kind of going in circles. We have a critical project deadline, I’m trying to keep everyone moving forward, but it’s almost like we don’t know who’s in charge of what and it’s slowing us down. One thing to note, we typically try to solve problems as a team. Do you have any tips?” read more

Demystifying Public Speaking: Now Online For Free!

Aug 24, 2021 • leadership, communication, presenting

Y’all. I’m SO excited to share that I’ve just published the entirety of my book Demystifying Public Speaking online. Making it accessible for you to read, for free. :) read more

Help Your Colleagues Take Real Time Off By Answering These Six Questions

Jul 14, 2021 • management, leadership, communication

Your colleagues need real, respected time off. After a time where we weren’t able to get away at all, disconnecting deserves to be treated as protected time. read more

How To Share Complex Company News With Your Team And Build Trust

Jun 22, 2021 • management, leadership, communication, leading-through-crises

There are a number of pitfalls leaders can fall into when organizational changes or world events start impacting our teams. By responding poorly, leaders will create a lot more strife down the line. So, when a fraught issue arises, how can we help our organization move forward in a way that actually builds rather than breaks trust? read more

The art of the tick tock doc

May 10, 2021 • management, leadership, communication

Let’s say you need to get a critical new message out to your team: like a teammate’s departure, or a significant change to the business strategy. It’s time to get familiar with the art of the communications plan: a step-by-step strategy for sharing new information throughout an organization. read more

3 steps for leaders to take in emergencies

Mar 31, 2020 • management, leadership, leading-through-crises, communication

I’ll keep this intro short, because I know your energy and attention are precious resources during this season. read more

Communicating big news to your team

Apr 23, 2019 • leadership, leading-through-crises, communication

As a manager, you’ve probably already been responsible for communicating a message from senior leadership to your team. Maybe you’ve had to give them a heads-up about company policy changes like a new performance review process, scary news like a reorg, or happy news like bonuses. read more

Actively listening

Apr 3, 2019 • leadership, communication

Hey, manager! read more

Week in Review Leadership Comms

Jul 31, 2018 • management, communication

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

Etsy's Charter of Mindful Communication

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

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