Professional Relationship Building

Stop Being Serious ALL the Time

By Poornima Vijayashanker It’s been a really fun two weeks at Femgineer! Karen and I have been filming lessons for our upcoming Confident Communicator Course. And in case you’re curious about how much fun we’re having, well I’ve included a few funny pics from our sessions together. Once we’re done filming all the lessons, I’m definitely going to get to work on the a blooper reel to share with students in the course. Now it’s not all fun and games at Femgineer… OK it’s like ... Read more

Stop Speculating and Start Speaking Up

By Poornima Vijayashanker One of my mentees, Ada, reached out to me last year, and mentioned that there was a new opportunity to head the new mobile division in her company. She really wanted to do it: mobile meant everything to her. Ada is like Penny from Inspector Gadget, she has a smart watch, a smartphone (both Android and iOS), an iPad, and yes even her dog had been chipped! She spends her nights and weekends building apps and refining them. When her ... Read more

What to Do When You Just Can’t Find the Right Words to Respond

By Poornima Vijayashanker I’ve got a TON to share this week about my latest trip to Chile! You’re probably wondering, “Why did she pick Chile?” Great question! I had 2 reasons. The first reason was that last year I had a pretty busy summer, I was writing my first book, and working part time as an EIR at 500 Startups. It was a really productive summer, and was happy because I had found flow. But I couldn’t help but feel like I had missed out on ... Read more

The Art of Micro-Mentoring

By Karen Catlin Today’s guest post is from Karen Catlin, a Femgineer contributor, leadership coach, and advisor advocating for women in the Tech Industry. As you carve your unique career path—and maybe even take the leap to build your own tech product—you’ll benefit greatly from mentors who can help you course-correct, pull through through tough times, and celebrate your successes. But maybe you don’t have a formal mentor, or don’t want one. In this post, Karen shows you a unique way to get ... Read more

The Right Way to Practice Empathy

By Poornima Vijayashanker Last week we aired the pilot episode of FemgineerTV on: How to Build a Happy and Productive Remote Team. During the episode, Ben Congleton, and I talked about a number of misconceptions people have when it comes to running a remote team. Ben also shared some strategies for tackling each misconception. My favorite was the conversation around the misconception that a remote team will be devoid of culture and people just won’t care about one another. Ben gave us a great ... Read more

How to Build a Happy and Productive Remote Team

By Poornima Vijayashanker Last week I received an amazing set of responses from readers like you on the topic of Handling the Anxiety that Accompanies Ambition. Don’t worry I will continue to write more on the topic! I appreciate those of you who opened up by emailing me and leaving comments about what you had been through. Supporting each other definitely helps, and is a necessary component to staying creative and innovative! Yesterday I shot a live pilot episode of FemgineerTV on: How to ... Read more

Popular vs Effective Leadership Styles

By Poornima Vijayashanker The new year is in full swing, and you’ve probably got some new projects on your plate. Or maybe you have some loose-ends to tie up from last year? If you’re eager to push things forward, then you might be thinking about how to lead your teammates, get them motivated, out of holiday mode, and get things done! You might even be tempted to just command your teammates, using a directive style of leadership, a la Steve Jobs. I’ve always been ... Read more

Accomplish More With an Accountability Partner

  By Poornima Vijayashanker Tomorrow we’ll be ringing in the new year, and after popping open a bottle of bubbly, we’ll make resolutions for 2015. While I love bubbly, I’ll skip the resolutions; I haven’t made a resolution since 2010! I’m not a big fan of resolutions, because I think they’re really binding, and I often break them before spring rolls in because my goals change. Instead, I think it’s important to see how far I’ve come in just one year. So between Christmas ... Read more

No One Likes a Creep

  By Poornima Vijayashanker Two weeks ago I talked about dealing with deadlines that are doomed, and I talked about how to create more realistic deadlines before committing to a project. A number of readers wrote in asking, “What if I’ve already got a project and I’m going to miss my deadline?” In exchanging emails with readers, I identified that the most popular reason people were going to miss a deadline was because of scope creep. Some of you might already be familiar with ... Read more

Pursuing a career in tech? Ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”

Poornima Vijayashanker I was recently invited to speak on a panel at LA Techweek along with Susan Paley and Laura Goldberg moderated by Kim Lachance-Shandrow. One of my favorite quotes from the panel was from Laura Goldberg. I think it set the stage really well for the topics and strategies we covered such as: Why knowing how to code isn't enough Transitioning into tech from other industries  How technology has given us a lot of freedom and flexibility in our careers How technology has given women a voice How right ... Read more
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