Professional Relationship Building

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

Dealing With Deadlines That Are Doomed

By Poornima Vijayashanker As we get close to the end of the year, we get pulled in a number of directions, both personally and professionally. This can of course induce a case of I just don’t wanna. And we’ve probably committed ourselves to deadlines, only to discover that we probably won’t meet them. Instead of just coming right out and saying the obvious, “This deadline is unrealistic, and then providing reasons.” We put in longer and longer hours. In some cases we meet the ... Read more

Don’t Just ASK Make an Offer

By Poornima Vijayashanker Two weekends ago I was hanging out in sunny Miami attending and teaching at the Bullish Conference. One of the workshops was on negotiation, and I was really excited to participate in it. If you haven’t noticed by now, I LOVE negotiating! My love for negotiating stems from a childhood dream of wanting to be a lawyer. But I of course changed my mind when I got to college, and decided to pursue engineering instead because I also LOVE to ... Read more

When You Just Don’t Wanna

By Poornima Vijayashanker I don’t know about you, but for me it’s getting to be that time of the year, when I’m just a tad tired and a bit worn down from all the go-go-go! Instead of heading out the door bright-eyed and with a bounce in my step, I’d rather curl up on my couch with some spicy hot chocolate and queue up some Netflix. I have a HUGE case of the, “I just don’t wanna.” But there’s still a lot to do! ... Read more
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