6 min read · Jul 24th · Leadership tends to be the expectation. If you want to move up in the world, you have to be a leader. But that's not the case—and here's why it's important to understand that.
For as long as I can remember, leadership was the expectation. If you wanted to move up in the world, you had to be a leader: in school, at work, in your extracurriculars. Leadership was the golden ticket, and the more opportunities you took, the closer you'd get to owning the whole chocolate factory.
You need to identify who your leaders are and who your individual contributors are early on in the process
Sit down with them and ask what they enjoy, what gets them excited for work, and—this is important—what they aren't interested in.
~14 min read · From 2017 · The humble one-on-one interview is the basic unit of ethnographic research. The price is right for even the most cash-strapped team, and with practice (plus a few principles) you can gain the knack…
20+ min read · Jun 15th · Sharp folks from across the First Round community share the small habits that great managers do, including delivering feedback with care, opening up about failure, and sending praise up the chain.
The signs that you have a great manager are the actions you don't think about until later
Great managers demonstrate self-awareness and empathy by sharing their working style preferences and development areas
The best managers provide context for executive decision-making and rationale that enables me to prioritize with a cross-functional lens
6 min read · May 10th · The purpose of mentoring is to tap into the existing knowledge, skills, and experience of senior or high performing employees and transfer these skills to newer or less experienced employees in order…
20+ min read · Apr 29th · After more than 20 years in tech, eight companies, and thousands of hires, Shopify's Farhan Thawar shares his go-to-framework for snagging a VP of Engineering. From the skills that are most important…
that candidates must be skilled in all three classic areas: Process: What occurs when? People: Who’s involved and how are they motivated? Technology: What will we use to get there?
A “right fit” VP of Engineering fit is partly a function of timing — their skills and interests must match the present need.
6 min read · Apr 15th · Managers need a new set of skills to succeed in a world of remote work, automation, and shifting employee expectations.
future of work
This is a lot to ask of any individual: that they ask questions that produce vulnerable answers without compromising trust, diagnose the root cause of an employee’s behavior without making assumptions, and demonstrate the social-emotional intelligence necessary to imagine another’s feelings.
Managers used to be selected and promoted largely based on their ability to manage and evaluate the performance of employees who could carry out a particular set of tasks. But three disruptive, transformative trends are challenging traditional definitions of the manager role: Normalization of remote work, automation, and changing employee expectations.