A major sign of trust, comfortability, and vulnerability is for someone you lead to be able to say something sucks.

In Season 2 Episode 2, Coach Lasso is confronted with a disgruntled team. Twitter (which we know Coach Lasso isn’t fond of) was ablaze after pictures of he and Jamie…


Part 2 of the “What to Expect” series focuses on the “Don’ts” or things that you should avoid when resigning from a position. Read Part 1 here.

Don’t drag everyone else down

You have your reasons for leaving and that’s all well and good, but don’t ruin the experience for everyone else. It is likely…


Whether a first-timer or you want to gain some different perspectives, these are the books I’ve found most helpful so far in my career

1. High Output Management

A manager’s output is the output of the organization under their supervision or influence.

Andrew S. Grove focuses repeatedly on this adage throughout his book. Looking at projects, bottlenecks, and creating a “breakfast factory” to drive points home, “High Output Management” was one of the first management books I read…


The Great Resignation is upon us! As someone who added to the statistics and recently switched jobs, I thought it might be helpful to walk through ten of the “Do’s” of resigning.

The discomfort in planning your final days may be enough to prevent you from leaving, but chin up…


One of the quickest ways to lose the trust of a team is to abandon their values and refuse to back them in tough situations. It seems like common sense, but let’s look at how to go about supporting your team even when things go south. …


“Why aren’t people taking PTO?”

It’s a common question, especially within businesses that offer unlimited PTO, and one I think about frequently. So how do we address this?

A few weeks ago I was both proud and horrified when a senior direct report told me to stay away from my…


Season One saw the ever-optimist deal with new challenges and win everyone over with his charm, but there’s already a hitch in season two.

Enter Someone Better Than You

In the Season Two Premiere, the staff at AFC Richmond decides to bring in a sports psychologist after Dani Rojas goes through an on-the-field tragedy. Ted…


Season 2 of Ted Lasso started last week and there were two minor interactions that stuck out to me in the premiere. Both centered around Nathan Shelley, newly minted Assistant Coach.

Nate the Great and the Case of the Misguided Power

These scenes were a bit more subtle as they weren’t the main story arc, but they’re interesting to examine…


Orginally written in April, 2013. Notes added after a few more years of experience.

It’s not easy getting kicked out of your first startup, but sometimes things happen. You do have some choice in the matter and the points below can help you take a step in the right direction.


Originally written in June, 2013

Today I’d like to take a break from tutorials and snippets and tell you a story about the time I met Jonathan Snook.

To preface, they say you should never meet your heroes, but I call BS on that. Especially in the web community, the…

John Hartley

Engineering leader with a passion for building and growing teams. Writing mostly about leadership, onboarding, interviewing, and management in the tech industry

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