In a refreshing interview, CEO Jim Franklin shares his company’s views on employee engagement. SendGrid’s approach to job design is both exhilarating and gutsy.
Category Archives: Career Development
Delegate Everything Once upon a time I learned something about delegation that I liked. I read it in a book or heard it at a seminar. I don’t remember exactly where or the exact words used. But I do remember the general idea. Keep what only you can do. Delegate everything else. That was freeing » Read More
Why is delegating so dang hard? If you’re anything like me, it’s truly not about relinquishing control that causes so much anguish, but rather the fear of leaving an unknown quality of work in someone else’s hands. Let’s face it, depending on others is scary, but it’s absolutely necessary for growth – yours and theirs! » Read More
During and after the recent Boulder flooding, emergency officials asked people to stay home. I followed these orders. For two days. But I’m not good at sitting around and waiting if someone needs help. I think many employees feel the same way.
This is a question I have been meditating on for a few months now. A blog post by Julie Winkle Giulioni finally helped me formulate my thoughts enough to externalize. In Julie’s post, OCD: The Unexpected Trait that Employees Want (and Organizations Need ) Most in a Leader, you quickly learn the OCD she is » Read More
Are Leaders Born Or Made? This is not an original question. It has been debated for years in books, on line, and in both corporate and academic classrooms. But I would like to offer a fresh perspective. I had the pleasure of hearing Barry Posner, bestselling co-author of The Leadership Challenge, speak some years back. » Read More
I am constantly amazed by the number of companies who feel it’s to their advantage to NOT have WRITTEN job descriptions or key initiatives for employees. These type companies usually, and with little hesitation, make some proclamation about how they don’t “DO” job descriptions because “everyone pitches in” or because they don’t want their employees » Read More
ish. This is the word we use when something is stuck between being and not being. Between is and is not. For example, we might say, “that shirt is red-ish.” Or, “I’m feeling sick-ish.” And sometimes, “the weather is a bit warm-ish.” Describing things as ish is handy, because it helps us avoid committing when » Read More
If you ever feel “working mother guilt,” this post is for you. No matter how flexible your job, conflicts inevitably arise. A child gets sick on the day of an important meeting. The preschool Mother’s Day Tea is at 10:30 a.m., smack in the middle of the business day. A meeting runs long, and you must scramble to find someone to pick up your child, because you can’t get to the school on time. An urgent business call comes in at 8 p.m. as you are reading your child’s bedtime story.