The Rude One

Dear Plucky, My coworker is sometimes rude to me in email and personal interactions. My boss is aware that this is the case (and agrees she is rude) but does not take steps to stop the behavior. Is there anything I can do to discourage her from treating me badly? The Nicer One — What’s

2019 Career Planning Guide

It’s a new year and a new you. As I write in this year’s guide, there is a simple, yet fundamental difference between humans who accomplish fulfilling things and those who do not. Know what it is? Some humans start. Download the 2019 Career Planning Guide here for free and get started. I cannot wait

Ticket launch! SNYAM in Berkeley (January 2019)

Hooray! Today we’re launching 20 tickets for the first So Now You’re a Manager of 2019. Details: – Thursday, January 24- Friday, January 25, 2019 – Berkely, CA – Cohort 007 (AUSPICIOUS, NO?) This is a great location for folks living in the Bay Area OR people who want to escape the January weather where

Plucky is 5!

What a time! This year I recorded a State of the Union to loop you all in on what’s been happening at Plucky and where things are going. Links to things I talk about: So Now You’re a Manager trainings (First few 2019 dates released!) Plucky’s 1:1 Starter Pack   Five years down, MANY more

Gardening Your Team

Management skills via container gardens I really want a yard but we live in the Bay Area, which makes space really expensive. For now my family shares a tiny yard with our downstairs neighbors and because I was too shy to ask, I spent our first 4 summers here without any sort of garden. This

Simple beliefs about management, Plucky-style

This morning I responded to a prospective client who is weighing bringing me onsite to teach So Now You’re a Manager to their leadership team.  She asked me to address how this training’s content addresses the biggest problems in the org, which are: Managers can’t get out of the weeds and are too busy with

Career Planning Guide for 2018

It’s exciting to release another round of My Plucky Path, a free career planning guide for the new year. Download it, print it, go find a mug of something warm and spend some time figuring out where you’re going. A year is going to pass either way; far better that you have your hands on

Four Years of Plucky

To everyone who has ever supported Plucky, Businesses, though they are believed to have been started in garages, basements and backyard sheds, are started over coffee. At least, that’s true about Plucky. I had an idea four years ago (a longer story for a longer day), but it was over coffees and lunches that I refined

Manager training: behind the music!

Every day I coach emerging leaders as they move into managerial roles and I hear the same themes in all of our conversations: – How do I know if I’m doing well? – I miss being in the weeds of the work. – Humans are exhausting me. – I hear about the problems but I

On Managing Millennials

Dear Plucky, There are a variety of junior employees on my team. It’s been a joy to mentor them, but I’ve noticed that they interpret feedback in a very different way than I do. A small dose of constructive feedback can lead to a tailspin of anxiety, negative self-talk or even tears. Often, these conversations

A Human Disappointed Me.

  Dear Plucky, A human disappointed me today. What should I do? Love, Everyone — — — Dear Everyone, Oh, friend. Want to come sit for a few minutes? Let’s walk over here to this bench, the one that overlooks some nature. I like looking at nature when I’m having trouble with humans. Nature has

The Math Behind Self-care

  What if we all had 10 pellets of energy to spend each day? How many do you spend before you even get to work? Maybe you wake up every morning rehashing things you should have said the previous day/decade. Day after day, you start with 9, the first one continually absorbed by mental stuff.