Behind #PluckyCards: Inviting Empathy

Stressed-out people are, quite simply, stuck. They often lack the ability to prioritize and act — an overwhelming momentum swallows them. As the manager, you can gently help them re-see and take a breath.

Two years in: Plucky’s 1:1 Starter Pack!

And here we have it: a problem with identity. A manager who has just seen that a powerful question can open up fascinating metaphors and be reapplied to work, career path and more cannot authentically find a way to ask it. So her 1:1s will remain stagnant.

How to Prep for a Coaching Session

If you’re investing in coaching, you want to see that you’re making progress. Everyone, especially your coach, wants to feel that the time was well spent. Ideally, you will arrive to your coaching session with these three things…

On Future Goals

You could spend your entire life justifying the logic behind your 9-5 responsibilities. Recruiters are ready to make short work of your wondering. 401ks and mortgages and health benefits are all real concerns and I don’t mention them lightly… but what the hell are you doing in this life if you are ignoring your own answers?

Ticket launch: Encore!

We’re having a reunion for all graduates of So Now You’re a Manager. It’s part HEY! YOU AGAIN! and it’s part Jen Teaches Us and it’s also part Alumni Wisdom. Because your colleagues (maybe even you?) are going to be presenting talks this time.

How to Choose a Coach

You should trust that your vulnerability is an honor for someone to witness… and no matter how many podcasts and books and speaking tours a coach has marketed, do not hire them if they don’t make you feel safe.

Do I need a coach?

Trees, like humans, have better years than others. In good years, there is more water, good sunlight, less threats to the system. When you look at a tree’s stump, you can tell which years had better growing conditions and which years were really hard. Coaching is one resource that you may leverage to amplify your growing conditions. 

Ticket launch! Manager Training in Atlanta (March 2020)

This is a perfect workshop for the newly-promoted or those who never got training to begin with. We run this experiential workshop with a strong eye towards learning fundamentals, building community and understanding that being a good manager is a creative practice. Join us in Atlanta!

2020 Career Planning Guide

I write this guide every year to wake you up (or blow wind at you, if you are already awake). If you reached for this Career Planning guide, odds are good that you are looking for some movement. And looking for wind is the first step in getting your boat moving…

#PluckyGiving: Code for America

Code for America has a vision for a new kind of government—where technology, operations, and policy all work together, centered around delivering what people need. The organization builds digital services that enhance government capabilities and helps others do the same across all levels of government.

#PluckyGiving: Seneca

Seneca Family of Agencies (Seneca) was founded in 1985 out of a deeply held conviction that youth and families do not fail, but rather are failed by public systems unable to address their complex and specialized needs.

#PluckyGiving: Unloop

Founded in 2015, Unloop partners with the Washington State community and technical college system to establish an end-to-end educational pathway into careers in tech for individuals with criminal records.