NY-based digital product director Deepa Subramaniam talks about cultural shape-shifting, and how growing up between two worlds has only made her a better thinker, collaborator and solver.
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Deepa joins Ryan Carson’s podcast, Educate Yourself, to talk about taking chances with your career, conquering professional doubts, the power of networking and how design-driven technology is helping to solve global problems.
Deepa joins Jeff Veen’s podcast, Presentable, to talk about what it’s like to manage a web team for an 18-month long sprint while the whole world watches.
Deepa joined FirstMark’s Capital Design Driven event to share lessons universally applicable lessons learned in building and running technology for campaigns.
In Lara’s Manager Energy Drain blog post, she describes color-coding your calendar based on the kind of thinking you’re doing in each meeting, then “defragging” to help reduce context-switching and undo blocks of energy-draining meetings. Use this worksheet to help you defrag!
In Lara’s Develop a Manager Crew blog post, she describes assembling a diverse, supportive crew of people (a “Manager Voltron”) whom you can lean on as you grow. Each can provide a different facet of what your ideal manager would be! Use this worksheet to help you brainstorm who could be a part of your crew.
Lara describes how to utilize 1:1:1s to ensure a smooth transition and no career pauses as you switch managers. A 1:1 is between you and your manager; a 1:1:1 includes both your former manager, AND your new manager, and is an opportunity to ensure your career momentum doesn’t experience that hiccup.
These are terrible times. You may be facing these events head-on as a member of a marginalized group or as an ally, and if you’re a manager, you likely have direct reports who are doing the same. Lara details how to support them.
Team lead roles and responsibilities can be ambiguous, leading to confusion and anxiety. Use this Venn Diagram to help document and clarify each person’s responsibilities.
Dealing with surprising human emotions is one of the most challenging aspects of being a manager. Lara walks through the BICEPS model, and how we as managers can use it to better-understand our reports’ surprising human emotions using the most surprising of them all: feelings about desk moves!
An organization won’t find much success recruiting a more diverse group of employees unless its leaders are aware of their existing internal inclusion and equity issues. Lara details how to calculate compensation and promotion rate fairness within your organization.
Most of the work that goes into making a meeting good is totally invisible. Here are tips for improving your meetings, how to use ground rules to your advantage, and meeting hygiene.