Tiny sprout growing in fine yellow sand

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Your first one-on-one (aka 1:1) with a new report is a great time to set the stage for your relationship. It is the perfect time to start building mutual understanding and, eventually, trust.

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In praise of constraints

A mountain road winding between snowed-over trees.

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It is so much easier to work within a constraint. It doesn’t matter if it is a pattern for a scarf you’re knitting, a product spec for the software you’re building, or a prompt for the piece you’re writing.

I’ve heard the confused argument that, since autonomy is one of the core components of motivation, the fewer constraints you give your team or your employees, the better. That is, of course, bullshit.

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Ana Ulin

Working to be a better human every day. Steward of engineering teams. I see you.