- Designing the Performance Review Process for a Startup
Matt describes how his team launched a heavy-weight performance review system at a 50 person startup that took up too much managerial time. They then switched to a lightweight monthly system; employee morale improved and it became quicker to fix employee mistakes.
- Quarterly Business Reviews at LinkedIn: A True Game-Changer
Brian covers: * Why LinkedIn started using QBRs * How to run a QBR * The benefits that came out of QBRs * Best practices for implementing QBRs
- Coaching vs. Managing
Eli defines the difference between coaching and managing by explaining a common pattern he sees with first-time managers: expecting to control the actions of your direct reports, rather than focusing your team on teaching them how to perform well.
- Empowering your engineering team with an effective decision-making process
Cate covers definitions for what does a good decision look like and a multi--step process for how to make decisions that includes: * Answer, what are you deciding (and why)? * Answer, what is the necessary context? * Foster discussion * Make and communicate the decision * Follow up on past decisions to see if they were successful
- How to manage your report’s unrealistic expectations
Katie describes an experience where the 1:1s with a direct report became toxic over time. She recommends a 4-step solution to prevent this in the future: 1. Set expectations during recruitment 2. Set expectations during onboarding 3. Set boundaries and be firm about acceptable behavior 4. Teach ‘disagree and commit’.