So, I accidentally got a job.

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A job? Like, a real job?

Let me start over. After close to a year (10 months!) of coaching managers and senior contributors full-time, I am winding down Practical Works and starting a new adventure. As of May 28th, I’ll be the CXO at Primary, where I’ll oversee Product, Product Design and People. Yep, you heard that last one right (and will be hearing a lot more about it from me in the future). :)

Before I get too into the news about Primary, I want to take a moment and say thank you to all the people who supported me and my business over the past year. From the initial wave of clients who rolled the dice on working with me, to my friends and colleagues who recommended me to their friends and colleagues, to all the folks who’ve stuck with me month after month, I couldn’t be more grateful. Starting my own consultancy was so hard and scary for all the reasons striking out on your own can be, and with each passing month of growth I became more confident and convinced that things were going to work out. I even got to the point a couple months ago where I needed to cap my client list and start a wait list for potential clients, which is not a situation I’d even initially dreamed I’d be in. …

I want to start writing or give a conference talk. I’m just not sure what to say that hasn’t already been said.

I wrote a post, but it’s really boring.

I’ve been trying to put together a talk, but I feel like it’s all stuff people already know.

Do any of these sound familiar to you? Over the years of writing my own blog and regularly giving talks at conferences, I’ve found myself fielding these kinds of doubts from people I meet. They have a strong desire to share their experiences and engage with their community, but are stuck on how to get started. Each of their ideas, to them, feels commonplace, uninteresting or unworthy of being shared.

Often when coaching managers, I’m asked about prioritization and focus. …


Leadership coach and organizational consultant at @practical_works. Prev: VP of Design@BuzzFeed. Also worked at Etsy, Amazon, and a bunch of failed startups :)

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