My Book Recommendations for First-Time (Startup) Managers

Taking on your first role as a manager is always daunting — and especially challenging in a startup environment. So many people have asked me for my recommendations for this situation, so I finally put together some thoughts! Fortunately, there are many great books that offer practical advice and guidance for those who are lookingContinue reading “My Book Recommendations for First-Time (Startup) Managers”

My Favorite 8 Nuggets from “Crucial Conversations,” the Life-Changing Book on Difficult Dialogue

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. -Ambrose Bierce Few books literally change your life as soon as you read them. Crucial Conversations is a famous book among many circles — for good reason. I finally read it in its entirety recently and was blown away by theContinue reading “My Favorite 8 Nuggets from “Crucial Conversations,” the Life-Changing Book on Difficult Dialogue”

My Top Ten Books of 2018 for Startup Leaders

If you’re a startup leader, these are ten book recommendations for you that I found helpful in 2018. Not all were written in the past year; it’s just when I read them. Hope you enjoy my recommendations by category. Any you’d like to add? I’d love to hear your suggestions! Leadership and Self-Improvement Ego isContinue reading “My Top Ten Books of 2018 for Startup Leaders”

A Startup Within a Startup at Sonder

This spring, I joined Sonder, a rapidly-scaling tech company looking to launch their DC market. The company was completely new to me but the opportunity was too exciting to pass up. Sonder aims to provide a unique, yet consistent experience for stays in beautiful hand-picked locations in cities around the world. Each Sonder is purposefullyContinue reading “A Startup Within a Startup at Sonder”

How We Applied Design Thinking To Employee Onboarding At Our Startup

Have you ever been frustrated with the way you were treated by a company as a job applicant? I’m guessing the answer is “yes.” Through my work with multiple startups, I’ve learned that design thinking provides incredible benefits to the organization by leveraging both the organization’s and applicant’s point of views. Step 1: Empathize WeContinue reading “How We Applied Design Thinking To Employee Onboarding At Our Startup”