From General Assembly

Tension at Work? Maybe You Should Hug It Out

On national hug day – yes, there is such a thing, it seems appropriate to visit the touchy subject of invading a colleague’s personal space. Conflicts at work not only mess with our heads but also our immune systems —making us easy targets for infections during these stressful times. Researchers have accumulated substantial evidence to back this theory (increased stress= increased risk to your immune system). At the same time, they have found that people who feel supported during periods of strain are protected from its negative impact on health. And yet, what behaviors demonstrate care and concern? Dear huggers, you may be onto…

Your New Rules of Personal Branding

I had the incredible opportunity to interview, Sally Hogshead, the author of the #1 WSJ Best Seller of How the World Sees You. She generously offered tips on how to discover our natural strengths to captivate others at work and play. Her unexpected insights on why some people succeed emerged from decades of advertising for the world’s most well-loved brands. If her career in advertising conjured images of Mad Men and ad-women smoking cigars and sipping whiskey, you were wrong. Hogshead was knee deep in data from a study that had nearly half million participants when I spoke with her.…

In Defense of Product Documentation

A version this article was published on General Assembly’s blog. A decade ago when I started my career in product management, most tech shops gave this role an ambiguous label like consultant or analyst. At the time, besides being a source of an existential crisis my job description had two other problems: I couldn’t explain it to my mother, and it involved authoring specifications – the kind that made its author and readers want to die! Now, most tech teams either include a product manager or are wondering if they need to. And while my mom still doesn’t get what…