I can't help but reflect on this past year, particularly, around the things that I've learned while working at a startup (sry, not tech-focused!!!).

I think that transparency and vulnerability breed courage + trust. So, trust me when I say I still have no idea what I'm doing.
Lesson 1: hire intentionally and purposefully. You'd be surprised when you have to explain to even the most progressive folks why you have to challenge your talent pipeline.
Hiring can be v homogenous (duh), so it was important to put that stake in the ground. Our team was very deliberate on how we wanted to approach this. No perfect solution, but always be accountable for what you say. Words matter.

PS-take chances on people, you never know.
Lesson 2: nothing is business as usual (until ???). Simply put, people are going through some shit. Remember being human is actually helpful and to extend some grace and gratitude where you can. If you want people to bring their whole selves, create the environment for it.
FWIW, I like to think that we're creating a company built on empathy and equity. Which leads me to...
Lesson 3: lead with gratitude and kindness. This year has been an exercise of empathy to say the least. Even beyond this year, I can safely say I've been a hot mess. Newsflash, we are multidimensional and that's okay!
Working in a state of gratitude has opened up different POVs for me and created the space for me to be open with my managers and colleagues. I have a pretty open, tite relationship with H/W and wouldn't change that for the world.
Lesson 4: beef up your interpersonal skills. Small teams equal lots of face time. Learning to navigate through this has been one of the most fulfilling parts of my job. Highly recommend Radical Candor if you need a starting point.
Lesson 5: practice direct feedback. I know that's prob obvious but def easier said than done. By providing feedback, it allows you to challenge the status quo. As a woman, and as a WOC, we've been taught to keep our thoughts to ourselves. Excuse my French, but screw that.
Being direct is kind. Being clear and direct allows for productive conversations. Being direct allows you the space to share your POV.
Anyways, don't quote me on any of these things – Haus took a chance on me, and I'm forever grateful to be able to flex my muscles in areas I didn't even think I could. Thought I share at least some of the things I've learned. :)

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