Alicia Diamond

Chief of Staff Blog

Actionable advice, tips, and musings from a 2x Chief of Staff

The all-important daily stand-up

I adopted a system I called “scrum-lite” that revolved around a daily-standup, a whiteboard, and many many post-its. I was like a fish out of water managing my ballooning team, including a second layer below me, and I needed a system that would give me confidence in both our progress and direction. 

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The Reluctant Boss

I posit that a reluctant boss is likely in the role for all the right reasons. They’ve been encouraged (pushed) to take the job based on their performance, rather than their personal relationships or personality.

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How I wring more time out of each day

The system isn’t ideal, and I still need swaths of time to do thinking-intensive work, but I’ve learned to appreciate capitalizing on these micro pockets of time so that when a free hour comes along, I can jump right into the task that needs an hour, rather than catching up on tiny tasks. 

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Weekend Reflection

Just as this blog is intended to help me revisit, synthesize, and ultimately comprehends the inputs in the world around me, I find my weekend reflection routine to be a critical part of how I how myself accountable and level up from week to week. 

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