Welcome to the Weekly Reads, where I highlight articles that I found on the web and that are focused on career advice, lifestyle, beauty or anything I think would round-up as useful for the young, modern, working woman. Just get yourself comfortable, pour a cup of coffee – or tea – and enjoy this week’s reads!
What have I been up to this week
Last week has been the first time I have missed a Weekly Reads post; the past few weeks have been absolute craziness at work. I have had more late nights at the office than would have wanted – and on the upside, consequent Uber rides home – early mornings and quite some weekend work. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I also had my performance review talk recently, which I will probably write more about in a separate post soon (spoiler alert: it went well).
While I am definitely looking forward to calmer weeks and not living just for the weekend, I am also trying to keep a positive attitude and live the life. At the end of the day, I have to remind myself that I am grateful for being able to work (& work hard) and truth is, for the most part I enjoy it. At the same time I am also happy that I am still prioritising my studies and I am also sticking to working out despite the craziness. So I can only wish to keep pushing through, keep enjoying it and also taking care of myself.
Effective feedback. Probably one of the biggest sources of frustration for employees is not receiving effective feedback. This article from Gallup talks about that and how managers can bridge that gap by taking on the role of a coach. This means learning more about their people, asking questions, listening, encouraging people to bring their best ideas and helping them to play their strengths.
Frequent, meaningful conversations are key to fostering collaboration and engaged performance. Great coaches inspire you to achieve more than you thought you could. They do exponentially more than just tell you what to do. They teach you to own your performance, do what’s best for the organization and be a great partner.
Contagious stress. This piece from HBR on making sure your stress is not contagious is such a good one. Often times, we let stress take us over and we end up just running around as if our head is not on our shoulders anymore. Part of being a great professional is also the ability of handling stress well and knowing how to harness it to your benefit rather than allow it to completely suck out your energy. This is especially true for managers who on top of that, I believe should act as a buffer for absorbing stress/pressure for their teams.
Interview questions. As I am growing my team, I am participating in a few screening interviews to make sure the candidates would be a good fit for the team. For me, it’s crucial to be part of the interview and luckily I am able to participate in these. I must admit that so far I have enjoyed it very much and to be honest it’s a two way street, it’s about me understanding if the person is a good fit but also about me providing an accurate image of the role this person would be taking. Given the above, the articles I relied on this week have been:
- The Muse’s top 10 questions to ask and interviewee
- Great interview questions from Hubspot
- Career Contessa’s 10 common interview questions
What skincare I am using lately. I have been trying some new beauty products lately. One of them I have been wanting to use for months, ever since I have seen it recommended as the Holy Grail by The Skincare Edit, the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. It is an acid that exfoliates and fights agains acne. I still need to give it a few weeks before I am able to share my review but I am crossing my fingers that I will love it. The other product I am using is the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque which I heard a lot of good stuff about but only got to use it a couple of times so far.
So now tell me, what has your week been like? Any big (or small) milestones at work or in life? Let me know in the comments below.
Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a great start into the week!