Management and Team Health
Talks & Workshops

As a seasoned public speaker and teacher, Lara Hogan can level up your entire team (or just your line managers) with a prepared talk or hands-on workshop.

Team Health Talks

Navigating Team Friction talk

Friction is a common, and necessary, part of team growth—but when left unchecked, team friction is unhealthy for you, your coworkers, your company, and ultimately your end users.

Lara Hogan draws on her experiences at organizations large and small to illuminate the sources of team tension, how you can better understand and manage unexpected teammate reactions, and the best ways to give actionable feedback without escalating drama. Your coworkers, your organization, your users, and you will reap the benefits.

Length: 1 hour (45 minute talk + time for Q&A)

Facilitating Awesome Meetings talk

From leading working groups to holding one-on-ones to organizing routine team meetings, learning how to _facilitate_ is a critical leadership skill that’s often overlooked. Excellent meeting facilitation means that the attendees know why they’re there, they get equal participation time, and your meeting’s goal or deliverable is achieved in a effective and fair way.

Lara Hogan will cover tactics to ensure your meetings are productive and inclusive, as well as tips for improvising facilitation once you get in the room.

Length: 1 hour (40 minute talk + time for Q&A)

Mentorship + Sponsorship talk

To grow our technical leadership skills, it’s critical to lean on one’s network of support. We often find mentors: people who can give us helpful advice. But what can be even more valuable is finding “sponsors”, who help us find new opportunities and improve the visibility of our work. As sponsorship is especially important for members of underrepresented groups in tech, Lara Hogan walks through tactics you can employ today to be a sponsor for those around you, too.

Length: 1 hour (40 minute talk + time for Q&A)

Revitalizing a Cross-Functional Product Organization talk

The product and engineering teams at every company size have the same goals: positive team health, high-velocity shipping, and strategic execution. Yet we often get in our own way—from ill-defined roles and responsibilities to toxic communication patterns, to well-meaning but under-equipped managers.

Lara Hogan and Deepa Subramaniam will candidly share the approaches they took to revitalizing a cross-functional product organization in 9 months. As two VP’s who faced these specific challenges and more, Lara and Deepa will cover evidence-based tactics to ensure communication flows better, inter and intra-team dynamics improve and your organization ships more (and better!) software.

Length: 1 hour (45 minute talk + time for Q&A)

Standalone Management Workshops

Each workshop consists of a mix of prepared presentation, group exercises, and worksheets, all facilitated by Lara. Attendees will leave with a ton of resources and practice using their new skills. These workshops can be scheduled as standalone lessons, or scheduled as a course for participants to complete over 1-2 months.

Mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring workshop

As a manager, it’s important to balance your style between advice-giving mode (mentorship), active listening and curiosity mode (coaching), and empowering mode (sponsorship). In this workshop, we will define and practice each of these styles, and talk about how to know when to employ one over the other - especially when you’re managing people who work really differently than you do.

Attendees will walk away with brand new game plans for their one-on-ones and tons more experience choosing and switching between the three modes. They’ll also learn about why sponsorship is so much more effective for marginalized people.

Length: 2 hours

Dealing with surprising human emotions workshop

Your teammates are guaranteed to have surprising reactions to things that happen in your work environment. How do you navigate it, understand it, and best support your teammate?

In this workshop, we’ll talk through humans’ six core needs in the workplace, what’s happening in our brains when we have surprising emotions, and how to recognize when your teammate is feeling some resistance or doubt. We’ll practice methods to unearth what might be behind those emotions, and we’ll cap it off by working through how to recover when you’ve triggered someone. Attendees will leave with tools and techniques to easily share with others so they, too, can know how to navigate these sticky moments.

Length: 1.5 hours

Delivering (and requesting) feedback workshop

There will absolutely be times when you need to give actionable, specific feedback to your teammates. And there will definitely be times that you need to hear some feedback, too. But humans are mostly bad at giving feedback, and we’re also really bad at preparing ourselves to receive it. This is true no matter the situation - hearing that we do something at home that drives our partner crazy, or our coworker, or our boss.

In this workshop, we’ll practice turning real-world stuff into specific, actionable feedback that has a good chance of landing. Attendees will even get to practice delivering it, to see how it feels and how to prepare for saying those words - they’ll leave this workshop ready to deliver specific, actionable, and easy-to-digest feedback.

Length: 2 hours

Setting expectations with your team workshop

One simple way to create predictability and stability for your team is to be transparent about what you expect of your teammates, and what they can expect of you.

In this workshop, we’ll walk through creating living documentation about your expectations around communication, feedback, accountability, and teamwork. We’ll also work on synthesizing these expectations into an easier-to-remember, unique-to-you leadership or management philosophy.

This workshop will also cover utilizing shareable team documentation around roles and responsibilities, meeting purposes and cadence, and other team-wide expectations to help you reduce any uncertainty or ambiguity that might currently exist.

Length: 2 hours

Full-Day Workshop

Demystifying Management

When you switch from an individual contributor role to a manager role, you might find yourself floating in a sea of uncertainty. What does success look like as a manager? How do you know if you’re doing a good job or not, with such a long feedback loop between your actions and their outcome? How do you set the right tone and expectations for your team?

In this workshop, we’ll start to demystify management by talking tactics to best-support your team, articulating what you uniquely bring to management, and practicing a ton of leadership skills. We’ll cover:

  • Coaching, mentoring and sponsoring, and when to use each as a manager
  • Developing a broader network of support for you to lean on as you encounter new management challenges
  • Navigating your team through uncertainty and surprising emotions
  • Growing your teammates through feedback
  • Identifying your management philosophy and how to set expectations for your team
  • Defining an internal barometer of success as a manager, and mitigating energy drain

This workshop can be scheduled as one 8-hour day including lunch, or two consecutive 4-hour days.

During each stage of the workshop, Lara leads the attendees through group exercises to practice skills like coaching, giving feedback, and goal-setting. Lara will also provide worksheets and plenty of resources for attendees to continue to grow and further develop these skills after the workshop.

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Testimonials

Lara’s approach to training is practical and engaging. She layered real life experience with simple frameworks, and she made it easy for the team to understand and immediately apply to their day-to-day. Lara understood my team’s unique needs and adjusted the workshop content to focus on those areas.

Dana Trader, VP, Employee Experience at Meetup

Lara is a humble, deeply experienced leader, and this workshop reflects it. I not only learned powerful management techniques, but was able to apply the same almost immediately.

Clive Walmsley, Engineering Manager at Casper

Lara’s workshop goes far beyond educating managers on approach; she shifts the way managers think about themselves, their work and about the impact they can have on their team. Bringing Lara in is hands-down the best thing my company has ever done for my capabilities and career and, in turn, the best thing that could have happened for my reports.

Meg Adams, Engineering Manager at Condé Nast

Workshop Feedback Forms

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