Feb 8, 2021, 8:00 AM
In the fall, I finally took the Co-Active Fundamentals program that I had been wanting to take for some time. Once the courses went online, it was easy to sign up for one and I did so pretty much immediately. It was a pretty full on four...
Make Don’t Break #MakeDontBreak
Feb 1, 2021, 8:00 AM
I did the #MakeDontBreak challenge in January, and I wrote up how I found it and what I learned.
2020 in Writing
Jan 25, 2021, 8:00 AM
I sent 13 WTHIC letters from three countries, had five articles in Qz. I was also on the UK Channel 4 News. This blog was seen by just over 25K visitors for a little more than 41K views, and I published just 20 posts (many of which just...
2020 in Photos
Jan 18, 2021, 8:00 AM
Since 2017, I’ve been posting a photo every day to Instagram and photo.cate.blog. I kept that up last year, posting 363 photos in total. In 2020 most challenging was the monotony of long periods of lockdown, but I’m glad I kept...
Jan 11, 2021, 8:00 AM
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~Will Durant, paraphrasing Aristotle I used to be a fan of setting a word as an intention for the year. I fell off it at some point, or at least off documenting...
12 Days of Creativity
Jan 4, 2021, 8:00 AM
Something that I was struggling with as 2020 came to a close was that I was leaving the year the same way I started it – feeling burnt out. Whilst things had improved – I had managed to get a better baseline, address life debt,...
Interview in Capital.bg
Dec 30, 2020, 8:00 AM
I was interviewed for capital.bg for an article about people who had a good 2020. The original is in Bulgarian, so a moderately edited (in line with my original answers in English) machine translation is below. Cate Huston – a...
The Great DomestiCation
Dec 13, 2020, 8:00 PM
I staged my house, photographed it, and wrote up a very detailed post of the ~year long project that was buying and renovating it. I call it: The Great DomestiCation.
Dec 11, 2020, 8:00 AM
I recorded an episode of the Supermanagers podcast and it was really fun! We talked about many things including the importance of coachability, why you should get rid of your boring meetings, and the worst manager I ever had. Listen on:...
You can fix your hiring process: Here’s your five-step plan
Nov 25, 2020, 8:00 AM
My latest in Quartz… As a manager who has usually taken over teams that have been struggling in some way, there is something that I’ve consistently had to do: fix the hiring process. Hiring well is a huge lever for team...
DevInterrupted Podcast and AMA
Nov 18, 2020, 5:26 PM
I recorded a podcast recently for DevInterrupted, where we talked about async communication, team experiments, and the post Eli and I wrote about hotfixes for your newly remote team. I’ll also be doing an AMA on Friday 7 am Pacific /...
Interview: Cate Huston of DuckDuckGo on building a high-aspiring career without burnout
Sep 30, 2020, 8:00 AM
I did an interview a while ago (all delays my fault) with Yerbo who created the Burnout Index, talking about burnout, kindness, good friends and self care. Read the article
Hotfixes for your Newly Remote Team
Sep 23, 2020, 8:00 AM
As many of us accept the new reality, hair increasingly wild, and perhaps having embraced a pandemic wardrobe (daytime pajamas are a legit work outfit now), there’s no return to the office in sight for those of us who can work remotely....
Remote Work Discussion on Channel 4 News
Sep 2, 2020, 8:00 AM
I was on the UK’s Channel 4 news talking about remote work, you can see the video which is provocatively titled “‘Economy could be at a standstill if we don’t get people back into work’ – businesswoman Linda Plant”. I do...
How I Offloaded My Anxiety to Trello
Jul 22, 2020, 8:00 AM
I’ve never been good at what you might call “life admin”, but I used to keep track of it through having a high level of 1) recall, 2) guilt and anxiety. I can’t say this system was working well, I was pretty behind...
Building Alignment with Co Leadership
Jun 3, 2020, 8:00 AM
In February I took the building alignment workshop run by Co Leadership with my colleague (at the time) Beau. I had wanted to take one of Jean and Edmond’s workshops for some time, and it did not disappoint; it was super helpful,...
Books about Therapy
May 27, 2020, 8:00 AM
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Amazon) was one of the most impactful books I read in 2019. It was extremely readable and super insightful. Reading this book fundamentally changed my approach to therapy, helped me accelerate my progress,...
Remote-team managers can learn a lot from open-source communities
May 20, 2020, 3:00 PM
My latest in Quartz… It is truly a difficult and emotionally exhausting time to be a manager. Even those who are used to managing remotely are having to navigate the shifting expectations and chaos of disrupted lives and disrupted...
The only truthful answer to any question about management
Apr 15, 2020, 8:00 AM
My latest in Quartz… With a few other people, I run a Slack chat group for engineering managers. We’ve made some deliberate choices—for example, we don’t have a channel for #inclusion. Every so often this comes up, and we invoke our...
How to fix five of the most common pain points of working from home
Apr 1, 2020, 8:00 AM
My latest in Quartz… Over the past couple of weeks there has been so much conversation about how to work remotely, missing the key phrase during a global pandemic, which I’m not sure any of us has the answer to. Meanwhile, a lot of...
Three signs of a poor hiring process—and four ways to fix it
Mar 17, 2020, 8:00 AM
My latest in Quartz… When given the opportunity to establish a process, we’re all biased to advocate for one in which we would be successful ourselves. In hiring, this plays out in two main ways: “A” players build monocultures,...
Mar 11, 2020, 8:00 AM
Last week Nicole Sanchez of Vaya Consulting and I ran a webinar on remote management, you can find the video below. It was super fun recording it! There was also a summary post on WordPress.com. Tweet your questions at us with the hashtag...
The “Care” in “Self Care”
Jan 22, 2020, 8:00 AM
On my weekly todo list, there is an item “do something nice for a friend”. Last week, I assembled a care package. I asked myself, “what does a useless man need but won’t buy for himself?” – the answer,...
Book: Living by the Code
Jan 15, 2020, 8:00 PM
I’m in this book Living By the Code, talking about engineering management. Ray helpfully pulled out some of his highlights from my interview: 1) Keeping a team productiveI loved the section where you talked about orienting the entire...