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Hello [Employee Name]!

At [Company Name], we’ve enjoyed saving money this past year on electricity, cafeteria food, and sexual harassment lawsuits. But we miss seeing you all at your desks, and walking about town on the weekends wearing your company billboards (a.k.a. t-shirts). …


I want to hear the applause, but from behind the curtain

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I’ve always been fascinated by confident people — the ones who announce their latest achievement at a party, or who seem happy to share their latest success across all their social media channels.

I don’t mean arrogant braggarts. …


A lesson plan for losing

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It’s time to head back to school! Have you gotten your children all the basics? New pens and a new lunchbox? Sanitizer, masks, and a Paw Patrol–themed hat that circulates air at the speed of light around your child’s face?

Sorry to break it to you, but your kid won’t…


When you find yourself getting frustrated with colleagues, ask yourself what’s motivating them

A large woman with a crown sits on a throne above her coworkers who are small and looking up at her feet.
Illustration: Simo Liu

Jessica Powell, the former Google vice president who wrote The Big Disruption and told you how to quit your job, is here to answer your common but tricky work questions. Check back every other week for more management advice with a tech inflection.

I work with people who are inconsistently…


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Into the Valley

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This article is part of Into the Valley, a feature series from OneZero about Silicon Valley, the people who live there, and the technology they create.

In one of my final interviews for a job at Google, I was asked why I wanted to join the company. It was a…


You can support your colleague while still providing criticism

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Jessica Powell, the former Google vice president who wrote The Big Disruption and told you how to quit your job, is here to answer your common but tricky work questions. Check back every other week for more management advice with a tech inflection.

At my company, we do peer reviews…


We would all love a raise and a title bump, but the truth is it takes time

Illustration: Simo Liu

Jessica Powell, the former Google vice president who wrote The Big Disruption and told you how to quit your job, is here to answer your common but tricky work questions. Check back every other week for more management advice with a tech inflection.

As a manager, I occasionally find myself…


You don’t need management experience to have leadership potential

An illustration of a person walking up building blocks and holding the block for the next step.
Illustration: Simo Liu

Jessica Powell, the former Google vice president who wrote The Big Disruption and told you how to quit your job, is here to answer your common but tricky work questions. Check back every other week for more management advice with a tech inflection.

I’m an individual contributor at a growing…


Whoever owns the meeting needs to keep it moving

Illustration: Simo Liu

Jessica Powell, the former Google vice president who wrote The Big Disruption and told you how to quit your job, is here to answer your common but tricky work questions. Check back every other week for more management advice with a tech inflection.

I am a manager with a secret…


How do you know if someone can thrive in a fast-changing environment?

Illustration: Simo Liu

Jessica Powell, the former Google vice president who wrote The Big Disruption and told you how to quit your job, is here to answer your common but tricky work questions. Check back every other week for more management advice with a tech inflection.

When it comes to hiring, we tend…

Jessica Powell

Technophile, technophobe. Music software start-up founder. Former Google VP. Author, The Big Disruption. Fan of shochu, chocolate, and the absurd.

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