Writing

I write for Forbes and HBR. I will be writing more about my experiences as Chief Learning Officer at Udemy on a monthly basis. My focus areas include working with Udemy and its customers to design innovative solutions that meet the learning and cultural needs of a distributed workplace. I will also be writing more about my upcoming book, ReCulturing.

Articles I've Written

Why Great Employees Leave "Great Cultures"

“We have a great culture.” We have all heard it. We have all said it. But what does that mean? Ping-Pong tables, free meals, and beer on tap?  No.Yoga, CrossFit classes, and massage chairs? I so need that, but no.

Listening Is An Overlooked Leadership Tool

“What do you think?”

I ask this question a lot. My team knows that when they come to me with a question, this is likely the question I’ll come back with first. Sometimes I even preface it with, “I don’t know.” As leaders in our organizations, it’s up to us to coach colleagues and our employees through finding that answer. 

Why Leadership Development Has To Happen On The Job

At a recent leadership summit we held at Twitter with 100 of our top global leaders, our agenda was to talk about our strategic direction and get aligned as a leadership team. Then, the day before the summit, news leaked of several executive departures. The context of our discussions had shifted. 

Three Things You Must Do Immediately As A New Leader

You have 30 days to show your team what you’ve got

I often tell my executive-coaching clients that the first 30 days in a new role are the most critical. That’s the amount of time you have to show your team, your manager, and your colleagues what you’ve got as a leader.

5 Misconceptions We Need To Unlearn About Company Culture

When your manager is consistently late to your 1:1s (or cancels them) and then talks the whole time.When promotions happen randomly instead of being based on any of the defined promotional criteria.

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10 Amazing Company Culture Consultants You Should Hire Right Now

If you’re looking to transform your company culture, here are 10 amazing consultants that can help you with your cause. These standout HR leaders have vast experience with evaluating company culture, identifying areas for improvement, and providing a real action plan on what to do next.

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How @TWITTER Handles #learning

It’s easy to get the wrong idea about Twitter Inc. Young company, digital focus, Silicon Valley location — it probably has one of those crazy startup cultures with apps and avatars and such oozing from every developmental pore, right? Not really.

According to Melissa Daimler, head of learning and organizational development…

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Q & A with Melissa Daimlaer

Until recently, Melissa Daimler led Twitter’s learning and organizational development team. She’s made a career of integrating interests in learning, coaching, and organizational dynamics, and led the learning and organizational consulting team at Adobe Systems prior to joining Twitter. Daimler also is a featured speaker and contributor to Harvard Business Review.