Guillermo de la Puente

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How to set up the Sendinblue tracker in a React TypeScript application

/ Development

Implement Sendinblue in your React TypeScript app faster by not needing to figure out these issues on your own. Read more


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When to write tests in the frontend, as a freelancer

/ Development

Here’s how I keep frontend testing useful without overdoing it. Read more


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How to prevent a Planetscale database from going into Sleep Mode with the free Hobby Olan

/ Development

Planetscale’s free Hobby plan makes inactive databases go into sleep mode. How to prevent it? Automation! Here are the steps to prevent your small project database from going into sleep mode. Read more


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What is it like to be a Digital Nomad staying at the Coliving Sun and Co. in Xàbia

/ Remote work

Located in Xàbia (Jávea), a Mediterranean coastal town in Spain, the coliving Sun and Co. has a great location, community, and environment for remote workers. Read more


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Hiring Manager Lessons Learned

/ Management

This blog post is to share some lessons I’ve learned as a hiring manager: Participate in Sourcing, Always Be Planting Seeds, Build Trust with Recruiting, and Set the Bar High with Candidate Experience. Read more


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What do we lose if we don’t make this decision?

/ Management

This question brought clarity and alignment to a hard-to-follow discussion. I was so surprised about the result that I wrote this blog post. Read more


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Getting others to act with No-Oriented Questions

/ Management

Asking no-oriented questions has improved my ability to influence others. Also, applying this technique to myself has pushed me to get done tedious but meaningful tasks I felt lazy about. Read more


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Growth Framework for Direct Reports

/ Management

I defined a baseline framework to manage growth of my direct reports. Not a one-size-fits-all solution, but a starting point. Read more


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Adoption of New Tools and Processes

/ Management

Have you ever feel frustrated that a process or tool you rolled out didn’t get adopted? I surely have. I’d ask myself why the heck the team wasn't doing that thing I asked them to do and made so much work for. The problem? My mindset. Read more


Direct Report Hand-Off

/ Management

This post explains how I’ve managed direct report hand-offs in the last year. Read more


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How To Communicate And Roll Out Changes: Change Rollout Documents

/ Management

In the day-to-day of the organization, do you know what we don't want any of? Surprise organizational changes. How can leaders roll out both planned and unexpected changes in the least surprising way possible? Read more


A structured approach to the Manager Review in Performance Reviews

/ Management

This format enables the direct report to have more clarity on each aspect. They can process each bullet point separately. It sticks better. Read more


A structured approach to the Peer Review summary in Performance Reviews

/ Management

This year, I've followed a more structured approach with some reviews. Now, my summaries are more accurate with what the peers wrote, as I don't feel tempted to add extra words to glue the different answers. The best is that, during the meeting, it focuses the conversation on the specific topic of the question. It allows pausing, reflecting and discussing each of them. Read more


A structured approach to the Self Review summary in Performance Reviews

/ Management

In the past, I've spent many hours preparing each performance review. This year, I've followed a more structured approach. Now, my summaries are more accurate with what the direct report wrote for each question. Which leads to a better mutual understanding. And sets the right stage for the peer and manager sections of the performance review. Read more


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Team Building with Abstract Contemporary Art

/ Management

One of the teams I manage has 5 members distributed between 5 cities. Wow! How would you go about making such a team start getting along? Here comes Team Building With Art, one of my tactics for creating a space to connect as a team. Read more


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What do collaborative teams have in common? From a Psychology student

/ Management

The very nature of organizations consists on collaboration, which means two or more people working together towards shared goals. We know collaboration is a good thing. However, both personal experience and scientific studies tell us that it isn’t as simple as putting a group of people together for the positive effects of collaboration to happen. In fact, working together can also be detrimental. Read more


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The Secret to Results that Last (from Atomic Habits)

An inspiring and useful book. Reading Atomic Habits by James Clear was quite a journey for me. I share one of my favorite sections with the positive intention of spreading the word and encouraging you to read the full book. Read more


[Podcast] Building a team from scratch with Splash

/ Management

Guillermo de la Puente, Engineering Manager at Splash, shares his story of moving from New York to Madrid to start building an engineering team from scratch. Read more


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How to practice Passage Meditation

Training my mind through meditation has enabled me to find calm more easily, slow down the pace, dissolve stress and boost my confidence in order to achieve my resolutions. It’s been one of the biggest life improvements I’ve made recently. But not every meditation style resonates with me. It was when I read Passage Meditation by Eknath Easwaran that I found the right method for me. It might be the right method for you as well. Read more


About company priorities

/ Management

How often have you seen companies working on the wrong things? How often innovation has taken resources over the main value proposition of the business, causing it to fail? My answer: too frequently. Read more


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Persuasion techniques by email: Your Expertise is Requested

/ Management

LinkedIn showed an excellent example of applying persuasion techniques on the last email I received from them, in September 2018. Read more


You're managing at least one person

/ Management

You’re continuously managing one person. You manage their time, energy, motivation and frustration. Read more


Tell-Show-Tell Method

/ Management

Since I learned about the Tell-Show-Tell method, I’ve used it almost every day at work. It’s a recipe to articulate explanations successfully that involves showing the usage of a product. Its beauty lies in its simplicity and effectiveness. Read more