The Looking Glass: Handy Lists for Your Everyday

July’s weekly Twitter threads, in one little e-mail

Julie Zhuo
2 min readAug 6, 2021

Hi there,

I hope you’re enjoying popsicles and midriffs, balmy evenings and outdoor dining. After going through an eventful July with my family (Covid! Quarantines! Ankle fracture! NYC!) it’s good to be back at home and approaching some more regularity.

Last month, my head was all over the place, as you can see from the variety of these threads, but besides a few reflections, a common theme seemed to be: tackle a big problem by whittling it down to a few bite-sized ones. Oh the joy of lists!

My 7 Favorite Threads from the past 6 months

Isn’t this meta now?

7 Management Trust Killers

Know them to avoid them.

How I Explain Tech Jobs to my Grandparents

I’m a sucker for a fun metaphor.

How to Give Feedback to your Notoriously Defensive Manager

Feedback is a gift, so give it generously with this handy little guide and witness the change.

How to Hire Your First Designer

Lots of start-up capital = lots of companies cruising for talent.

Bonus: Your Definition of Success

I was so excited to talk with the brilliant 2021 graduates of the Human Centered Design & Engineering program at UW about a topic near and dear to my heart: playing your own game and designing your own rules. Though I’m a bit rusty on writing essays this year, the words didn’t come easily but they came truly. Read the transcript here.

Twitter avatar for @joulee

Julie Zhuo @joulee

July 30th 2021

10 Retweets83 Likes

To a bright August ahead.




Julie Zhuo

Building Sundial ( Former Product Design VP @ FB. Author of The Making of a Manager. Find me @joulee. I love people, nuance, and systems.