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Rahul PandeyTech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei

Thank People (A Lot!)

Properly thanking people is how you build social capital. Social capital is how you advance your career, build influence, and get promoted.

Noob way of saying thank you: "Thanks for the pointer" ❌

Better way of saying thank you: "That was so helpful, you unblocked a critical milestone of this project" ✅

Some other tips:

  • Thank them in-person or over a call
  • Write a heartfelt thank you note (1 paragraph)
  • Let their manager know
  • Thank in public forums
  • Give them recurring thanks, e.g. in standup, at the team meeting, and when the project finishes