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Congratulations! You’re promoted to a manager but NOW WHAT?

You’ve discovered that the skills that got you here won’t help you become a confident manager.

You want to feel confident knowing how to motivate your team and be a manager your team looks up to.

You’re doing many things but you feel lost as to whether you’re on the right track.

You’re having frequent one-on-ones but your advice seems to fall on deaf ears.

You’ve told your team what they need to deliver on their projects but they are unmotivated and fail to deliver, again.

 

When I was promoted to a manager, there wasn’t any training and I had to learn everything on the job. I doubted myself every single day and felt lost, depressed and stressed out about my new role.

I’ve gone through exactly what you’ve been through, so I get it. But I also know it doesn’t have to be this way. 

Through trial and error, I’ve figured out how to be a great manager but it took me a long time, a lot of stress and occasionally, tears too.

I’ve seen many new managers like you with the same challenges - going through imposter syndrome, self-doubts, and stress as I did. With my support, I know I can help you start with the right foundations and shorten the time it takes to ramp up in your new role.

Foundational steps like:

  • how to feel confident in your new role even if you’re starting out 
  • when to take on tasks yourself and when to delegate
  • how to conduct useful one-on-ones with your direct reports (even those who used to be your peers!)
  • how to provide feedback that is clear and direct
  • how to speak so your team listens

How did I get here?

When I first moved into the management role, I was given 3 teams of 8 to start, including team members who used to be my peers in the same team. It was quite the bumpy ride!

As there weren't any training on how to be a manager, I've made many mistakes. I realized that most of the skills that made me successful as a software engineer were not helping me to become a successful manager. I had to learn how to be good in my new role from scratch.

I was stressed out every day and doubted myself every single step. I thought to myself, “There’s got to be a better way!”. 

So I started paying attention to the successful managers in my organization and started asking them for help. 

Whenever I find myself in a new tricky situation, I would ask for their advice. It was through failing, learning from those mistakes, picking myself up and trying again that made me the manager I am today.

My experience

Over the years, I’ve managed software engineers ranging from interns right out of school to ex-Google engineers. I've coached teams of 8 to teams of 16. 

I've broken up teams and formed new teams. I've coached dysfunctional teams with very low trust to teams that are high-performing. I've also hired amazing software engineers and let others go.

In addition to my experience being a manager, I’ve also pursued certifications in coaching to deepen my skills. I believe to be a great manager, you have to understand people and to do so, you’ll need to have some basic coaching techniques and know when to be a coach and when to be a manager (which can be learned without a fancy certification or a 6-month long training!).

Why is this important?

I feel managers are sorely under supported. A recent study by CareerBuilder.com shows that 58% of managers said they didn’t receive any management training.

And in a Gallup study, 50% of employees leave because of their managers. The manager accounts for at least 70% of the difference in employee engagement.

These studies show that managers have a larger than we think impact on organization and are critical roles to help employees feel more engaged. Yet at the same time, compared to other levels in the organization, their training are often overlooked.

Why do I care?

It sounds corny but I want to make a difference in the world, using my skills and working on things I’m passionate about. I believe I can make the most impact by helping managers like you be successful because I love seeing teams productive and happy and I think that's what you wish for yourself too.

What I want the most for you is to feel that you have what it takes to be a great manager. All you need is someone who’s been through what you’ve been through, give you step by step support and guide you along the way.

If this resonates with you, here are the following ways you can work with me: