Is Product Coaching Right For Me?

career confidence product coaching Jul 13, 2023
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The real truth - we all need a coach, teacher, leader - to get us to the next level. We have had people further ahead in their journey guiding us our whole lives. And that doesn't stop just because you are in your professional journey. 

Coaching (and consulting because the words are often used interchangeably) comes in many different flavors. I'm here to guide you on your journey with PxA Coaching. We don't follow a rigid program or offer fancy graduations – instead, we tailor our approach to your unique coaching goals and circumstances as a Product Manager or Product Leader.

Let's dive into our coaching process:

  1. Snapshot and Context:

    We'll start by understanding your organizational position, business model, the products you work on, your immediate team, key stakeholders, and the overall structure and leadership of your organization.

  2. Obvious Areas for Growth:

    We'll identify the areas that led you to consider Product Coaching and integrate them into relevant sessions. Whether you're a Product Manager or Product Leader, we'll work on enhancing specific competencies, such as Product Discovery techniques or Product Optimization strategies, through competency assessments and skill-building exercises.

  3. Addressing Your Concerns:

    We'll uncover the root of what keeps you up at night and develop plans to tackle those areas of growth. This may involve providing templates, frameworks, tools, recommended readings, or homework assignments to facilitate immediate application.

  4. Not-So-Obvious Areas for Growth:

    As our coaching relationship progresses, we'll explore less apparent growth opportunities, including people dynamics, relationship building, and understanding the natural tensions within your organization's structure. Together, we'll collaboratively problem-solve and develop strategies that align with your specific needs.

  5. Collaborative Work:

    We can hold working sessions to review and collaborate on various aspects, such as overall vision, strategy, roadmaps, communication plans, user research, board updates, business cases, and team topology. I'll serve as your partner, leveraging my knowledge of how other functions in your organization may respond to your work.

  6. Coaching Approach:

    Our coaching sessions won't follow a linear path. We'll jump among topics, as everything intersects in Product. Each session will focus on a maximum of two topics, ensuring depth and progress. I'll provide hot takes, strongly held opinions, and mentorship along the way, caring about your growth as a Product professional beyond your current circumstances.

  7. Energizing Your Work:

    The goal is to end each session with you feeling grounded, confident, and equipped with a plan for your next steps. Coaching is an opportunity to be vulnerable, strengthen your thinking, and reignite your passion for Product. It's challenging but immensely rewarding. Personally, coaching great Product People is one of the most fulfilling experiences I've had.

Ready to embark on this transformative journey? Schedule your coaching intro session now and let's accelerate your growth as a Product professional.


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