I’m a Technical Program Manager. At least, that’s what you’ll find on my business card, but it’s not what I enjoy most. I enjoy coaching. I enjoy helping people find the answers inside themselves instead of offering up my own solutions. After all, my teams are the ones in the trenches. They have the best information to decide what to do next so why wouldn’t their solutions be better than my own? Unfortunately, I spend the bulk of my time as a TPM and only a small portion as a coach.
I posed this dilemma to John Culter over lunch last week, and he offered some excellent advice. Stop talking about coaching. Forget about explaining what problems you might be able to solve in the role. Instead, start more simply:
Start with your beliefs.
See where your beliefs and those of your leaders align and then decide what to do next. To that end, here’s several that fit my context. A few might resonate with your situation:[Read more…]