Describe the project or task the provider helped with:
I had a chance to work with BetterManager team on multiple occasions.
I used the management evaluation service and coaching sessions at the beginning of my management career. I then had a chance to do more coaching sessions at the later stages when I started to manage managers.
Apart from that, all of the Engineering Managers that I directly manage also used BetterManager coaching and evaluation.
Our latest collaboration was a series of workshops designed by Better Manager team to help Engineering Team Leads kickstart their management adventure.
What do you like best?
BetterManger team designed an evaluation survey for my direct reports. I got excellent feedback and then worked on some key areas during coaching sessions.
I had a chance to work with great coaches and got access to a broad set of training materials and resources.
The best part of BetterManager is the well-thought structure they've built on top of essential manager competencies and areas of experties. Manager job often feels chaotic and unstructured, but the way BetterManager team thinks about developing as a manager is simple and effective. It gives you the tools and a clear structure. They are able to turn management into a learnable skill, rather than frustrating trial and error game.
What do you dislike?
It's hard to tell about things I dislike about the cooperation with BetterManager. I enjoyed all of it!
I think effective coaching and mentoring requires commitment and an open-minded approach from coachee. Without it, even when working with the best coach will not help in becoming a great manager.
The team helps you with identifying skills and techniques you need to be successful, but developing these skills and techniques requires practice and patience. For example, becoming really good at giving and receiving feedback requires a lot of practice, and even with excellent help, it's often a very tough skill to learn.
What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?
There's a ton of different business problems that BetterManagers helps solving:
- effective communication
- passing constructive feedback
- sharing appreciation and recognition
- neuroscience in management
- running great 1on1s
- employee development
- evaluating team dynamics
- building and communicating vision and strategy
- performance management
- working with strengths
and many others