“Living things tend to change unrecognizably as they grow. Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? Flora or fauna, we are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.”
This beautiful quote from the poet Diane Ackerman adds lightness and openness to the otherwise unpleasant concept of “change.” Many of us recognize it is inevitable – seasons change, our careers and organizations change; companies we work for are now different from when we joined them. Change is not always positive, nor is it in our control most of the time. But it does not have to feel chaotic or helpless. We can work with external changes and use them as facilitators of our personal and professional transformation. Coaching is one of the skillful means you can lean on to intentionally drive a change you want to see within yourself or a team.
In the last few years, I’ve worked with clients across different B2B and B2C industries ranging from a small team to large corporations. While I do see the majority of product managers and leaders coming to me from high-growth Bay Area tech startups, my client base is very diverse and spans North America, Europe, Arabic countries, and Oceania.
After working with me, clients share that they find a newfound sense of purpose, direction, and clarity in their product careers. They report feeling more in control and less stressed during a job search interview; they go through it knowing what they want, their non-negotiables, and the steps needed to get to their North Star. Clients share a loud voice that tells them they are not good, smart, experienced, talented, or innovative enough as product managers become quieter. Moreover, they report feeling more confident and open when stepping into a leader’s role.
Katia has been instrumental in helping me improve as a Product Manager. In only a few sessions, we identified and resolved some areas that allowed me to be a better Product Manager. Her attention to detail, listening to my situation and thoughtful responses allowed us to hit the ground running immediately. Lastly, working with her gave me a sense of “professional therapy” that I needed to help with processing past experiences. This alone has given me the belief in myself I needed for a while. Obviously, I look forward to working more with her to find other areas where I can improve and elevate my career even further.”
Either you are a leader, a seasoned Product Manager, or relatively new to the field, expect to do the work when coaching with me. Consider coaching to be an actively managed investment. While my style is a blend of coaching, mentoring, and advising, my clients see impactful results within a few months only when they recognize they need a change and commit to doing the work. If you are still unsure if this is for you, schedule a free discovery call with me. I enjoy meeting new product managers and leaders, learning about their journeys, companies, teams, challenges, and co-creating ways of solving these challenges.