Thank you, this program has been such a big eye opener. I’m really thankful that I went through it, it helps me become a better resource for my team.
I've made great progress thanks to the program. The weekly check-ins helped me stay accountable for the program and ensured I followed through with the readings and suggestions. It was valuable to chat with Yen and try different activities.
We went over Fierce Conversations and Radical Candor, which have been critical for conversations with my direct reports. I was able to ask for more open questions to my direct reports, and received feedback from them as to things they would like to try as a team. The greatest thing of all is that those suggestions for process changes all come from my agents and that they’re coming to me with feedback!
Thanks to the program, I feel more confident. I was able to receive feedback from my reports. I really liked the audit. Having them fill out the survey and the audit of my areas of opportunity — that was really valuable. It was a really nice cycle of me improving and receiving constant feedback on my improvement at the same time.
All the tools and documentation I received was specifically about my areas of opportunity. Some of the PDFs I’ll never forget. I saved them so I can go back and read through them again.
As a mentor, Yen walked me through the readings and frameworks. They made it feel organic. It made it easier to integrate these learnings into what I was already working with. Our conversations were converted into actions.
We really started, truly, in a kind of a blank slate situation where I was having one-on-ones but they weren’t really anything to write home about. This really changed in the past month to a whole different format, which the team absolutely loves. We’re also incorporating a little more in-depth career conversations.
For me, the most valuable part of this program has been the very individualized feedback and getting opportunities to chat through issues that I ran into. A book just doesn’t give you that. It's really easy to forget to prioritize leadership development, but knowing that I had homework and that it’s due made it really easy for me to keep on track.
I’ve gotten so much positive feedback. My boss and my boss’s boss have both noticed. This program built a lot of confidence for me.
One of the most important outcomes of Remote Manager Accelerator for me was improving my one-on-ones. Accelerator helped me focus on this part of the management art, and the materials shared by Kona’s team helped me find the most useful format.
The program really changed the way I look at one-on-ones - it was a complete shift. When I wasn’t managing, I thought one-on-ones are just a conversation. Now I know that this is one of the most important things you can do as a manager. During my time in the accelerator, I figured out what not to do - and what we are probably all doing as new managers. I learned that you must prepare a lot for your one-on-ones, and now I block time in my calendar. I also block time post-one-on-ones to ensure that I follow up on what people say to me. I referenced the program’s questions and came up with unique questions per person. I continue using the shared materials almost every time I prepare, to make sure that I do not forget to ask questions from different domains.
Support from Kona’s team helped me to ask bigger questions with more confidence and experience that spark when people open up for the right questions.
I’m super interested in leadership development and reading a lot on my own, but the program added a process and accountability to it. It helped me say, “Okay, I need to work on this thing in particular, and this week I’m going to dedicate my time to learning it” and allow myself to dive into the subject. We often are buried in operational tasks, and external guidance helps us to remember what’s important.
The readings, rose and thorn exercise, and chatting with Yen were super helpful. It’s helpful having someone outside the company as a mentor. You’re more willing to admit any mistakes or concerns.
I feel more bold in giving feedback and more direct. I recalibrated myself. I’m sure it’ll be an ongoing process but this was a blindspot for me that I feel like I’ve corrected.
This program really encouraged me to take action. I really liked that format. I read leadership books on my own, but I don’t usually get the opportunity to talk about it. Having someone to bounce ideas off of and coming away with action items is great.
I feel like I made progress in leaps and bounds. I struggled with one on ones as I didn’t know what to talk about. But now, coming out of that block of meetings, I feel really good about where I’m at and where the team is at. It’s been huge—-I’m making effort to make notes for every one on one meeting with the agenda and sections we workshopped. My teammates are coming to me more, they’re looking to collaborate on things we’ve talked about.
This week, I heard feedback from my manager that he’s noticed that projects have been going very well and to keep up the great work.
It felt very personalized. The team knew about leadership resources that would be useful and shared them with me according to my needs. The clear direction and actionable process was helpful. It didn’t feel like I was put on a track and the curriculum had enough flexibility to allow participants’ focus areas to evolve.
Yen asked good questions during our check-ins and it helped me go a layer or two deeper into topics. Our conversations around limiting beliefs helped me explore why I feel and act the way I do. Having a person adds weight to the experience. Especially as leaders get busy, having a meeting helps you do the things you wouldn’t otherwise do.
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