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Speaking with peers in similar roles about their challenges can help overcome imposter syndrome. Timi Omotoso, a fintech product manager in Nigeria, shares her experience with CoffeeChat’s Peer Coaching Network.
Which is the most demanded leadership development benefit? Our recent poll on LinkedIn shows a strong interest in having employers sponsor 1:1 professional coaching.
CoffeeChat’s redesigned team dashboard makes it easier than ever to launch a coaching program and measure the results. HR and L&D leaders are invited to request a demo of our company dashboard features.
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How Monthly Peer Coaching Sessions Help FinTech Product Manager Overcome Imposter Syndrome
Omotoso “Timi” Oluwatimilehin is based in Lagos, Nigeria and serves as a Product Manager at Dojah, an African fintech startup that offers identity verification API services. Product managers play a pivotal role in bridging gaps between vision and execution, such as creating compromises when there are resource constraints or disagreements in design decisions. In her past two roles, Timi has reported directly to a co-founder. She has learned to identify data to present to founders to help them make decisions.
Timi sees herself growing into a Head of Product or Country Manager role in the future, and continues to seek out and use a variety of tools and resources to develop and support herself professionally. One of those resources is the CoffeeChat Peer Coaching Network, which connects her with another Manager from a different company each month. She joined several months ago and has been paired with a number of different managers at other tech startups.
Timi says these monthly two-way learning conversations have helped her gain new perspectives on Product Management, since different sectors and countries use a variety of analytics that have broadened her view. She says the calls have also made her more aware of actively listening. Most importantly, she has gained more clarity and confidence in her role to overcome feelings of imposter syndrome. Speaking with peers from other companies has made her realize she is more on track than she gives herself credit for, and that she’s not alone in facing the everyday challenges that come with a Product Manager role.
1:1 Professional Coaching Is A Sought-After Benefit
To compete for talent, companies are stepping up to provide more benefits for their rising leaders. In a recent poll we ran on our LinkedIn company page, 73% of respondents indicated 1:1 Professional Coaching as the leadership development benefit that would most prefer their company sponsor for them.
Launching a Coaching Program with CoffeeChat
In our 2021 Manager Support Survey last year, a majority on respondents indicated administrative burden as a barrier to expanding access to professional coaching to more of their managers. Our newly redesigned team dashboard makes it easier than ever to launch a coaching program, across both our professional and peer coaching networks, and measure the results. HR and L&D leaders are invited to request a demo of our updated features and offerings.