They leveled up, and so will you.
Individual contributor gets rejected then becomes team lead.
Jason is an individual contributor with strong technical skills but wants to advance and keep growing in his career. Deep down Jason knows he has a greater potential than where he is at today. His boss stat him down to deliver the bad news… Keep reading Jasons story.
Jason: I didn’t get promoted and I was suppose to be, instead they hired someone from the outside to lead the new team. Why was I passed up? I was frustrated venting about this to a friend of mine on the other side of town. He told me to checkout the ModernCTO podcast. I started listening to all of these great leaders who had made the transition from individual contributor to leaders of these large companies. Then I heard a guest on the podcast talk about how they use LeaderBits to level up their people.
I watched a few videos about the program and then decided to meet with one of the Leadership advisors. I was hesitant from the cost of the program but then realized it’s about what I pay for personal training so I just saw this as training for my career. The only difference is that if it worked I’d make more money and that isn’t true for hitting the gym.
Meeting the the Leadership Advisor was fun, I got Allison as my Advisor. She asked me about where I’m at today and where I want to be. She learned about my exact situation, who was on my team, who the leaders where I report to. Then she developed a strategy so that I keep showing them value and improvement consistently over time so that the next time an opportunity came they would know i’m capable and i’ve been working hard for it.
Onboarding went smooth, I began taking action with the challenges immediately. The 2 leaders I report to were skeptical at first, but they were happy that I was doing more than my peers. About week 6 they became flat out impressed with my commitment and progress in the program. 3 months after starting the program Kevin and Nick came to me and said another team was opening and they would like to offer me the position instead of hiring externally.
I was ecstatic, and a bit surprised that it actually worked. But from a logical perspective it makes sense. Because they could see my capabilities and desire to grow and improve they were confident in my ability to lead. Without making my ability tangible I was just another team member that “wanted more” but had not done anything to showcase my abilities for the role. That’s why i’m grateful to have found LeaderBits. Now i’m in a higher level program and plan on moving from team lead to managing multiple teams.
Team lead hustle and became Director/VP
Abigail was comfortable running a team, but now she’s managing people who manage teams with 20+ people under her. She’s not slowing down anytime soon, but she needs some help mastering this new level. Keep reading abigail’s story.
I was in year 3 at my company had gotten to a good level managing my own team and 2 others. But during the growth we brought in a lot of “top people” from big brands that made it more difficult for me to advance quickly. How can I compete for a “engineering director” against a form Uber and Google employees the recruiters keep bringing in?
Just 3 years ago I was an entry level engineer but I’ve been working hard and learning, I’m ready and I deserve more. I had been reading the books, attending workshops and conferences, my teams were happy and productive. How could I be doing everything right yet still not be the first pick for a higher level position? I posted on twitter and got referred to LeaderBits by a friend who told me “they level you up, that’s their entire job”
Poking around the site I found a video talking about how to level up. The video talked about how to get experience at the next level without holding the position. It made sense and gave me a new perspective. I decided to give it a shot and signed up.
I met with a leadership advisor Jim who was professional and friendly. We discussed everything about my company, my teams, my story. He really understood who I was and what I wanted. The best part is I didn’t feel alone or like I was beating my head against the wall. I felt like I had someone on my team now to support me on my journey.
I began the program which is based on weekly actions and then meeting every 6 weeks with Jim to check on the progress. The program is completely customized to me which I really like. I also enjoy “LeaderBot” which holds me accountable, reminds me when i’m falling behind because work got too busy and I forgot to do a challenge.
After 7 months in the program keeping the value in front of my leader I still wasn’t leveled up and was starting to get nervous. However looking back on the 28 weeks and challenges I had completed I felt amazing and confident in my abilities It’s amazing how my experience compounded so fast.
I met with Jim to share my frustration and he agreed I was ready. So we developed a strategy for me. We determined exactly how I would leverage my Reflect DB entries for an official “Ask”. I was incredibly nervous but Jim coached me and prepared me. I went in for the “Ask” to my CTO, confidently with a strategy and my track record of growth.
Mark, my CTO was impressed. Scanning over my documents nodding up and down. He said “Okay, let’s level you up, I’ll need a day to figure out the details and get an offer together.” We shook hands and the following week I had a raise, a handful of new responsibilities along with a new title Director of Platform Engineering.