January 20, 2023
Learning your new way to success
Alka Choudhary switched from people centric roles to being a Product Owner, which is an individual contributor role, comprising a different set of tasks and capabilities. She was on the same team she managed before but in new territory now.
Starting off was fairly comfortable, as she already had a working relationship with the team, however part of her role was to perform requirement reviews for a large audience, for which she had to be sufficiently knowledgeable, although she didn't feel this way. She found herself overwhelmed and in emotional turmoil.
After several reviews that didn't go as she planned, she thought: Either I let it drown me or I overcome it. She embraced the challenges and was able to bounce back and rise.
"I was kind of burning myself in those feelings but I was determined to rise, like a phoenix, and the learning carried me forward."
What helped Alka rise back? Her secret strength is knowing how much she needs to know about a topic, and where to stop the learning. In a domain where you can spend months learning a topic, and in a world of fast paced increasing knowledge, this is a key capability: knowing the right place to stop.