In response to yesterday’s email, Dan asked, “What advice do you have for addressing the insecurity I feel that my team can’t see the value I’m adding?”
Dan, I understand exactly how you feel. I often worried that my team would think I wasn’t adding value. That since I wasn’t coding, I was just a ‘waste of space.’ 🙂
Some conditions which created my insecurity were:
- My (somewhat) recovering addition to the daily dopamine hits that programming gave me.
- Imposter syndrome and the secret worry, “Am I suppose to be here?”
- Absence of explicit, direct feedback loops about my work
- Very long feedback loops, often taking months or years before I saw the outcomes of my efforts. Or maybe, never.
The conditions might be different for you, though the result is similar.
What helped me was:
- Finding new sources of feedback
- Finding ways to get feedback quickly
- Understanding the impact (value) of good managers on the team
Before I share what I tried, let me ask y’all:
- What are three new sources of feedback you could tap into?
- Which of them might provide fast feedback loops?
- What is the impact of BAD managers where you work? Does that help you see the impact of GOOD managers?
Write me back, and I’ll share ideas out to the list.