Q&A about the course
What does it mean for a course to be experiential?
By experiential, we mean that you'll have hands-on practice in the Learning Labs using the tools and frameworks as part of the course.
We design all our courses to be heavily experiential because decades of research show that experiential learning is far more effective than learning something in theory (by reading a book, or watching a powerpoint presentation, or attending a lecture). And once you've practiced applying the tools with other participants, you're far better equipped to apply them back at work.
What if I miss some of the live sessions?
The live components of the course are the Learning Labs and the live group coaching calls.
We'll be organizing Learning Labs per module where you can just show up and practice. But if you can't make the hosted sessions, we'll also be provide detailed instructions — so that you can find another student and organize your own self-guided Learning Lab at a time convenient for you.
Our live group coaching calls are also recorded so that you can learn from the Q&A even if you miss a session.
Is this course right for me if I’m an individual contributor and not leading a team?
Absolutely! The sooner you learn how to build alignment, the more time you’ll have to hone your skills, and the benefits will compound. A project that gets shipped weeks or months earlier because of stronger alignment means more time and energy to work on the next higher-impact project, and that can mean sooner promotions and opportunities to have more responsibility and impact.
You have lifetime access to the content and the online community — so you can always review the material throughout your career.
Several people at my company are interested. Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, we're happy to offer group rates. Please email us at email@example.com with approximate number of people interested.
How do I ask my manager to sponsor me to take the course?
One of the most valuable skills we can develop is advocating for ourselves. The most important thing is to ask. Show them this page. They can say no, there's no budget, but then they know you're interested in leadership training, and that may open up other possibilities and opportunities.
Start the conversation with what you're hoping to get out of it that would be good for your team or company: “I'm looking to develop skills to have a greater impact on the company,” or “I want to learn how to more effectively work with my peers across the company so that we can make decisions faster.” One of our previous participants thought that leadership experience wasn't directly relevant to her work as an individual contributor, but when she asked her manager, he just said, “Of course! Sign up right away.”
Is the online course as good as an in-person experience?
After every event we run, we debrief and discuss what would translate well into an online experience, what wouldn't translate well into an online experience, and what would be possible or even better for an online experience. We're confident that we've created an online course that is as experiential and as powerful as our live, in-person experience — with the added flexibility for you of being able to take it anywhere at your own pace.
Will the course be relevant if I’m not an engineer?
While our backgrounds are in in software engineering, we’ve been working cross-functionally in tech companies throughout careers. None of the tools we teach are unique to engineering — though some of our stories will draw from our engineering experience.
What we bring is a highly systematized approach toward building alignment that can be understood and applied by anyone in tech.
Will the course be relevant for my unique situation?
We've coached and trained hundreds of engineering leaders across the industry, and we hear this a lot. The feeling of your situation being unique is real — and indeed people's situations are different. But you'd also be surprised how many pervasive themes there are throughout the industry.
This limiting belief that no one else shares your situation is also incredibly isolating. It makes it harder to ask for help if you don't feel like anyone understands what you're going through. Many people struggle with imposter syndrome, not feeling good enough, not knowing whether they're doing a good job, in some shape or form. We've crafted this course to have multiple layers of learnings so that it is extremely applicable to any leader in tech.
Can’t I learn the same thing from books?
Books are fantastic resources — we love books. You may be an avid reader of books like Radical Candor or The Manager's Path, or maybe you like shorter resources like blog posts about engineering leadership. But understanding something intellectually isn't the same as internalizing it into your daily practice.
We've designed this course to be highly experiential and with lots of opportunities to practice — effectively bridging the gap between intellectual understanding and applying the tools at work.
I’m not located in the San Francisco Bay Area, can I attend the program?
Yes! We're so excited to make this course accessible worldwide. You can watch and read all the content at your own pace, and all the learning labs and live coaching happens online.
How advanced is the material?
The material is very accessible and also has layers on layers of complexity for those wanting more depth and nuance. We've had attendees who are individual contributors looking to work more smoothly with peers, and we've also had seasoned engineering managers and product managers running 100+ person teams. No matter where you are in your career, the material will be relevant and impactful for you.
How much time should I expect to spend on the program?
The course consists of four core modules. We've designed the modules to be taken one per week, but you're welcome to take them at your own pace. You should expect to spend 3 - 5 hours per module on the program. That breaks down like this: 1 - 2 hours on course material; 2 hours on live practice, exercises, and community participation; and 1 hour on deep-dive group coaching.
What makes Co Leadership different from trainings offered by other companies?
We pride ourselves as the most effective leadership training for engineers and other tech leaders because we offer the most targeted & relevant topics to tech leadership, we teach systems & frameworks that tech people understand, and we provide abundant context for you to integrate the tools into your workflows.
We have decades of combined hands-on experience working on and leading product and engineering teams in Silicon Valley at companies like Google, Pulse, Quora, Medium, and Quip — we've been in your shoes.
And for each course we design, we do months of market research to dive deeper and fully understand the needs of our audience. We distill that research and develop core tools and frameworks that are easily accessible. Oftentimes, participants tell us that other trainings usually only feel 10-15% relevant to their roles, while ours felt 100% jam-packed with relevant stories, tools, and practice.