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Common Cross-Functional Leadership Challenges
These are common challenges people face when gaining expertise in cross-functional leadership. Tackling these challenges head-on can help you learn this skill quicker.I'm a product manager at a tech company. I'm responsible for leading a cross-functional team of engineers, designers, and marketers. I'm having a hard time aligning the team's goals and priorities. Each function has its own objectives and sometimes it feels like we are working in silos, which leads to miscommunication and inefficiency. What should I do to foster better collaboration and make sure that everyone is working towards the same vision and goals?I'm a software engineering leader at a fast-paced startup. We have recently adopted an agile development methodology and are trying to implement cross-functional teams. However, there is resistance from some team members who are used to working in specialized roles and are hesitant to make the change. This is causing friction and slowing down our progress. How can I encourage and empower team members to embrace cross-functional collaboration and take ownership of tasks beyond their traditional roles?Add your own to track your progress and inspire others
Curated Learning Resources
- What I learned about cross-functional collaboration from being a PM at LyftHadar covers his tips for how to manage stakeholders across communication, documentation, and feedback. He also provides tips for how to resolve conflict in a large group of stakeholders.