We’re challenging the default assumption that employers and managers are responsible for driving professional growth. This assumption is inherently flawed as the incentives between management and you as an individual are not aligned.
Management is graded on delivering business objectives. Thus, management’s first priority will always be business objectives, and fostering your developing will always take a back-seat. That’s why your employer’s performance management process, and the software they use for that process, is designed for periodic evaluations, not for an ongoing conversation around growth.
You have to take control over your own professional growth. You have to decide where you want to take your career, what you need to learn to get there, and then you need to make it happen. You can and should get help from managers, mentors, colleagues, advisors, and friends. But ultimately it’s you who will determine your career success.
We’re here to make this easier. Nodabl is your personal career tracker. Just like your fitness tracker can’t exercise for you, we can’t do the work for you. But we can give you the structure and tools to help you set goals, track your progress, collect feedback, measure your growth, and be better every day.
Vikas started his career in management consulting at McKinsey & Company. When he left and joined the operating world, he was shocked at the difference in the way he experienced development and growth at McKinsey versus industry. This difference became even more apparent when he started managing a team for the first time. He was challenged with both developing himself as a leader and fostering growth in his team. Since then he's been thinking about how to improve the growth experience and enabling every person to be their professional best.
Prior to founding Nodabl, Vikas held leadership positions across marketing, product, and strategy at various early-stage tech companies. He has a BA and an MBA from UCLA. In his abundant spare time, he’s designing an airline themed strategy board game that he hopes to publish one day.
Tiffany began exploring the digital world by teaching herself how to design and build websites with Notepad. Her desire to soak up as much experience as possible led her to move from Sydney to London, New York, and Los Angeles to work for design agencies, large corporations, and start-ups. Throughout her career she has been thrown into various types of organizations, from flat and hierarchical, as well as adjusting to different performance review processes. She found true growth in her craft and confidence as a designer from being around people who really cared to give constructive feedback. She then wanted to help others find what they needed to hear – so they could continue to grow and reach their own goals.
Not only does Tiffany like understanding people and their motivations, she is also convinced that everything in life is relatable to Brazilian jiu jitsu and trains five times a week.
Adam fell in love with computers the day his dad brought home a Commodore 64 computer. After graduating from UCSB, he began his career working as a backend engineer at Computer Associates and eventually discovered web programming. After helping arrange 1s and 0s at progressively younger companies, it became clear that helping small teams accomplish big things was his sweet spot. Adam loves the personal growth theme and has done everything from Toastmasters to Tony Robbins. When he joined Nodabl, he felt the perfect intersection of his passion for self improvement, helping others, and technology.
Adam is known around the office for typing on a loud Dvorak layout keyboard. Outside of the office, he loves trying the new restaurants that are constantly popping up in his hometown of Santa Barbara.
Based in Los Angeles, Maris is a coach, facilitator and trainer with impressive experience as an executive in large, national, high-growth organizations. Her direct experience includes growing organizations, growing people, building and managing boards, growing high-value relationships, navigating complex relationships and succeeding in resource-restricted environments. She has managed multi-million dollar budgets and staff across the country. Her training and facilitation experience includes work with for profit, nonprofit and government clients in the areas of presentation, negotiating, networking skills, building mentoring programs, change management, leadership, people, and team development, effective delegation and more. Her program design experience includes creating customized workshops and retreats to better support teams and leaders in achieving their desired outcomes (both as a team and as it relates to their bottom line).
Maris holds a B.A. from Barnard College where she consistently received Leadership awards. She is certified in the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument and has completed the rigorous certification in coaching from the Hudson Institute of Coaching.