TPM Stories: Emily Nava from MainStreet

Tell us about yourself! How has your career transformed over the years?

How would you characterize your TPM or leadership style?

What is your favorite part of being a TPM?

What is the most memorable program that you have driven as a TPM?

How do you manage ambiguity in your work?

What were the biggest challenges you faced throughout your career?

What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a TPM?

  1. Earn experience: The most talented TPMs I’ve ever worked with are the ones who have strong experience under their belt before they transition to TPM work. Be strategic in how you earn experience (especially technical!) that will set you on the path to building out the kind of “rounded out” background that you’ll need to be successful.
  2. Flourish with feedback: Be open to feedback any time, anywhere. Make it a habit to actively seek out feedback and to make it easy for people to provide you with it. Your openness to receiving it is just as important as what you do with the input that you get. And you’ll learn to be discerning about what to act on and what to dismiss.
  3. Become a systems thinker: Thinking in systems is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re keeping the business / program goals as your north star, and that you’re maintaining the 500-foot view of how to align so many moving parts.
  4. Influence with authority: As TPMs we put a lot of emphasis on the importance of influencing without authority — and for good reason, as this is certainly a huge part of the role! But TPMs also need to embrace the formal authority that they do have and to become comfortable wielding it.

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