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I'll be happy when Sep 01, 2021

You’ve been lied to. You’ve been told happiness happens “when” you do or have something out there.  I”ll be happy WHEN something happens.

You set goals to go after something out there. Things like I’ll be happy when I…

  • Become a Chief Product...
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Level Up to Leadership Sep 01, 2021

You are ready to level-up to people leader.  You have been a senior product manager for a few years and you are ready to move into leadership. What are the first steps you can take?

First, you need to build a fan club of people who love working with you. In fact, these colleagues, cross...

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Leadership is about Inspiration Sep 01, 2021

Tech is easy. People are hard.  I talk to product managers every day and I can break them out into three main categories.

  1. Those who hate their work
  2. Those who tolerate their work
  3. Those who love their work.

Which do you fall into?

Let’s talk about the third group, the ones who are...

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Leadership: Recognize Others Sep 01, 2021

Almost every product management leader and individual contributor struggle with feeling valued and recognized at work. They cannot remember the last time one of their leaders recognized the work they were doing. Their one on one’s consist of going through project status versus recognizing...

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Getting that Product Promotion Sep 01, 2021

Every week, I talk to product managers who went to top-tier schools and had great jobs at top tier companies yet are struggling to become a successful product leader. They are doing everything by the book but cannot seem to get that promotion.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Based on the...

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Product Leadership: Build Connection Sep 01, 2021

Toxic leadership.  Toxic colleagues.  It is the elephant in the room of product management.  I speak to product managers every day who are struggling with not being seen, feeling undervalued, and having no voice.

It does not need to be that way

I challenge you to...

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Fearless Product Leadership Sep 01, 2021

To my fellow product managers…

You are enough. You deserve to do what you love.

I talk to product managers every day who are struggling in toxic work environments where they are made to feel small every day. Their ideas are not validated. They feel invisible.  

Here are some...

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Which comes first, trust or feedback? Sep 01, 2021

Think about an inspiring product leader from your past – a leader who inspired you to do your best work. My guess is they could give you constructive feedback, and you would take that feedback as a gift and make necessary changes. You may not have enjoyed receiving the feedback, but you...

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A Human-Centered Product Leader Sep 01, 2021

Labor Day was just a few days ago, which is a good opportunity to check in on yourself and your colleagues. Many product managers are exhausted and overwhelmed after six months of working in new and unique conditions amid the pandemic. The future feels very uncertain.

Yet there are...

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Technology is Easy, People are Hard Sep 01, 2021

How much of your day do you spend on interpersonal challenges?

…Managing an angry salesperson who is frustrated that a key customer feature is not on the roadmap.   

…Managing a CPO who does not understand why the schedule can’t be cut in half. 

…Or,...

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