A few articles caught my attention over the course of the week, so I set them aside to read when I had the chance. The chance came this morning, and at the top of one of the articles on the Forbes site was this hashtag statement. An innocuous reference most people probably didn’t even pay attention to. But these are the types of insights I would either reiterate or share with my twenty something self. Enjoy.
Sometimes life comes at you hard. It’s been over 3 years since I posted an article about the storms in life. The focus was on a principle I learned a long time ago … you are either in the middle of a storm, just coming out of a storm, or about to go into one. It’s not meant to be a doom and gloom view of the world, just reflective of reality. Think about it … life is full of problems, challenges, and issues. The point I made was depending on the approach you take in dealing them, the outcomes can be very different.
Taking stock towards the end/beginning of a year is always a good idea. I had every intention of doing this prior to taking some vacation, but unfortunately the dreaded holiday bug caught up with me this year and laid me out for the better part of a week.
So, a bit later than expected, but as we enter 2018 here are some thoughts related to the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, a few thought provoking questions to be considered, and a re-share of some New Year’s Resolutions for Product Management Leaders. Enjoy!
competition, customers, execution, Goals, integrity, intentional, numbers, opportunities, priorities, proactive, problems, reporting, responsibility, strategic, tactical, trends, value proposition, vision, why
Several weeks ago during one of our planning sessions, my boss referred to the Good Product Manager, Bad Product Manager post by Ben Horowitz. While it has taken me awhile to get around to reading it, I am sure glad I did. Love, love, love the context of the article … and disagree with the opening statement about possibly not being relevant today and/or outdated.
The underlying premise and ideas behind what is shared are, in my opinion, timeless. If you are interested in being a successful leader in product management, this is where you need to start!
A colleague of mine commented on the article The Neuroscience of Trust from HBR the other day. I was intrigued because in my last post I made the point about building rapport and trust with the Sales team. Building trust seems somewhat subjective at face value … you either trust somebody or you don’t. Sometimes it is based on actions, sometimes it is based on feeling.
And yet the article implies something different. To have a scientific study offering empirical data on the subject compelled me to have a look …
In its 2016 global CEO survey, PwC reported that 55% of CEOs think that a lack of trust is a threat to their organization’s growth. But most have done little to increase trust, mainly because they aren’t sure where to start. In this article I provide a science-based framework that will help them.
Yep … the much awaited (or possibly much dreaded) performance review cycle & goal setting for the upcoming year. I’ve focused several conversations in the past of reviewing performance, goals, competencies, and the like. I’ve included those posts at the end if you are so inclined to have a look.
But this morning I wanted to focus attention on an article I came across recently that speaks to all of the above, and it completely resonated with me. The article is from Peter Drucker called What Makes an Effective Executive. Sound advice for Product Management leaders as we prepare for 2017!
To continue from yesterday’ post on bringing the article Top 10 Business Trends That will Drive Success in 2016 down to a more practical/personal level, here are points 6-10. But before diving in, a bit of Dilbert on success …
Well, maybe. But that isn’t the end I was thinking about. As the month of September draws in and the end of the year looms over the horizon, the end is in sight but the outcome may not yet be decided.
If we were to think about it from the context of a sporting event, we are entering the 4th quarter (football), the 7th inning stretch (baseball), the last 15 minutes of the game (soccer). Perhaps you have another example that fits. Regardless, either the game plan has gone well, and it is time to fortify the troops … or adjustments are necessary in order to make one final push towards changing the outcome.
And with that comes a question … how are you doing?
Happy New Year everyone! After taking some time to recharge a bit, and I hope you did the same, just wanted to share a few perspectives as we enter into the new year. The first is a re-post of a New Year’s Resolution list I’ve shared before (but always helpful), the second is related to a Forbes article on how to recharge at work. Enjoy!