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.
He who has a why can endure any how. Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living (versus merely surviving!).
This quote from German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche seemed appropriate given the topic of purpose has been on my mind quite a bit lately. To some degree all of us yearn for a sense of belonging, to know our strengths are being brought to bear, to know we are adding value or making a difference.
Several factors recently have me revisiting this, and yesterday’s passing of Billy Graham is one of them offering a fantastic example of someone who was singular in his belief, in his passion, in his vocation. Put aside any religious biases for a moment … what leadership lessons can we take from his legacy?
The post title comes from a connection on LinkedIn … an author who enjoys teaching others about the differences between management and leadership … one of many inputs I value on my own leadership journey. So what does the question posed in the image have to do with leadership?
Over the years, I’ve had many posts centering on the topic of purpose. Taking some of those thoughts to heart, I would argue the question has everything to do with the role we serve as Product Management leaders.
Every once in a while, we are reminded people matter and relationships should be prioritized over tasks. That we even need to be reminded of this is an unfortunate truth, but a truth nonetheless. I received just such a reminder when I stumbled across this article/interview about Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert a few days ago.
And in the midst of a very busy season, it was just the rude awakening I needed. In particular, this quote captures the essence of what good leaders should be striving for …
Building a team that brings you solutions instead of challenges, listening to and collaborating with them—that ultimately prioritizes your focus on issues where you can have the most impact, not just scratch items off the to do list … to me, productivity is directly related to the personal relationships you are able to build.
I was recently reminded of this quote, and I’ve seen variations from several well known leadership gurus … Tom Peters, Ralph Nader, John Maxwell and others … true leaders produce more leaders, not more followers. And with a long holiday weekend recently, I had some time for introspection on the topic.
There are certainly times in our roles as Product Manager Leaders where you may question the true impact of what you are doing. Or at least I have. Partially with the products I’ve led and their impact … but more so from the perspective of impact with people. This is just something that isn’t easy to gauge unfortunately, and it can often leave you wondering. Continue reading
“Is purpose more important than profit?” This question was posed by Alan Murray, editor of Fortune Magazine, and referenced in this post by Mark Weinberger, CEO of EY. It’s an intriguing thought because even from a young age with school and grades, we are taught results matter. This certainly rings true in our roles as product management leaders as well.
Sometimes what you get is not what you expected. Several examples come to mind … perhaps tasting a new food/drink … meeting somebody in person you’ve only spoken with via the phone … reading a book/watching a movie. In all of these examples, I’ve had situations in my life where my expectations didn’t line up with the actual experience. Positively or negatively.
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 …
Do you recall the somewhat magical feeling when it first came out in 1977? I was to young to know it then, but it was way ahead of its time. Watching it recently with my son (and with the benefit of comparing it to CGI based counterparts), I better appreciate just how special and ahead of its time it was!
Of course with the pending release this week, I am talking about Star Wars. And yes, the geek inside of me is anxiously awaiting! So what better topic to lend some leadership insights this week.
#gladtobehere – the attitude of gratefulness and thankfulness of our opportunities, for the people around us, and for life. – John Foley, Blue Angels
I had the privilege this week to hear John Foley, former lead solo pilot for the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, as one of the keynote speakers at a technology conference I was attending. While I had known about the Blue Angels, I hadn’t ever heard of John Foley. And I certainly hadn’t considered how what they do as pilots could relate to me as a product management leader. Needless to say, I walked away from that session with some tidbits of knowledge that challenged me, but also encouraged me as a leader.
There is no way for me to capture everything he discussed, but here are some of the main points, as well as a few resources where you can dig deeper if you’d like.