When working in a startup environment there is the hidden sense that what you are launching is probably the next big thing.
Many might not believe you, but deep inside nothing can refute your thoughts and vision that your product is a best in class and probably you will be having night dreams about IPOs, lots of users, a big team and a rich office culture.
In the last couple of weeks met different entrepreneurs and realize that some lack the skill of listening. I don’t mean listening to their friends or colleagues, but listening what the marketing is telling them.
Due to the ambition and dream of becoming big, they focus too much on growth hacking, becoming viral, and adding all the funky components that will make their product/service known in a short period of time. Continue reading
The great thing of working for a growing company, a startup is that you have to build something from zero. You have to gain trust in order to become an expert or reputable organization in the field.
Now, I thought that expertise comes from your numbers, facts, thoughts and performance. But I was mistaken. Expertise comes from that, and also from a great sense of perception that you know about everything it needs to be known about certain topics.
And when working on a growing company, that still has a brand to build, your personal brand matters a lot. Because your personal expertise, connections and respect will drive the confidence that you are building something great.
The hardest part is that not everyone trusts your personal expertise. They might trust someone else closer to them, that might know way less than you about the topic, but has the trust gained over you due to stronger relationship and years of “experience”. Continue reading
1. It’s not the right time
One of the most used excuses to delay decisions, actions and even conversations. You choose when is the right time, but most of time this line serves to delay things that we don’t want to handle on the moment.
If it’s not the right time, then at least say when the right time will be and commit to it. Be careful because you might choose the wrong timing as well.
It has been about 7 months since I’ve enrolled into a new journey, fully focused in creating a people centric career platform that brings significant value to talents, employers and additional supplier, all in one place.
Since most of our my work in based on product strategy, development and execution I’ve come across couple of times on what is the difference between an average product manager, a good product manager, and a great product manager (mostly focused on product managers highly related to online platforms and businesses).
Well, finally concluded on the 7 insights that shows it all:
- The average drives the developers; the good coaches them. The great learns from them.
- The average triggers distress; the good triggers enthusiasm. The great is triggered — by what is bringing to the world.
- The average says “I did it”; the good says “Some did it”. The great says “We did it” — team, users, and customers.
- The average assigns tasks, the good sets the pace. The great sees the outcome before time.
- The average says, “Do it on time;” the good does it ahead of time. The great makes sure “doing it” matters.
- The average fixes the blame for the failure; the good fixes the failure. The great prevents the failure.
- The average knows how; the good shows how. The great shows why.
These are some my thoughts of what makes a great product manager/strategist. It’s highly inspired by other articles, concepts, but overall I believe it fits well. All in all, strive to become a great product manager as well an excellent leader.