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How to get Things Done: Raise Your Organizational Awareness

BY Kate Leto on September 18, 2018

Organizational Awareness: The Leader’s Sixth Sense In our product management community, we rightly place a great deal of attention on the people who are going to use our products. We are constantly answering that seemingly basic (yet challenging) question: What problem are we trying to solve for customers?  We test our ideas again and again. […]

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First, Do No Harm by Mariah Hay

BY Emily Tate on September 7, 2018

Product managers are problem finders and problem solvers. But what happens when we become problem creators? In her talk from #mtpcon San Francisco, Mariah Hay, VP of Product at Pluralsight, challenges us to think about our ethical responsibility as product managers. […]

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From World Cup to World Series: Lessons in Creating Winning Cultures

BY Kate Leto on July 10, 2018

Do you remember the last time you made a mistake in a big meeting, or received “constructive” feedback in front of others? I bet it felt like all eyes were on you, and your secret wish was that the ground would open up just long enough for you to make a clean escape. Well, imagine […]

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What is Self-Awareness and why Should you Care?

BY Kate Leto on May 16, 2018

The biggest opportunity for improvement – in business, at home, and in life – is awareness. Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motor Company In 2006, Alan Mulally took over as president and CEO of a struggling Ford Motor Company. Ford’s glory days as one of America’s top automotive companies were a distant past, and the […]

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Manage Conflict by Building Your Product EQ

BY Kate Leto on March 16, 2018

I introduced a concept called Product EQ when speaking about managing conflict at work at a recent ProductTank London. It’s a term that focuses on the emotional intelligence / emotional quotient competencies that were introduced by Daniel Goleman and remain essential to our craft such as influencing, teamwork & collaboration, leadership, organizational awareness, and empathy. All […]

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Want Better Product Managers? Throw Them In at the Deep End

BY Timo Hilhorst on March 13, 2018

I recently read a write-up of what looked like a very interesting roundtable discussion with product leaders in London. The last of the four topics particularly caught my eye: “how do you increase the commercial acumen of product managers?”. The article suggested that “product people (especially those in Europe) are weak commercially”, which “can lead to […]

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