One of the things we’ve learned in 2020 is just how important it is to have great facilitation skills as product people. That’s why we’re revisiting our chat with Elena Astilleros from earlier in the year – she’s the author of Invisible Leader: Facilitation secrets for catalyzing change, cultivating, innovation, and commanding results, a topic definitely worth returning to on a regular basis.
In this episode, sponsored by Mind The Product Membership, listen to learn about:
- Becoming a great facilitator
- Getting the most out of meetings
- Creating healthy environments
- Leading teams well
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So the question then becomes – would the customer, if they were looking in on that session and seeing what you were up to – would they feel that their money was invested well?
Links mentioned in this episode
- Follow Elena on Twitter, LinkedIn, and her website
- Elena’s book, Invisible Leader: Facilitation secrets for catalyzing change, cultivating, innovation, and commanding results
- Priya Parker’s website
- Wall Street Journal article, We’ve Got To Stop Meeting Like This
- Innovation Games: Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play: Creating Breakthrough Products and Services by Luke Hohmann
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The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.
Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. She’s currently Head of Innovation at Go Compare and has spent 13 years in the tech industry working with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She’s worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery. Lily also founded ProductTank Bristol (which now has 800+ members!) and runs ProductCamp in Bristol and Bath.
Randy is a product consultant and coach who has been working as an interactive producer and product manager across the US and UK for nearly 20 years. A recovering music journalist and editor, he launched Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, and has worked across sectors including museums and arts groups, online education, media and entertainment, retail and financial services. He’s held Head of Product roles at HSBC and Sainsbury’s, where he also directed their 100+-person product community. Randy’s book, What Do We Do Now? A Product Manager’s Guide to Strategy in the Time of COVID-19 is out now, with all profits going to COVID-19 relief efforts.