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Great PM – Noah Weiss

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Noah Weiss today tweetstormed what he thinks are characteristics of a great product manager. I really liked some of his insights, in that they were truthful without grandstanding. And useful. Here are some snippets – Great PMs apply product taste. They have a well honed sense of what a well crafted product experience feels like. They smartly balance quality with the demands of time and...

Changing culture

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Ben Horowitz on how leader of the Haitian slave revolution Toussaint Louverture changed culture. 1. Keep what works: For any culture revolution, figure out what is already working and don’t throw it away. 2. Create shocking rules: Rules that are either challenging to follow or out of the box can keep people accountable. 3. Incorporate people from other cultures: Bring people in who resemble...

Smarter Faster Better

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“…….there were Google-designed checklists [apparently, there are dozens of tactics] they could use: Leaders should not interrupt teammates during conversations, because that will establish an interrupting norm. They should demonstrate they are listening by summarizing what people say after they said it. They should admit what they don’t know. They shouldn’t end a meeting until all...

Ghosts of Christmas Process

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Reading Tim Ferriss’s – Tools of Titans A good book. Unique. In the sense that you can take quick ten minute dips in the bite sized self help notes, and find interesting tools highly effective people use. I found the Ghosts of Christmas (Dicken’s) process (from unleashing power within) intriguing. Christmas Carol is my all time favorite book, I read it as a graphic novel and the...

How to learn and study

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My micro-econ prof at business school once said, “I love models….Brazilian, Russian…in that order”. I love models too. Often times frameworks and models help cut across ill defined problems and clarify things and focus team energies in a matter of minutes. Super helpful. That said with close to three and a half million product and strategy models out there recalling the...

Product Management Classics

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Product managers are often called the CEOs of a product. One of my early managers once said I was the soul of the product. I’m sure we’ve been called other names too. Since daily activities of the soul and the CEO are not too well defined, our tribe ends up as constant seekers in valleys and crests between white boards and product announcements. Good advice always comes handy in our...

On creation and collaboration

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On creation and collaboration from John Steinbeck’s Nobel speech – Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in art, in music, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can...

Owning your career – basics

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Amidst the one and half billion career advice articles published on linkedin every hour, I’ve found careerealism’s posts more relevant and to the point. Here’s one that talks about….you know, the things you already know. Make a list of everything you’re awesome at. Stop waiting for your boss to give you a promotion, stop waiting for recruiters to reach out to you with new...

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