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Product Management is an Executive Function

Chief executive officer, president, chief operating officer, and general manager are the job titles that you most often associate with the term “executive” in a company. They’re the guys accountable for profit and loss in their companies. They...

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How to Lead without Authority

CEO’s, presidents, general managers, have a distinct advantage over product managers. The organizations that they lead report to them. As a product manager, you have no such luxury.  Your product team is made up of your functional peers. None of them report to...

Meet the Capital Equipment Product Manager

While it takes a team to design, build, test, and market capital equipment, there is one person that is crucial to producing a winning product. It’s the product manager. Product managers are the individuals responsible for the commercial success of a given product or...

What is Product Management?

Of the items listed below, which do you think is the best indicator of a successful capital equipment company? The best sales teamThe best manufacturing capabilityThe best customer serviceThe best product Without a doubt, it’s the last one. Great sales, manufacturing,...

Leader or Victim?

Want to know a not-so-obvious attribute that will determine if you’re going to be a great product manager or merely a good one?  It’s not your product expertise, your gift for anticipating market inflections, your talent for telling a great story in PowerPoint(R), or...

How to Solve Product Managers’ Biggest Problem

I had just completed a one-hour seminar titled “Why You Need a Value-Based Strategy.” My talk covered a broad range of value-strategy concepts. Now it was time for my favorite part, the questions and answers session. Hands shot up. I pointed to a gentleman in the...

Too Busy Chopping Wood to Sharpen the Saw? Try this.

You don’t have time for any major capability improvement initiatives.   You’re overloaded. You can’t pull your best people off the front lines.  At the same time, you can’t afford to stagnate. Your competitors get better every day. Investors demand higher and higher...

Executive Presentations: 4 Ways to Fail

You been working on a major new growth initiative for your company. The prospects for success are good. But it’s time to make some big decisions regarding next steps. Up until now, your boss has been providing the C-suite with progress reports. But today, he’s asked...

5 Things Product Managers Do that Drive Engineers Crazy

Product Managers, when you and your counterparts in engineering pull on the oars and row in the same direction, you’re on course to build the right product and build it right. Your relationship with engineering can form the perfect marriage between “What must be done”...

Have You Defined Expected Behaviors?

Organizations need to know how they are expected to behave. When a leader fails to clarify expected behaviors, productivity is going to take a hit. Lack of, or unclear behavior expectations produce an organization where: Members are unable to make decisions on...