It’s funny. You hear it all the time. A new leader comes into the product team. He (or she, don’t get too judgmental on me here) has great ideas and the experience to execute for success. He has the right people. And, the change expected, the desired turn, fails. The sales number are not meeting expectations. The product group is not launching products at a quantity or speed that the company expects. It’s all not working. Continue reading “Product change happens with leadership not product”
Since product managers rarely have the needed direct authority to accomplish their goals, they must learn to influence without authority.
But given all of our responsibilities – writing use cases, prioritizing back logs, writing personas, talking with buyers, doing sales demos, etc. – wherever do we find the time to work on our own professional development? Some personal skills are critical to success. Influencing without authority is one. Another is tapping into your personal network – friends, family, former colleagues and random folks you met once at a trade show, conference or ProductCamp. Continue reading “The Strength of Weak Ties”
I have not written much lately on this blog. But, I have been busy. As some long time readers will recall, last time I took a significant hiatus from writing on the blog, I was still, in fact, writing… but it was my Flat Stanley ebook. I am at it again. I have been talking about the need for product marketing road maps for over 4 years here and here.
If you were hired to be in product marketing, and all you do is write PowerPoint presentations, data sheets and webinars, you’re in marketing communications (marcomm) role. And, if you’re in marcomm, you will fail.
I knew it was happening while I was in the middle, but I couldn’t stop it. I’m bad.