Building products and being a parent are both tough jobs that require immense amounts of influencing skill. Each week I share what I learn about the people side of product management to help leaders at work and at home go from unsure to unstoppable through influence.
What I’ve been learning
5 years from now you’ll be the same person except for the books you read and the people you meet.
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
Sharing the books I read each year is one of my most engaging posts on social media. It’s rewarding now to hear from many people tell me they read more because they have seen my posts over the years. I didn’t hit my goal this year, but here are the 10 books I read:
A few things I’ve learned about reading:
The best way to get my kids to read is to read in front of them.
The practice of regular reading feeds your mind. It’s worth the mental state alone, content and ideas aside.
Taking notes about models to use and stories worth sharing changes you from casual reading into a superhero (and it doesn’t take much effort).
Reading 10+ books a year only takes a tiny habit of reading 10 minutes a day. Read my past post about how to actually read more books. My main secret is keeping books close by and having clear triggers to open a book.
You can see all the books I’ve read and rated on Goodreads. I’m always up to hear about another book I should read or get questions about books I’ve already read.
What I published
Lesson exampled by my son in his football game. Just keep going.
People mess up.
Tom Hooper was the director of Cats. He also won an Oscar for The Kings Speech in 2011. (via) 1/3
The 80/20 rule is a game-changer once you understand it. 80% of results come from 20% of the effort. The key for product managers is to invest the time and create an environment to prioritize that 20%.1/3
The first experiment is to experiment.
In 2017 glassdoor best jobs in America, Product Management ranked dead last for job satisfaction. The reason isn’t because of the hard skills. It’s about the people stuff.1/4
Leaders create the future.
My answer in a coaching session to the question: “How do I show up as a leader on my product team?”
I graduated with a CS degree and most of these terms I learned on the job.
Too many people overindex on the importance of a technical degree.
I’ll take a PM who’s a voracious learner over a technical background every time.
It’s incredible to me how easy it is to try to do it all at the beginning.
Andy Johns @ibringtraffic
My latest post is about how startups and product leaders within them should aspire to be more like In-N-Out. The goal is to do less, do it well, and be consistent. And no matter what, don’t be like Cheesecake Factory! https://t.co/vQdX2aU2SG
Humility is the most underrated trait of great product managers.
What have you been learning about?
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