GM Chronicles Part 2: Does a product background give you an edge?

So you are a product person turned GM. What advantages do you bring to the table? What’s your edge in this role? Some of my thoughts below

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Structured and systems-level thinking

Great product folks have a structured thinking approach to solving problems. Thinking in systems is a critical skill. This mode of thinking is immensely valuable and has broad applications in other areas like sales and marketing. As described in the last post, sales and marketing have a very quick rhythm, everything resets at the quota end period. This dynamic has a natural pull towards tactics that yield quick outcomes. You can easily slide into just executing on tactics without a reliable and predictable system of making Read More »