Not All Teams are Productive Teams

If we put smart people together as a team, they will perform.  They will innovate.  They will create breakthrough ideas.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  As our experience and academic research tell us, teams consistently underperform, despite the many resources they are given.  Human nature challenges such as power struggles, competition, coordination, and differing … Continue reading Not All Teams are Productive Teams

Build Team Collaboration-Make it Safe

Have you ever worked on a team where things just did not feel quite right?  Each time you spoke up, someone glared at you or dismissed what you said.  There is a concept called psychological safety which impacts team innovation.  I have blogged about it fairly frequently.  Today, I want to talk about practical ways … Continue reading Build Team Collaboration-Make it Safe

That Was Not A Good Conversation!

Do you ever have an encounter with a co-worker or leader where you walk away just feeling horrible?  You are not sure why but you just don’t feel good after the conversation.  Why does this happen?  What makes you feel this way after a discussion with a co-worker?  There is a relatively simple model that, … Continue reading That Was Not A Good Conversation!

Change is Easy; The Transition is Difficult

Over the last week, I have two colleagues that decided to make a major leap in their career to soar.  When I spoke to both of them, they expressed similar feelings.  Excitement, exhilaration, sadness for what they are leaving behind, and energy for the unknown in front of them.  As a coach, I have worked … Continue reading Change is Easy; The Transition is Difficult

Teams can be Nasty!

A client of mine works as a product manager. She has two primary product leadership teams.  Let’s say team A and team B.  Each team is composed of a product manager, architect, and senior developer and herself.  The goal of each team is to determine high-level design, user flow, and architecture.  A concept called psychological … Continue reading Teams can be Nasty!

To Innovate…Check Your Ego, Question Your Assumptions

You sit in a three-day product strategy session.  The walls are covered in sticky notes.  You’ve listened to hours of presentations.  There are hundreds of ideas.  There is excitement in the room.  The group is onto something big.  We are going to build the next big innovation that will make our company stand out from … Continue reading To Innovate…Check Your Ego, Question Your Assumptions

Do You Have What it Takes To Be a Great Product Manager?

What makes a good product manager? Is it one who knows the many product management processes?  Is it one who has specific industry expertise?  As I coach product management teams, I see many teams with different skills.  Are there core skills or traits that make someone a great product manager? As a coach, how can … Continue reading Do You Have What it Takes To Be a Great Product Manager?