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

The Infamous Persona!

As I have navigated the world of product management and product marketing, it’s become very clear to me that if you do not understand your customer personas, you might as well pack up and go home.  Historically, product management was concerned with the user personas, and product marketing was concerned with the buyer personas.  However, … Continue reading The Infamous Persona!

The Rope Team of a Product Manager

While listening to a motivational speech by Erik Weihenmayer …..A key question he asked the audience resonated with me. “Who is your rope team?” Who is your team with whom you can walk into a storm, have complete trust, and together, have the courage to face adversity? With a rope team, everyone has a different … Continue reading The Rope Team of a Product Manager

Turn a Product Idea into a Movement. Lessons from the lone dancer.

As I watched this video last night at Northwestern's MSLOC program, I thought about the implications for leadership and for building innovative products here at Kronos. As you look at the first few second of the video, you may think...who is that crazy guy dancing. But look what happens next. He has a first follower. … Continue reading Turn a Product Idea into a Movement. Lessons from the lone dancer.