Brainrants on Product Leadership

An extended interview with Leading The Product transcribed into three linked posts on product leadership and challenges.

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What Do Product Leaders Do?

Product leaders look after teams of products managers, and sometimes designers or developers. What do they do, and how is it different from the individual product managers on their team?

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Sept 23, Cleveland workshop: “Moving Up Into Product Leadership”

This half-day workshop digs into Product Leader roles with job definitions, skills-building, exercises, and a safe place to ask candid career questions. Is Director of Product Management the next job for you?

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Sept 24/25, Cleveland: INDUSTRY Conference

This year’s INDUSTRY speakers include Jason Fried, Jessica Tiwari, Bob Moesta. Rich’s talk is “Moving Up Into Product Leadership,” excerpted from his half-day workshops at the conference.

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October 16 & 21, Melbourne/Sydney workshops: What Do Product Leaders Do, and How Can I Become One?

An all-day workshop for product managers thinking about moving up the product org chart, and for newly promoted product leaders. We will cover what product leaders do, how to signal interest in that role, and discuss its upsides/challenges.

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Podcast: How to Be Effective Without a Product Leader

Many product managers operate in an environment where there is an absence of a product leader or chief product officer. Others work remotely and operate without a solid management anchor. This podcast discusses the challenges and opportunities for product managers without a product leader.

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7 Ways to Know That You Need a Head of Product

The “No Head of Product Syndrome” is where product managers are scattered throughout a complex organization, but lack an executive-level product leader who can to create conditions for success: drive good hiring/mentoring, create bits of semi-standard processes, and set achievable role/job expectations.

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Post: 10 Questions from The Clever PM

10 questions from The Clever PM for his blog series including ‘What piece of advice would you share?’ and ‘What are the biggest challenges for Product Leaders? and ‘Biggest differences between smaller startups and larger companies?’

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Podcast: Organizational Anthropology

Individual product managers are focused on their individual products/services, but product leaders need to think about their organizational context: how do we get things done? What motivates each functional group and how do we align incentives? Can we get out ahead of inevitable resource conflicts?

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Hack The Process Podcast

I joined M. David Green’s Hack The Process podcast where we talked about products, organizations, humility, content marketing, and narrowly focusing a consulting practice. A packed 45 minutes.

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