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How Can Product Managers Become More Effective? Get Into The Flow!

If you’ve ever felt an unexpected sense of pleasure while performing a simple task like crunching numbers or cooking a homemade meal, you’ve probably experienced what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi refers…

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The Crime Of Meeting Overtime (3 Ways To Optimize Your Meetings)

We all have meetings, sometimes many in a day lined up back-to-back, and we ask ourselves “When am I going to get my actual work done?!”  What often makes this more frustrating is when the day you…

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Product Management Strategy or Tactic?

During the deliver of one of our Product Strategy workshops during a recent quarterfinal rounds of the World Cup, some of the participants got into a heated debate regarding a match between Netherlands-Costa…

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Why Good Product Managers Bring Bad Products To Market

A few years ago I was contacted by a product manager in crisis. His recently-released product was languishing, and he was racked with guilt. He told me that although he had put all of his efforts into…

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Improving Product Management Requires Senior Leader Involvement

A senior business leader (and a reader of The Product Manager’s Desk Reference) recently reached out to me. He said that it was time to engage Sequent Learning Networks to deliver a Product Management…

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What Product Managers Can Learn From “Think Like A Freak”

I have always been amazed by how deftly the TV series Mad Men dramatizes the tension between creativity and efficiency. A scene from a recent episode stuck with me for days. Let me set the stage for you:…

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