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The One Sign Your Startup Will Make You Rich
August 24, 2015
The One Sign Your Startup Will Make You Rich

Who is going to be the next unicorn? Everyone always want to know. You hear news stories about them all the time — these mythical companies that seem to appear from…

5 Ways Great Leaders Avoid Abusing Their Power
August 17, 2015
5 Ways Great Leaders Avoid Abusing Their Power

Power can be a dangerous friend. It’s when we have control — control over others and what they do. Most of us want it, work hard to achieve it, and feel joy when we have…

3 Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs
August 14, 2015
3 Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

I have worked with some of Silicon Valley’s best entrepreneurs and unfortunately some dismal ones too. Because we are all part of the Software Revolution, the Valley…

How Exceptional Leaders Push Star Performers Out the Door
August 3, 2015
How Exceptional Leaders Push Star Performers Out the Door

I once managed a guy named Tim (name changed). His work was strong and I considered him a key player on our team. But I noticed shortly after his two-year review that he…

How Confident Product Managers Deal With Failure
July 29, 2015
How Confident Product Managers Deal With Failure

No product manager is perfect. Read how to pick yourself up after mistakes and make a confident comeback.

What Makes a Company Culture Great?
July 27, 2015
What Makes a Company Culture Great?

Culture. It is probably a term you hear often — and I believe that it is one worth discussing. Clearly, we want more than just a job — we want more control over how and…

This Product Manager Feared Customers
July 21, 2015
This Product Manager Feared Customers

Susan landed her dream job — she was a Sr. Product Manager at a fast-growing company. I knew here well. She got to work with brilliant people every day, building an…

4 Surprising Lessons for Emerging Leaders
July 20, 2015
4 Surprising Lessons for Emerging Leaders

Excellent leadership is like good health. Everyone wants to experience it. And if you are interested in reading about it you have 150,000 titles to choose from on Amazon…

Product Managers: Stop Hiding Behind Technical Debt
July 15, 2015
Product Managers: Stop Hiding Behind Technical Debt

Thanks to Daniel Elizalde for his recent guest post on how amazing product managers stop adding features and start eliminating technical debt. It was a good summary of…

The Worst Mistake You Make Interviewing Candidates
July 13, 2015
The Worst Mistake You Make Interviewing Candidates

Looking for a new job can really hurt. It takes a lot of energy and effort to put yourself out there and present yourself as a candidate. The process can be a…

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