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"It is a myth that your greatest potential for growth is your areas of weakness. Focusing on them will demotivate you while focusing on your strengths will help you feel more positive and so give you energy." - Marcus Buckingham

Despite this, most of us (myself included) choose to focus on our weaknesses instead of strengths. 

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The truth is that product managers are expected to create impact from day one.

Is it easy? No.

Is it possible? Yes. If you have the confidence to do it.

Current Sprint

It's been a while, I've been thinking about Product Sense. And the main questions that I want to answer (once and for all) are:

  1. What is it?
  2. Why is it important?
  3. How to get better at it?

Over the last few weeks I've been reading, learning, talking to other product managers about it. 

The more I learn about it, the clearer it is that product sense is a vital skill for a product manager to succeed.

And I am incredibly excited to share everything I've learned on the topic with you.

In next week's newsletter, I will share a long-form article I am co-writing with a fantastic product manager and writer.

Inspiration Backlog

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of tweets on what product managers dislike about engineers and vice versa. But there are not too many that capture what engineers like about us product managers. So I wrote one.

You might remember from my last newsletter, I've decided to dive deep on the most commonly faced challenges by product managers. And the first step in that journey is to validate if I've rightly identified the challenges. (You might call this user research, because it is) 

So I asked Twitter for their opinion.

PS: If you face challenges as a PM that are not in the list, please add it by commenting on the Tweet.

Okay. This is one is just a meme. And it is one of the pains that I have felt multiple times in my career. 

Finally, there was a picture that did justice to my feelings.

How I can help you become better:

Communication Toolkit

  • are your documents not easily understood
  • do you spend tens of hours writing documents
  • do you struggle to create concise messages for execs
  • do you want to ensure that you create outstanding presentations

Then this toolkit is for you. It contains 20 Ready-to-use Communication Templates to help you 10x your communication as a product manager with close to zero effort.

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Backlog grooming: If you have exciting ideas or pressing questions that you'd like me to dive deep in or talk more about, feel free to add them here.

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