The Product Management Grid

I no longer assume I know what someone actually does when they say they are a Product Manager. This year, I had a chance to have over 40 or so 1:1s with folks from outside of work in different stages of their product management journey. No two roles were the same. I distilled our conversations… Continue reading The Product Management Grid

Do You Need to be a Product Manager to Apply Product Thinking?

Lately, I have been getting a few queries from recent graduates on how to seek a job for a product manager (PM) role. My two cents: don’t. Trying to be a PM straight out of school is like attempting a competitive sport because you have read the rules and watched it unfold from the stadium… Continue reading Do You Need to be a Product Manager to Apply Product Thinking?

One with the Divine – The Power of Being in the Present

Can an eye ever see itself? Can a leg ever kick itself? Ever seen a hand that grabs itself, or perhaps, a tooth that takes a bite at itself? If you are “it” then you cannot exist out of what you are. So tell me how can you be defined by the thoughts alone that… Continue reading One with the Divine – The Power of Being in the Present

The Art of Engineering

An artist creates her work as an aggregate of her creativity applied across many layers of perception for an immersive experience for the audience, no matter if you are reading a poem, enjoying a book, or staring at a painting. In that sense, engineers may not be too different. What does an engineer do? To deliver… Continue reading The Art of Engineering

The Secret Weapon of a Successful Consultant is not to Behave Like One

The popular character forged by movies and TV series for a successful consultant often involves a pompous extrovert, mostly male, sweeping the clients off their feet with his pretentious know-it-all jargon. In reality, successful women and men leaders in consulting from whom I have learned the most have been introverts. They are great at direct… Continue reading The Secret Weapon of a Successful Consultant is not to Behave Like One

The Litmus Test for Leadership — When Values Collide During a Pandemic

When Mike Tyson was asked by a reporter whether he was worried about Evander Holyfield and his fight plan he answered, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Most work communities establish values to guide the culture in their organizations. It is relatively easy to define a set of values to… Continue reading The Litmus Test for Leadership — When Values Collide During a Pandemic

The Secret to Building Sustainable Businesses May Lie in our Ability to Sketch, Sing, and Scribe

We all appreciate what it takes for someone to run a marathon, even if not many of us have attempted it. At some point in our lives, we all have given a shot for a quick sprint or a long jog and know how hard it is to sustain it for 26.2 miles. However, it… Continue reading The Secret to Building Sustainable Businesses May Lie in our Ability to Sketch, Sing, and Scribe

Ten Life Lessons I Picked Up In This Decade

Life lessons emerge from a deep-rooted underlying shortcoming. Such situations often require extended experiential learning from mentors that lasts years. If done right, life lessons create such a paradigm shift that the learnings become an integral part of your identity. As we get close to turning the page on this decade, sharing a personal retrospective… Continue reading Ten Life Lessons I Picked Up In This Decade

The Digital Transformation Trap — Compromising Human Experience with Agility and Speed

The early years of computer programming had a singular focus on the underlying data and processes being automated with a naive disregard for the human working with the application. As the audience for the computer applications outgrew the back-office personnel to include everyday users, the discipline of human-centered design has become critical to elevate the… Continue reading The Digital Transformation Trap — Compromising Human Experience with Agility and Speed

Why Is “Do You Have Any Questions?” One of The Most Important Questions In Your Interview

It is far too common to see strong candidates barely being able to keep it together in the final stretch of the interview when presented with the opportunity to ask questions. I have heard everything from “I have no questions” to a barrage of follow-up queries on a narrow topic. Candidates who fare well on… Continue reading Why Is “Do You Have Any Questions?” One of The Most Important Questions In Your Interview