Product Management Fortune Cookie: He who desires repeatable business value delivery should not seek for credit and pride.

ego-fortune-cookieHave you heard yourself say this? Have you heard someone else argue?

"That was my idea."
"Doing anything else would be ridiculous!"

Ouch. Phrases that I know many of you have expressed at some point, whether you are new to product management or have several years under the belt.

This was not one of those easily learned lessons. For, if everyone doesn’t know you are generating all of the ideas what’s the point? Right?

Everyone needs to follow my product strategy. Of course they do, that’s why I am here, that’s what I get paid for. Isn’t it? It’s my neck on the line. Right?

Tamping down ego, pride and emotional attachment to one’s ideas is never an easy lesson.

A product manager’s pride, ego, credit and recognition are not as important as the business value delivered. Lead from out front, lead through influence, lead from behind; in the end, the business value delivered is what matters.

What Product Management fortune cookies do you have to share?


Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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Jeremy Horn is an award-winning, product management veteran with 2 decades of experience leading and managing product teams. Jeremy has held various executive and advisory roles, from founder of several start-ups to driving diverse organizations in online services, consumer products, and wearables. As founder of The Product Group, he has created the largest product management meetup in the world and hosts the annual awarding of The Best Product Person. Accelerating the next evolution of product management, Jeremy acted as creator and instructor of the 10-week product management course at General Assembly and The New School, and mentoring at Women 2.0 and Lean Startup Machine (where is he also a judge). To see where Jeremy is now check him out at (1) and (2)