Working in a favorable environment, with an inspiring boss, and on a challenging product, are probably the main ingredients to progress in your product management career.
If you cannot count on one or more of the 3 (actually, even if you can), a mentor can go a long way in helping you unlock your full potential by:
- Challenging your perspectives on your product and stretching you out of your comfort zone
- Providing the perspective of a more senior person, usually one or two career steps ahead of you
- Providing you with an external point of view on the way you manage your product, asking some “tough or naif questions”
- Bringing in the experience of a different industry, product, or culture.
I am receiving several requests to act as a mentor, and I am always honored to help. Needless to say, I do this as a pro-bono activity and my biggest ROI is what I learn in return from these interactions.
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My name is Salva, I am a Product executive, helping tech companies discover, shape, and sell better Products. My work and writing are mainly about subscription models, product pricing, e-commerce/marketplaces, and creating top product organizations.
My superpower is to move between ambiguity (as in creativity, innovation, opportunity, and ‘thinking out of the box’) and structure (as in ‘getting things done’ and getting real impact).
I am firmly convinced that you can help others only if you have lived the same challenges: I have been lucky enough to practice product leadership in companies of different sizes and with different product maturity. Doing product right is hard: I felt the pain myself and developed my own methods to get to efficient product teams that produce meaningful work.