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Brought to you by Nils Davis, this podcast will help you become a better product manager, marketer, innovator, or entrepreneur. With thought provoking and action-oriented content - this podcast tackles problems ranging from finding and validating market problems, to creating innovative solutions, to taking those solutions to market. Simply put, it will help you move your skills - and your products - to the next level.

The Secrets of Product Management Podcast by Nils Davis Nils Davis

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Brought to you by Nils Davis, this podcast will help you become a better product manager, marketer, innovator, or entrepreneur. With thought provoking and action-oriented content - this podcast tackles problems ranging from finding and validating market problems, to creating innovative solutions, to taking those solutions to market. Simply put, it will help you move your skills - and your products - to the next level.

    87: Sabrina Braham On Amplifying Your Potential With Clifton Strengths

    87: Sabrina Braham On Amplifying Your Potential With Clifton Strengths

    In this episode, my good friend Sabrina Braham shares her insights on Clifton Strengths and amplifying your potential by applying strengths and other positive psychology ideas like the growth mindset.







    Sabrina is a celebrated executive coach and consultant, specializing in leadership excellence and business growth, with many years of experience coaching Fortune 500 executives and helping organizations transform and flourish.







    She has recently added Clifton Strengths to her coaching repertoire, and I wanted to ask her on the show to talk about Strengths and the Clifton Strengthsfinder from a trained practitioner’s perspective.







    Links for amplifying your potential







    Links to the books and resources Sabrina mentions in the episode:







    * Clifton Strengths Assessment – go to https://strengthsfinder.com.* You can also buy the Clifton Strengthfinder book Strengths Finder 2.0, which includes an access code to take the assessment.* Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, a fantastic book about growth versus fixed mindsets.* Other positive psychology leaders: Martin Seligman’s Flourish, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience* Sabrina’s own site: sabrinabraham.com. * Recent episodes I’ve done where I mention strengths: Strengths, Skills, and Workarounds; How To Make a Name For Yourself As a Junior Product Manager; Outsmarting Imposter Syndrome.







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    If you want to help me out, and more importantly, help other product managers find and enjoy this podcast, please subscribe on your podcast system of choice. And consider giving me a review on iTunes or “starring” the episode on your player. It helps other people find the podcast, and makes me a little happier as well. I might even read your review in an upcoming episode.







    If you have comments, questions, or complaints about this episode or the podcast, please leave a comment down below and I’ll get back to you immediately.



    In this episode, my good friend Sabrina Braham shares her insights on Clifton Strengths and amplifying your potential by applying strengths and other positive psychology ideas like the growth mindset.







    Sabrina is a celebrated executive coach and consultant, specializing in leadership excellence and business growth, with many years of experience coaching Fortune 500 executives and helping organizations transform and flourish.







    She has recently added Clifton Strengths to her coaching r...

    • 37 min
    86: Data-driven Product Management

    86: Data-driven Product Management

    What does data-driven product management really mean?







    In episode 83 of this podcast my guest Noa Ganot reminded us that the term “data-driven product management” originally meant you weren’t prioritizing what to build simply based your own opinions, out of your own head, or the opinions of your colleagues.







    You would use “data” – such as interviews, observations, and surveys – that came from research, especially with customers.







    She noted that as our tools have gotten more powerful, our vision has unfortunately gotten narrower, to the point that we think of “data” only as “numbers gained from analytics.”







    Doing data-driven product management doesn’t mean you have analytical numbers to justify every decision.







    It means you use data to help justify your decisions (because there is never certainty).







    Links







    * Reply All episodes about Compstat – Part 1, Part 2.* Value Inequality episodes of this podcast – Part 1, Part 2* How To Measure Anything, by Douglas Hubbard.* Analytical prioritization (a conceptual math model) podcast episode.







    Don’t forget to subscribe!







    If you want to help me out, and more importantly, help other product managers find and enjoy this podcast, please subscribe on your podcast system of choice. And consider giving me a review on iTunes or “starring” the episode on your player. It helps other people find the podcast, and makes me a little happier as well. I might even read your review in an upcoming episode.







    If you have comments, questions, or complaints about this episode or the podcast, please leave a comment down below and I’ll get back to you immediately.



    What does data-driven product management really mean?







    In episode 83 of this podcast my guest Noa Ganot reminded us that the term “data-driven product management” originally meant you weren’t prioritizing what to build simply based your own opinions, out of your own head, or the opinions of your colleagues.







    You would use “data” – such as interviews, observations, and surveys – that came from research, especially with customers.







    She noted that as our tools have gotten more powerful, our vision has unfortunately gotten narrower, to the point that we think of “data” only as “numbers gained from analytics.”







    Doing data-driven product management doesn’t mean you have analytical numbers to justify every decision.







    It means you use data to help justify your decisions (because there is never certainty).







    Links







    * Reply All episodes about Compstat – Part 1, a href="https://gimletmedia.

    • 23 min
    85: Storytelling Questions & Answers

    85: Storytelling Questions & Answers

    In this episode, answers to a few questions I get often when I’m presenting or training product managers on storytelling.







    A great story is about a problem worth solving, a difficult and challenging path to a solution that only you can navigate, followed by a meaningful transformation when the problem is solved.







    Very simple to state. Not quite as simple to execute – but still pretty simple. Despite its simplicity, the opportunities for applying it are manifold – as are the questions that come up about using it.







    Rebranding the podcast







    This is the second episode of the rebranded podcast. I’m changing the name from All The Responsibility to “The Secrets of Product Management” so it’s a lot more obvious what it’s about to a casual browser. The new colors (and the name) also to align much better with the branding of my book, The Secret Product Manager Handbook, which I think can only be good.







    Nothing else is changing about the podcast – same format, same host, all the same other things. You’ll still be able to access it via alltheresponsibility.com, plus the new URL secretsofpm.com.







    Storytelling bootcamp – April 17 & 18, 2021







    * Sign up for my April 17-18 2021 storytelling bootcamp where you can really get prepared, go deeper into storytelling, and polish a few of your own stories with my coaching.







    Links







    Below are some links to previous podcast episodes about storytelling and a few other useful resources.







    * How To Elicit, Structure, and Use Customer Success Stories* More Proven Secrets For Brilliant Storytelling* Reducing The Perception of Risk – The Art of Pre-handling Objections* Introduction To The Value Inequality* My YouTube video about how to make your business presentation 10x better in about an hour – there’s a lot in here about “grooming” your presentation.* My Product Management Today webinar on storytelling for product managers







    Don’t forget to subscribe!







    If you want to help me out, and more importantly, help other product managers find and enjoy this podcast, please subscribe on your podcast system of choice. And consider giving me a review on iTunes or “starring” the episode on your player. It helps other people find the podcast, and makes me a little happier as well. I might even read your review in an upcoming episode.







    If you have comments, questions, or complaints about this episode or the podcast, please leave a comment down below and I’ll get back to you immediately.



    In this episode, answers to a few questions I get often when I’m presenting or training product managers on storytelling.

    • 30 min
    84: Strengths, Skills, and Workarounds

    84: Strengths, Skills, and Workarounds

    This episode of The Secrets of Product Management is about strengths and weaknesses, and especially how to use mental models and other tools to augment your weaknesses.







    Rebranding the podcast







    This is the first episode of the rebranded podcast. I’m changing the name from All The Responsibility to “The Secrets of Product Management” so it’s a lot more obvious what it’s about to a casual browser. The new colors (and the name) also to align much better with the branding of my book, The Secret Product Manager Handbook, which I think can only be good.







    Nothing else is changing about the podcast – same format, same host, all the same other things. You’ll still be able to access it via alltheresponsibility.com, plus the new URL secretsofpm.com.







    Links







    Some articles about mental models I find repeatedly useful:







    * Gabriel Weinberg’s Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful* Amplitude software’s article The 9 Mental Models You Need to Build Better Products







    Some of my previous podcast episodes and articles on:







    * Strengths: How To Be Better, Outsmarting Imposter Syndrome, Soft Skills For Product Managers* Mental models and metaphors: Product Management Metaphors – Bad and Good, Mental Models for Product Managers (an article, not a podcast episode).* Storytelling: Go-to-market For Yourself: Getting Your Next PM Job, How To Elicit, Structure, and Use Customer Success Stories







    Storytelling masterclass and boot camp







    * Please take my storytelling online course – it’s free (for now) and on demand. it might be the most valuable 37 minutes you’ll spend this year.* Sign up for my April 17-18 2021 storytelling bootcamp where you can really get prepared, go deeper into storytelling, and polish a few of your own stories with my coaching. (it’s not free, but there is a discount if you sign up early!)







    Don’t forget to subscribe!







    If you want to help me out, and more importantly, help other product managers find and enjoy this podcast, please subscribe on your podcast system of choice. And consider giving me a review on iTunes or “starring” the episode on your player. It helps other people find the podcast,

    • 15 min
    64: (Updated) Go-To-Market For Yourself: Getting Your Next Product Management Job

    64: (Updated) Go-To-Market For Yourself: Getting Your Next Product Management Job

    Your storytelling power is not only a differentiator, it’s a risk reducer







    In this episode I’m talking about this challenge – roughly and simplistically let’s call it “getting your next product manager job” – from a few different angles.







    Your stories of what you actually did – although still somewhat subject to wariness on the part of the hiring manager – are their best way for a hiring manager to assess what you can really do and what you are really like. This means they are critical for reducing the hiring manager’s perception of risk of hiring you.







    * Managing your career like you’d manage a product.* Reducing the perception of risk of hiring you.* Go-to-market – especially the “sales process” – which when you’re looking for a new product management job is *the interview.”







    A few links







    * Previous storytelling episodes on the podcast – How To Elicit, Structure, and Use Customer Success Stories, The Two Stories Every Product Manager Must Be Able To Tell, and Reducing The Perception of Risk – The Art of Pre-handling Objections* Episode #82: The Perfect Product Manager Resume will help you get in the door to that interview in the first place!* The Value Inequality – in which I describe the Value Inequality and its components of Product Risk, Change Management Risk, and Opportunity Cost Risk.







    Storytelling masterclass and boot camp







    * Please take my storytelling online course – it’s free (for now) and on demand. it might be the most valuable 37 minutes you’ll spend this year.* Sign up for my April 17-18 2021 storytelling bootcamp where you can really get prepared, go deeper into storytelling, and polish a few of your own stories with my coaching. (it’s not free, but there is a discount if you sign up early!)







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    And you can always buy my book, The Secret Product Manager Handbook, available in Kindle and paperback.



    Your storytelling power is not only a differentiator, it’s a risk reducer







    In this episode I’m talking about this challenge – roughly and simplistically let’s call it “getting your next product manager job” – from a few different angles.

    • 24 min
    83: Noa Ganot on Product Leadership and Being Data-Driven

    83: Noa Ganot on Product Leadership and Being Data-Driven

    “The term data-driven product management was used before data was what is is today. It was about moving from your opinions to fact. It was not about moving to statistics and big data.”Noa Ganot







    That’s Noa Ganot from our interview in this episode. In this episode she tells us about what being “data-driven” really should mean, plus how product leaders can be more effective. And why product leadership is so difficult even for experienced managers, and the differences with product management itself.







    Noa Ganot is a product management coach, consultant, and trainer, focused on helping product leaders – VPs, CPOs, and Heads of Product – become more effective at leading their teams as well as handling the unique requirements of their executive position.







    She has a 20-year career in high tech, including building and leading multiple product teams herself.







    In this episode, Noa will share her insights, along with three things you can start doing today to level up your product leadership intuition and ambition.







    Links







    * Noa Ganot’s site, and her blog (full of awesome articles!).* Her bootcamp for product leaders, the CPO Bootcamp (mostly in Hebrew, as it’s only offered in Israel, in Hebrew). * The Right Questions To Ask Your Customers, one of the many articles I loved from Noa’s blog in which she mentions overcoming the “fear of small numbers.” * Foundations of Strategy by Robert Grant and Judith J. Jordan – a book that expanded Noa’s mind about how businesses could be run. * The book How To Measure Anything, by Douglas W. Hubbard. I have recommended this book a few times before – it’s great!







    Don’t forget to subscribe!







    If you want to help me out, and more importantly, help other product managers find and enjoy this podcast, please subscribe on your podcast system of choice. And consider giving me a review on iTunes or “starring” the episode on your player. It helps other people find the podcast, and makes me a little happier as well. I might even read your review in an upcoming episode.







    If you have comments, questions, or complaints about this episode or the podcast, please leave a comment down below and I’ll get back to you immediately.



    “The term data-driven product management was used before data was what is is today. It was about moving from your opinions to fact. It was not about moving to statistics and big data.”Noa Ganot







    That’s Noa Ganot from our interview in this episode. In this episode she tells us about what being “data-driven” really should mean, plus how product leaders can be more effective. And why product leadership is so difficult even for experienced managers, and the differences with product management itself.







    Noa Ganot is a product management coach,

    • 47 min

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Ep 76 - a must listen!

Just finished episode 76 and it’s a must listen for teams. Psychological safety is so important and Nils gives product team specific examples for how this can break down and how it can be built up. Worth a listen and to share with your teams.

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A must listen for product managers

Whether you’re a veteran PM or just starting out, Nils and Rob cover all the challenges faced by PMs today. Every episode finished with three things you can do today to take action. Nils and Rob are passionate about their craft and it shows. Definitely worth your attention.

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