Relationship Series Part I: The Visionary Leader – A Potentially Beautiful Partnership

Have you ever experienced a leader articulate their product vision with such clarity that you felt you could almost reach out and touch this, yet to be developed product? You hung on their every word as your brain tried to fathom how this vision could be made a reality. You were exhilarated by the opportunity to deliver this product but at the same time terrified at the underlying complexity, which the visionary leader expertly hid behind the simplicity of the idea. In this post, which is part one of the Relationship Series, we explore the relationship between the Product Manager and a visionary leader.

I have had the privilege of working with several truly visionary leaders. The relationship with such a leader can be the most rewarding of a Product Manager’s career. We are able to transcend some of the more mundane Product Management activities and shape new ideas into a clear product vision. We craft an understanding of the business opportunities, and we find creative ways to articulate our solutions. This partnership, when working well, can be the catalyst for great product development. Read More