I recently finished reading You Learn by Living by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a compilation of her own philosophy on living and her deeply held values. Published in 1960, just two years before her death, the book contains many life lessons that still resonate with us today.

Eleanor Roosevelt was an incredible woman. She inspired many people around the world as First Lady during the difficult years of the Great Depression and World War II. …

I have recently had a couple of conversations with people who have asked me for career advice along the lines of, “What’s your advice for getting promoted?”

This is a question that is on many people’s minds as they progress throughout their career. My response to this question is based on my own career growth, as well as from managing teams at Twitter, Instagram, and GetYourGuide.

I have come up with five key tips for getting promoted in any organization.

  1. Nail the work you have been given
  2. Ask for more, and seek out the things that have the highest impact…

I recently finished reading Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, a book that shares the leadership lessons of Bill Campbell. Bill was a former executive at Kodak and then Apple, and later became the CEO of Intuit. He was also an informal executive coach to many tech giant CEOs/COOs, including Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, Sunder Pichai, Marissa Mayer, Dick Costolo, Dan Rosensweig, Donna Dubinsky, Sheryl Sandberg, Ben Horowitz, and many others.

Schmidt and Rosenberg packed the book with many of Bill Campbell’s leadership principles and stories, but here are three that stuck with me the most.

  1. Your…

I recently read High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard, and came away very inspired to follow his advice on building habits to become a better performer. Brendon has synthesized academic and original research in psychology and high performance to develop his HP6 model. In this post, I will summarize my key learnings from High Performance Habits and hopefully encourage you to read the book.

Brendon’s HP6 model is composed of six key habits, organized into two categories. The first category is “personal” habits, the second category is “social” habits.

HP6 Model (source: High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard)

The six key habits are:

  1. Seek clarity: know who you are…

I recently read Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and wanted to share four important leadership lessons I learned from the book. We are all familiar with Lincoln’s important accomplishments during his presidency, including leading the nation through the Civil War, preserving the Union, and ending slavery in the United States. In her book, Goodwin shares how Lincoln was able to accomplish these incredible feats using his leadership skills. Without further ado, here are the four key leadership lessons from Abraham Lincoln.

  1. Use the power of storytelling to motivate people
  2. Be willing to…

Inspired by reading a book by John Maxwell called The 5 Levels of Leadership, I will argue in this post that there are two types of product managers: positional or permission-based. Here is the difference between the two:

  1. Positional: the only influence a positional leader has is because of the title. People follow because they have to, and only do the minimum that is required of them.
  2. Permission-based: influence is based on relationships. People follow because they want to. According to Maxwell: “When you like people and treat them like individuals who have value, you begin to develop influence with…

As product managers and team leaders, we’re often in situations where we need to help our team make a decision. This is particularly difficult in cross-functional team situations, where the product manager or team leader does not have “positional authority” — the other people on the team don’t report to the PM or to the team leader. The question that we face in these situations is, “What’s the best way to help our team get to the decision?”

One framework that I have found helpful in these situations is Ask vs. Tell. When we’re helping our team get to a…

As leaders, entrepreneurs, and product managers, we are frequently confronted with decisions such as these: What is the right market for us to focus on? Should I prioritize this project? Should I give this initiative my support?

I recently read the book Decisive, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. The authors identified three decision traps that get in the way of us making effective decisions.

  • Narrow framing: you only look at the options immediately presented to you, and therefore you miss potentially good options.
  • Confirmation bias: you gather self-serving information that further entrenches your perspective, and may lead you down…

As product managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs, we are often working with or leading teams. In many cases, we are leading others without having formal authority. The ability to lead and influence others is based on a foundation of trust. Without trust, you’ll never be able to cooperate with or influence others. How can we build trust with others?

That is exactly the question that Stephen MR Covey tackles in his book The Speed of Trust. In this book, Covey provides a number of frameworks and best practices for building trust with others.

Why is trust important?

Everything we do, we do with others. We…

I recently read To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink. I wanted to share some of the key lessons I took away, for anyone who is not a salesperson but who still needs to influence and persuade others — particularly product managers and team leaders. What are some specific approaches that we can use to sell our ideas and influence others?

Pink begins by introducing us to the concept of “non-sales selling.” In contrast to traditional sales, non-sales selling involves advocating for a direction and persuading others to provide their resources (time, money, and support).

Ameet Ranadive

Entrepreneur. Product management @ Instagram.

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