What are the common traits of PM’s that you’ve loved working with?
Lexi Sage
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Hi Lexi. I have a couple posts that probably answer your question. Off the top of my head:

https://medium.com/@johnpcutler/the-evolving-product-manager-role-6f288bbc3cda#.4hom8nlnx

https://hackernoon.com/10-ways-pms-can-earn-the-respect-and-trust-of-their-team-98353b693b4a

https://medium.com/p/focus-on-these-8-things-to-build-better-products-f2344c19602d

https://medium.com/p/as-product-managers-we-re-asking-ourselves-the-wrong-set-of-questions-badfcfc6eb20

In that last post, I list some things I look for …

  • Show empathy NOT indifference
  • Ask why and who NOT how and what
  • Serve teams NOT agendas
  • Be guided by principles NOT plans
  • Be a team-member NOT a team-driver
  • Focus on challenges and needs NOT titles
  • Treat teammates like creative makers NOT resources
  • Provide context and data NOT solutions and platitudes
  • Have suggestions and opinions NOT demands and fiats
  • Be curious and open NOT dismissive and stubborn
  • Harness diversity NOT conformity
  • Embrace simplicity NOT oversimplification
  • Deliver outcomes and impact NOT features and output
  • Build less NOT more
  • Be transparent NOT opaque or manipulative
  • Be accessible NOT elusive or overbearing
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