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Recently, I entered into a more challenging problem space. The skills I had previously learned, weren’t allowing me to impact or influence others in the same way they used to. It wasn’t until I was invited to complete a course with McKinsey Academy that I had the lightbulb moment. I realised a fundamental skill that every product manager needs to be professionally successful; communicating for impact.

How often do you convince others to take a different approach or perhaps just change their minds? …


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One of my favourite things about Objectives and key results (OKR’s) is the Product Objective. Otherwise known as a “one liner”, a single sentence that gives the power of “No”. As a Product Manager (PM), I lean on this a great deal.

As PM’s, we have many great ideas from countless sources that land in our laps. But, we have limited time and by saying yes when we want to say no, we can over commit our teams. Everything we say yes to, takes away our capacity to deliver on our objectives.

But why is it so hard to say no? …

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