What an excellent, reflective summary.
I am curious, if this is literally true to you or hyperbole?
>I believe I have learned more from a single class at HBS than my 5 cumulative years of undergraduate and graduate studies of Engineering.
Many excellent points here. My friend calls what I did before (reading an enormous amount of books with little comprehension) being a “self-help junkie.”
Two years ago I accelerated the number of books I read to 105 in a year. My comprehension took a huge hit. The next year I re-read many of the same books simply to remember…
This is a good list. Lots to like here. There seems to a be a contradiction in suggesting a PM “look at every piece of feedback that comes in…respond to every customer problem” and then at the same time “ruthlessly prioritize.” In my experience, customer feedback can be overwhelming. The best PMs I know prioritize the feedback they listen to as well. They sample appropriately and understand the tradeoffs.
I like your approach. On my team, I found it helpful to establish expectations with my immediate peers and manager on what they expected for me in the first couple weeks. Once I knew the expectations it was easy to succeed.
Have you seen Ken Norton’s “What to Do in Your First 30 Days”. He shares similar tips as you share above.
This is great Sid. Spot on. I lost my cool many times during my startup ride and so appreciate the mulligan. Luckily, I’ve found most people around startups, like you, are patient with us first timers. One of the best things about entrepreneurship (especially in Utah) is the support ecosystem around it.