Thursday, April 4, 2013
An Introvert Dips her Toe into the Extrovert Pond
I've been hesitant to start my own blog and didn't want to unless I had something unique to offer to the product management community. Two things inspired me to get out of the hammock and start writing (much to the dismay of my English teachers from my youth)
First, I recently read the Dan Pink book "To Sell is Human". It's an awesome book for product managers, a group of folks who are always selling their product vision in and outside of their organization. The book mentions learning Improv as a way to improve listening, creativity and team skills. So rather than read another book - I elected to sign up for an improv class. It's a fundamentals class targeted at people like me - those who don't (or can't) want to have a career in comedy.
For those of you that don't know me...I'm an "I" on the Myers Briggs assessment. So the thought of doing this scares the bejeezus out of me - which must mean its the right thing to do.
Class starts Monday April 8th, so there is still time for me to chicken out - but since I've now said this out loud, I think I have to follow through.
Back to my original point. This blog will be a great outlet for me to share my adventures in playing in the extrovert waters. Who knows - maybe after 8 weeks I will score an "E" on that assessment.
Secondly...I had the opportunity to hear the CEO of SilverPop, Bill Nussey, speak at a TAG Product Management event. He talked about the 6 secrets of great product managers. One of those secrets is being what he called Bat Crap Crazy. Based on some of the signs (like talking incessantly at happy hour about what's coming in the next product release) - I decided I might just be bat crap crazy. So I'm stealing the moniker - although based on my experiences - many of us fit that bill (Jason Brett I might be talking to you). I'm hoping to share some of my product management experiences here.
So please stayed tuned as I plan to share my adventures from Improv class and anything that else this bat crap crazy pm does or learns.