Every individual in an organization has a different motivating factor. As a product manager, we deal with engineering, professional services, support, training, documentation, and QA. Thus it is crucial to comprehend common ground to understand motivating factor among people with different attitude, behavior, values, and culture. Product manager’s job is high touchpoint job, and it touches every department in the organization. Thus, I firmly believe key to the success of this role is to connect before you build and to connect before you lead.
I was fascinated by coordinated and structured efforts from ants when I was 6. On the other hand, I was baffled to see group conflict and unstructured behavior in the organization at 22 during my first corporate job. As a Product Manager, dealing with people is an inevitable part of the job. One of the biggest challenges for PMs is to influence engineers and negotiate with the business team. If that is the case, how PMs miss organizational pattern to understand engineers and business team behavior?
An organization is the group of people working towards the same purpose. However, we always see a conflict of interest between the engineering team and business team, and as a PM, your role is to connect both sides of an organizational spectrum. Today in any organization; as a PM, you work with engineering, support, marketing, sales, professional services, and finance department. It means PMs get an opportunity to work with people from diverse background, culture, and experience. As product managers spend more time with various teams, they need to understand personal behaviors, a key motivation of each team/individual and company objectives.
When Maximus (Russell Crowe) entered an arena as a Gladiator, the entire world noticed a fighter culture of a Roman empire. On the other hand, his father Marcus Aurelius entered an arena of a mind and established a legacy as the Stoic emperor. Do you know what Stoicism means?
Stoicism is one of the most enduring philosophies Greek and Roman taught an entire world. It is a view of an empirical ethics and base for a happy life. Roman and Greek philosophers share deep thoughts to overcome fear and pain points of our life. They provided principles to understand the world around us and work with others collaboratively.