Yoshihiro Nishimura Shows Product Managers How To Deal With Bad Apples In The Office

Last time: We recapped the unapologetically bizarre Japanese horror film “Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl”… in 10 Panels Or Less™.

Today: We’re using that recap as a springboard into this week’s topic: Dealing with bad apples, bullies, and crazy people at work.

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Does Product Management Require Confidence? Sho’Nuff!

Yesterday: We recapped 1985 martial arts cult classic “Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon“, where Bruce Leroy searches for the mystical kung-fu power known as The Glow, and ends up dating Vanity.

Today: We’ll use that story recap as a springboard into this week’s topic: The importance of confidence in product management.

And I don’t mean just the outside world’s confidence in product management; I mean our own confidence, in ourselves, as Product Managers. Because some of this week’s conversations on Twitter made me question whether or not we really have The Glow.

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When To Fire A Star Product Manager

Cindy Alvarez recently posted 8 job interview questions product managers should be able to answer. I have some ideas about those–but, first, let’s take a trip on the dark side.

Say this prospect aces the interview, you hire them, and they do terrific work–they’re a star performer. But it turns out, they’re more arrogant than you thought, disruptive. What do you do?


Idle gauntlets are the devil’s playground.

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In Search Of A Metaphor

In a recent post, Saeed got me thinking (as he usually does) — this time, though, about something I’d said, about a metaphor I used in a presentation to describe product management to people unfamiliar with the practice.

It was about grease and glue. In context, it works, but I can see its limitations. And, well; it’s kind of gross. So, I went in search of other options…

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