Elisabeth Sladen Knew How To Manage A Brand

Elisabeth Sladen — best known for her portrayal of Doctor Who companion Sarah Jane Smith — passed away last week at the age of 63.

I’m still having trouble processing this for reasons I touch on here but did want to share one thought about how Sladen’s approach to her character can teach us something about product management.

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What the Witchblade anime series reminded me about product management

Witchblade is an anime series based on the comic book by the same name. On the surface, the show is about women in bikinis fighting monsters.

Which describes, roughly, 50% of the anime Japan has produced.

But having just finished the series, I can attest there’s more to the Witchblade anime than that.


Image source: Witchblade: The Anime

Every episode of Witchblade season one began with this explanation…

“Sought by the greed of men since the dawn of human kind, but only bestowed upon the women whose fate it forever scars… The Witchblade. Is it the righteous sword of God? Or hand of the Devil himself? Now a new bearer has been chosen. And she must discover the answers for herself. As she stands on the brink of destiny, she is forced to seek the balance between ecstasy and ruin.”

If that doesn’t sound like product management, what does?

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Robotech’s #1 Product Management Lesson

Carl Macek — who launched the syndicated animated series Robotech, igniting the 1980s anime boom in North America — passed away last weekend. Today we’re celebrating his legacy, and the vital lesson his most renowned series can teach us.


Source: Robotech.com

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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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Star Wars: R2-D2 Kicks Butt, Takes Names

Today: We’re summarizing Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Duel of the Droids”… in 10 Screencaps Or Less™.

Tomorrow: We’ll use this story summary as a springboard into a discussion on how to tell if your customers are lying to you. (Cue the suspenseful music swelling in background!)

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