‘American Horror Story’ Teaches Us Something About Mentoring Product Managers

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Just another day at the office.

I recently finished watching series one of American Horror Story — twisted, sexy, and totally addictive. Towards the finale, one of the characters made a point that struck home.

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This series is filled with surprises. I’m going to reveal some of those twists and turns to make a point about mentoring PMs. You have been warned!
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The Pinedale Shopping Mall Has Just Been Bombed By Live Turkeys! Or, How To Make Micromanagement Work For You

Yesterday: We recapped the classic WKRP episode “Turkeys Away”, where the bumbling station manager comes up with a Thanksgiving Day promotion involving live turkeys, and a helicopter.

Today: We’ll use that story recap as a springboard into this week’s topic: Micromanagement, and its implications for product managers.


People being micromanaged can improve their situations.
Usually, before turkeys start crashing to the ground like bags of wet cement.

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Handling Stress As A Product Manager: White Lines, Car-Jacking Are Not The Answers

Yesterday: We recapped “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang“, the second season opener of the British scifi series Torchwood… in 10 Panels Or Less™.

Today: We’re using this story recap as a springboard into this week’s topic: Handling stress as a product manager.


Coke and car-jacking? This Product Manager handled stress… poorly

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Your Blue Ocean Is Filled With Tribbles

Yesterday, we recapped the classic Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles” … in 10 Screencaps Or Less™.

Today, we’re using that story recap as a springboard into a discussion about seemingly predator-free environments.


The real trouble with Tribbles? They taste awful.

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