It’s better to be an interesting product manager than a smart one. Interesting PMs have wider and unique world views.

Thoughts on the PTOTD

Early in my career, I focused on being a smart PM – getting things run by the book, focusing on the bigger picture. 4 years in, I got the best advise a PM could get: be interesting.
You see, stakeholders, leaders and customers hang to every word said by a great PM, not because they are the smartest, but they are interesting.

Striving to be the smartest person in the room will only get you so far – there is bound to be someone smarter than you, somewhere. However, by taking on bigger or more challenging roles early in your career, you’re able to craft a unique proposition for yourself that cannot be replicated. And that will make you interesting.

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