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Busy Is Not a Badge of Honor

busy badge of honor

A whole lot of “busy.” The person in the grocery store tapping out messages between two cell phones at once. The jogger whose eyes keep darting to the notifications blipping on their smartwatch. And the dinner party conversation that turns into a one-upping competition over who has less free time. Calendars double-booked! Overwhelmed at work! Read more…

Is There a Squirrel in Your Office?

office squirrel

Someone in the office is driving you nuts. Hoarding information and forgetting where they stashed it. Zipping from one thing to another without any focus. Running ahead of the team. Tough to pin down. Does this sneaky co-worker sound familiar? Read more…

The Best Way to Handle the Office Meddler

office meddler

“If it were me…” This is the motto of the office meddler. You know who I am talking about. It is that co-worker who thinks they always know what is best. So they take it upon themselves to dig into your work — offering plenty of unsolicited advice. Good intentions, maybe. Big annoyance and big problems, definitely. Read more…

6 Questions to Ask If You Want to Grow Into a Leadership Role

Grow Into a Leadership Role

Difficult work is often the most rewarding. This is especially true for those in leadership roles. I am incredibly proud of our software and the high-growth business we built at Aha! — but I am even more proud of the leaders we have helped grow. I am amazed at how we have grown our leadership team entirely from within the company. Read more…

33 Questions Smart Product Managers Ask in Job Interviews

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“Do you validate parking?” I had asked a job candidate at a previous company if they had any questions for me. And this was the sole question from the product manager I was interviewing. Flabbergasting. Product managers are supposed to be curious and inquisitive. This person’s lack of meaningful questions told me they did not want the job enough. Read more…

You vs. Your Company

you vs your company

What motivates you at work? We all have ambitions regardless of our role — individual contributors, managers, and executives. Ambition is good and it should be encouraged. But if your priority is reaching superstar status, you will almost always fall short. Read more…

8 Transformational Blogs for Product Managers

transformation blogs

“February is a time of transformation.” Not words you are used to hearing? Spring is usually synonymous with renewal. Winter is usually all dormancy and hibernation. But not this year. Change and transformation were on our minds last month and we explored those themes on the Aha! blog. Read more…

Hey Boss: I’m Drowning in Meetings

drowning in meetings

You versus your calendar. You are fighting for time to get your real work done. Nervously eyeing the clock. Each day is a relentless sprint from meeting to meeting. But the calendar always wins. It goes something like this…

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This Is Why You Dread Going to Work

dread going to work

It wakes you up in the middle of the night. Your palms sweat and your mind races. Toss, turn. Toss, turn. Until finally the alarm goes “bing!” and you face the source of this anxiety. What is filling you with dread? I know. The anticipation of going to work.

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Can You Be Perfect Every Day?

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There are moments in all of our lives when we experience a deep sense of satisfaction. When we have worked incredibly hard and realized our true best. Instant flashes of mental and emotional euphoria. Masterpieces that no one else needs to appreciate. But you know that what you just accomplished means everything. And guess what? These moments can happen at work too.

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No Authority? No Problem. Here’s How to Get Respect at Work

no respect at work

We called him “Rodney.” It may have been cruel but this guy got no respect at work. Loud and rude and always asking for a special favor or seeking a shortcut to get something he wanted. He made more noise in his cube than a rowdy heckler at a comedy club. You can probably guess where the nickname came from — this former co-worker sounded a lot like late comedian Rodney Dangerfield. 

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The Product Manager’s Playbook: How You Can Build Trust

Aha! customer success team

I do not envy substitute teachers. While most of the class will follow the new leader, there are always a few kids who misbehave in ways they would not dare with the “regular” teacher. It is a job with lots of responsibility yet limited authority. Product managers can probably relate.

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Use These 4 Words to Be More Productive in 2018

productivity at work

One day. Then two more. Still silence. This was several years ago when I was working at a large software company. I had sent an email to a colleague, hoping to address an important customer question about an advanced feature. The silent treatment continued. I was busy but I finally figured it out. Can you guess what happened next?

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6 Signs You Love Your Job

Aha! product management customer success team

“You cannot improve what you do not measure.” This is what I wrote the first time I asked our team at Aha! to evaluate our own company. I wanted to know how people really thought and felt. Not just polite conversation — honest opinions. So, we sent out our first Employee Lovability Survey. What does that mean? Good question.

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How Good Product Managers Deliver Bad News

product manager bad news

I have some bad news. And it will not be surprising for most product managers. Our job frequently involves telling people things they do not want to hear. In fact, I would say the job of a product manager involves more difficult conversations than most. Even communicating what some would consider very bad news.

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