Introducing a new product manager to the team

Thank you for the opportunity to work in the company as a product manager. My name is Robert Paulson and I will be part of the product management team. As a product manager, I will have the opportunity to contribute to the successful implementation of key products for the company, which would contribute to the development of the current portfolio, increase the target audience, as well as bring additional revenue.

I have extensive experience in product management, which I find applicable in the current organization. One of my most distinctive features is related to solving problems of different nature and optimizing internal company processes in activities related to product management. In this way I can improve the most significant inefficiencies in product sales and reduce costs in this direction.

I allowed myself to analyze the company and its competitors in the market. I understand that we are in an extremely dynamic segment and obviously one of the most key components is the so-called time-to-market. I intend to improve this indicator, which will lead to a larger market share for the company, successfully expanding our audience.

One of my strengths is not only good communication and successful negotiation, but also good organization and approach to various issues. I have analytical thinking and technical competencies, which I find key in the implementation of the already mentioned goals.
I will be happy to be part of the team.

About the new product manager’s presentation

I think that the presentation in question should be as short as possible. No one would be impressed by a long speech that sounded unnatural. For this purpose, I wrote a short speech that would present my strongest features, but also the goals that I can achieve in the long run as part of the company. In this way I would create a feeling of a confident person who is result-oriented and would contribute to the development of the company.

As soon as I enter the boss’s office, I would use some key psychological elements, such as a strong handshake. Many business people pay attention to this gesture and a weak handshake is taken as a sign of weak character and lack of confidence.

I would start the conversation with the above speech, which I deliberately made to be as short as possible. The boss in question would certainly have specific questions to ask me, and for that purpose, I would consider the time he/she has.

During the presentation (or meeting) it is key to keep in mind the broadcast we have. For this purpose, I would stand with my chest straight. I would avoid postures that radiate uncertainty or disrespect – such as crossed arms or palms. I would stick to good business etiquette and formal tone. I would also emphasize good eye contact.

In this type of meeting, to achieve a better result it is good to use sentences that end with a slight emphasis at the end. Therefore, I would start each sentence with a slight key and gradually move to a higher one, emphasizing the most important.

Personally, I think that any boss would be interested not only in the strengths of the candidate in question for this position, but would also ask himself what makes this person better than the others? To this end, I have allowed myself to insert a part of my speech which clearly shows that I have already taken concrete action in this direction – the above-mentioned analysis shows that I have already analyzed the industry and the main competitors. In this way, I clearly demonstrate that I am a person of action and have a clear implementation plan, which is of strategic importance to the company. This would also position me as a person who does not need continuous onboarding or guidance but as one who clearly understands the company’s goals and could work specifically in this direction.

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Knowing our own skills and negatives is especially important for our development not only as individuals but also as professionals.

You really have to be careful with perfectionism. You are right that this can be both a positive quality and can lead you to subjective situations and traps.

The product manager must be able to compromise with the results, and they start with internal compromises to the feeling of dissatisfaction.

Avoiding excess and “swallowing” imperfection can be a value, just like perfection.

Risk is a great topic and well done for mentioning. In project management, risk management is a standard and clichéd topic. There, things are often easier, as the risk often concerns the so-called “internal factors”.

In the product world, the risk is mostly external. You have described the collection of sufficient information perfectly and correctly. Information is the best friend of the product manager.

When you don’t have enough of it or have doubts, a good answer to hesitant situations and ideas is just “No”. You would not want to offer your directors to invest a few more millions without being sure.

On the topic of prioritization and the relationship with business, let us emphasize that this relationship must be quite strong. It is the activities of the business that should be the leading factor in the prioritization. When we create a product, we can think of it as the end result, how it will work, how it will be accepted by end-users, and countless other topics. But the product is often created for business.

You mentioned segmentation, consumers, stakeholders, factors. However, the goals and needs of the business remain at the top. You can make a great product in two ways – “slow and glorious” or percussive and explosive. However, this would be a decision of senior management. On the topic, we will again go into detail in the following articles.

The mentor or lead is luck and rare luxury. Directors, colleagues, end-users, Marketing and Sales departments, technical teams, stakeholders – they are all your “group” mentors.

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