Cultivating a Leadership State of Mind

The product and design team at Axial is only 6 people (3 in each discipline, excluding me) so we run as a very flat group, working in cross-functional teams. But the flatness of an organization doesn’t mean that everyone in the team can’t try to improve their leadership game. Leadership isn’t bossing people around. It’s… Continue reading

A Product Manager Checklist

We’re always thinking about “minimum viable process” — i.e. what’s the least process that gets the job done. The answer to that changes as your team size scales, but I think it’s always worthwhile to fight a running battle for no more prescriptive process than you need. This impacts everything from how you treat agile, how you… Continue reading

A Private “Medium” for Your Team

There’s a lot to love about Medium. It’s a bubbling spring of human ideas and intellectual connectivity. It is living proof that the written word has not gone out of style. But there are a lot of things to say that are not really for the rest of the world. This is especially true when… Continue reading

My next chapter in helping entrepreneurs

Last Thursday, I started a new gig as VP of Product for Axial. Given that the company is both B2B and has a target market largely outside of tech, I’m guessing that most people have not heard of it. Axial is a 100-person startup that runs an online network for connecting business owners who want… Continue reading