5 Podcast Episodes That’ll Make You A Better Product Leader

Becoming a successful Product Leader takes years of toil, hard work, failure, and dusting yourself off after it. You need to meet hundreds of different people in your industry, network with strangers, and work hard at forming relationships with your colleagues.

That sounds hard. Wouldn’t you rather just listen to a couple of podcasts instead?

OK, so that’s not really how it works. You can’t learn an entire suite of leadership skills from free internet content alone. But you can certainly pick up some strategies and tips that’ll stick with you for the rest of your career.

Speaking of which, we’ve just released Season 8 of The Product Podcast: Product Chiefs!

We’ll be releasing a new episode every week, so make sure to tune in. Catch Episode 1 with Surojit Chatterjee, CPO at Coinbase, as he talks about Cryptocurrency’s Potential for Change.

But while you’re waiting for this kickass season, we’ve hand selected 5 episodes that’ll help you on your journey to becoming a better product leader.

1. Product Management Hacks by fmr Netflix VP of Product

What’s it about?

Product community fan favorite and former Netflix VP of Product, Gibson Biddle talks us through all things related to product, product strategy, culture, and how to hack your product career.

Who should listen?

Gibson’s advice is well suited to anyone in Product Management. But for leaders, his advice on how to create products that are hard to copy is invaluable. This episode is for anyone currently building a product strategy, with a focus on properly delegating tasks, and how to manage the day to day of an executive.

Main takeaways

You don’t always have to delegate the things that you enjoy, and you can be a better learner by becoming a teacher.

Listen on Spotify

2. Solving Human Behavior Problems by Nextdoor CEO

What’s it about?

Tatyana Mamut is the CPO & Head of Product at Nextdoor. She is a result-oriented executive that has delivered outstanding products. In this podcast, Tatyana talks us through all things related to product, leadership, diversity, and how to solve human behavior problems.

Who should listen?

Tatyana gives some great insights on her secret sauce for building strong product teams, and her philosophy will be extra helpful for anyone looking to do the same. She touches on why it’s important to have people from different backgrounds in the room with you, and shares her own personal leadership style.

Main takeaways

It’s incumbent on Product Leaders to make sure that the people making decisions about the product reflect the people that they are serving. Both current and future customers.

Listen on Spotify

3. Build Great Products And Strong Product Teams by Dan Olsen

What’s it about? Dan Olsen is an entrepreneur, consultant, Lean product expert, and author of the bestseller The Lean Product Playbook, published by Wiley. In this podcast, Dan talks us through all things related to the product, product strategy, and building strong product teams.

Who should listen? Building great products is reliant on you building a strong product team! This episode is for everyone who is trying to find the balance between being hands-on and involved, and not being a micromanager. He’ll also go through PM at different levels of your career, to help PMs and leaders better imagine their career path. Perfect for you if you’re on the climb up!

Main takeaways

Even new CEOs, good CEOs, when they come into a company, they listen first.

Listen on Spotify

4. Product Thinking and Hyper-Growth by Run The World CEO

What’s it about?

In this episode Xiaoyin Qu, CEO of Run The World walks us through what it was like to build an online events company before the whole world moved online, and how she hires the right teams for hyper-growth.

Who should listen?

This is the perfect episode for anyone who started their own startup or side hustle. It’s pretty common for product people to want to break free and start something for themselves, and that’s exactly what Xiaoyin did. In this episode, she shares her journey with Run The World, with a focus on how she handles hyper growth, and hiring multidisciplinary teams.

Main takeaways

You’re going to make a bunch of mistakes, and there’s going to be a lot that you don’t know. But accepting that and working through it will make you a stronger leader.

Listen on Spotify

5. Designing Time in a Remote World by MURAL CEO

What’s it about?

Mariano Suarez-BattanCo-Founder and CEO of MURAL, walks us through the origins of MURAL, from ideation to its “ten-year overnight success”. He also touches on the importance of imagination, and how companies can encourage their teams to embrace digital collaboration.

Who should listen?

Mariano shares his advice for early-stage startups, and how to build trust with your teams when you can’t physically spend time together. He also talks about how to not just build a product, but how to go about integrating it with others, and making it a an absolute must-have for your customer’s tech stack.

Main takeaways

When you’re an early-stage startup, the most important question you should be asking yourself is ‘who are my ten happiest customers?’

Listen on Spotify

Further Reading

Looking for some light reading to up your leadership skills? In case you missed it, we’ve been focusing on Product Leadership this month and have plenty of great resources to share with you. Check out:

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