In a product discussion, which involves teams of various spheres such as the engineering team, the design team, and the vendors, it is very important to communicate and put ideas forth in an efficient manner, especially for the product manager.
In this talk, Yogesh Ratnaparkhi explains that mindfulness is more about the delivery of the product, and less about the product itself. There are various factors that one has to keep in mind in order to achieve this state.
Meet Yogesh Ratnaparkhi
Yogesh works as a Senior Product Manager at Expedia. He owns their digital marketing ad platform for social, SEO and email channels. Before Expedia, Yogesh worked in a start-up called Limeade, where he got the opportunity to evolve from being a technical lead to a technical product manager, and then to a director of product.
He also has a strong technology foundation in cloud-based enterprise SaaS, utilizing Machine Learning, partner APIs and SDKs, mobile apps and big data.
Mindfulness in Product Management
Yogesh begins by explaining that product management is a leadership role with no formal authority. Product managers lead by inspiring people and building trust. The role involves strong intuition and real-time decision-making. The most important aspect though, he says is how grounded and centered a product manager can be, during discussions and when critical decisions have to be made.
Clarity is the key. It is a skill which cannot be mastered in a day. To master it, one has to take it one day at a time.
What Do the Experts Say?
In a study, Harvard Business Review noted positive improvements in the three basic capacities after a mindfulness training for leaders:
One of the final conclusions from the review article:
If you want to affect your workplace, start with yourself: Develop your own personal practice daily. This helps you to get real about what it takes.
Four Opportunities for Mindfulness
- Interactions (0 minutes)
- Mindful meetings
- Healthy internal conversations
- Positive intent
- Flow time (5 minutes)
- Scribble – Don’t wait for the inspiration of an idea to strike. Just start to write to create the momentum
- Let go
- Unwind (1 minute)
- Three wins for the day
- Bedtime gratitude
- Morning ritual (10 minutes)
- A cup of meditation – Disconnect and meditate for at least the first 10 minutes of your day
- Daily intentions – Journaling
- FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubts) – Journaling
Yogesh concludes by saying that the biggest investment one can do is on themselves, and how they are delivering on a daily basis. He further narrates that the 16 minutes’ worth of investment to oneself can reap great rewards and RoI in terms of clarity, intuition, and performance.
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