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How to Build A Meaningful Network

Brian de Haaff | Posted 02.15.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

There are 450 million active users on LinkedIn. And I swear half of them want to take me out for coffee. I get these requests on a regular basis and ...

The Old-Fashioned Way To Be Happy At Work

Brian de Haaff | Posted 02.15.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

When you show appreciation in meaningful ways people give their best every day. And when they do, the company grows and their careers prosper.

Second-Guessing Your Career? 4 Questions to Ask

Brian de Haaff | Posted 02.13.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Think back to your high school years. Remember that one kid who just seemed to have "it"? The classmate who everyone was sure would be a great succes...

This Sentence Will Help Guide Your Career

Brian de Haaff | Posted 02.08.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

What do you want out of your career? Think beyond job titles and salary. Focus on the overarching vision for your professional life -- the work that ...

Startups: 5 Warning Signs You Are Failing

Brian de Haaff | Posted 02.03.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

So you want to start a company. You have done your research. And you know it will be hard work. You probably found the oft-cited statistic that 80 per...

Do Not Say These 4 Words at Your Next Job Interview

Brian de Haaff | Posted 02.02.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Who wants to hire a jack-of-all-trades? Nobody. I learned this the hard way early in my career when I was speaking with the VP of the product group ...

Are You Wasting Everyone's Time At Work?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.25.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I once worked for a boss who had a Ph.D. in time-wasting. This person's signature move? Pointless meetings. I would spend my days shuffling from one ...

The Truth Behind "Human Capital"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.20.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Remember Catbert from the Dilbert cartoons? What about Toby Flenderson from "The Office"? It seems HR is an easy target for comedy. There is probabl...

Your Toxic Boss Gets Promoted -- What About You?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.19.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Ever had a bad boss who seemed to fool everybody? I am sure you have. You know the type. They fire off indiscernible last-minute requests. Play favori...

How Smart Product Managers Craft a Resume

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.10.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Resumes take time to craft. I know that. And if you are looking for a new product management position, you are likely investing great effort in getti...

Product Manager: Here's How To Outsmart The Office Snake

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.06.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Do you have ophidiophobia? Many people suffer from this common phobia -- the fear of snakes. Before you answer "no" take a moment to think. Because a...

Hey, Product Manager: Your Customers Are Furious!

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.27.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Do you remember the first time a customer yelled at you? I know I do. I was a senior product manager and the company was working on a new network op...

Is Keeping Your Resume 'Current' Hurting Your Career?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.20.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Is there a compulsive updater in your life? You know who I'm talking about -- the one who seems to be in a constant state of "reaching out" with a str...

Is That Product Manager Sleeping at His Desk?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.20.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

What is the biggest threat to your career and product team? You might say cash flow, lagging sales, or finding qualified candidates. Or you might even...

The World's Most Unlikely Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.16.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

What degree do you think most product managers have? I will bet that you did not answer "B.A. in environmental science." But I do know of at least one...

The Mentor Every Product Manager Needs

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.12.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

You can learn how to do just about anything on YouTube. Change a bike tire, play guitar, or bake a flaky kołaczki pastry. If you are searching for e...

7 Words No Product Manager Wants to Hear

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.01.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Why is it that negative memories have a way of standing out? This is true for personal experiences as well as professional ones. I remember starting a...

Why Great Product Managers Are Optimistic Realists

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.29.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I once worked with a product manager who always had a smile on this face. He was a friend to everyone and always thought it was a beautiful day. But h...

There Is an Elephant in Your Office

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.22.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

You are not imagining things. There is indeed an elephant in your office. Everyone tries to tip-toe around the beast -- yet it is becoming increasing...

Product Managers: Stop Hacking Your Success -- Start Building

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.22.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

The word "hack" has a colorful history. Not so long ago, if someone had suggested you had hacked your way to the top, you probably would have given th...

Your Startup Does Not Need "Adult Supervision"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.16.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

A friend of mine came over the other night for a pep talk. He works at a San Francisco logistics startup. And he said that things are going well and n...

The Culture Behind Leading-Edge Technology Companies

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.03.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Take a moment and think about your team. Which colleagues are the naysayers? You know -- the people who you think of as "The Mallet" for their abil...

4 Reasons to Love Micromanagers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.28.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I love micromanagers. Now, you are probably thinking, "Are you for real?" It is true. Micromanagers are heroes in my world. It's ok if you consider me crazy. I know what you have been told. But they deserve a lot more love than they currently get.

Stop Handing Out Business Cards

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.26.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I finally decided to recycle the last box of business cards that I had collected from various connections over the years. There was no good reason to...

8 Words Product Leaders Should Never Use When Giving Feedback

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.25.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Do you ever dread sending off an important roadmap update to your boss? I once reported to a VP who replied to emails with vague and unhelpful feedba...