Product Management Enthusiast? Here are 3 Footballers Who Would be Amazing Product Managers
By Arijit Banerjee
In an era that is massively driven by technological products, the role of a product manager is a much coveted one. And since tech products are so imperative for day to day living in the modern era, managing them is pretty tough. It takes a lot to be a successful product manager, and we have analyzed some of the most eminent ones to see what are some of their common traits.
Communication, strategic thinking, passion for technology and products, a penchant for creating great customer experiences, and the ability to build teams that function collaboratively are some of the hallmarks of great product managers. And then you talk about these qualities, a few modern greats of football instantly seem to fit the bill. Let’s take a look at 3 footballers who would be amazing at product management.
The product world is highly saturated. For every product out there in the market, there are 10 imitators. Some of the copy-cats not only copy the product, but also better its feature at times. The key to differentiate your product is by building great, memorable experiences. When customers recall your product, they need to recall you with fondness.
Harry Kane has been providing great experience to spectators ever since he has arrived at the scene. His game is always fast, exciting, and unpredictable. He can turn any situation into a goal when you least expect it. That being said, he can be a great product manager because he has the ability to always dazzle and create newer experiences.
A successful product development requires collaboration between the team mates, and only a mature product manager can foster such collaborative efforts among them. Also, every department has its own USP and it is the role of the manager to ensure that he is not only encouraging every group to give their best, but also managing the efforts optimally.
Luka Modric is your perfect collaborator. The way he transitions the game from defence to offence is truly an art. He acts as a link between the defenders and the attackers and ensures that he keeps the game alive at all times. Only few people are as skillful in playing such a role as Modric is. The art of gelling with team members from various backgrounds and departments is vital to becoming a good product manager. That’s a lesson you can pick up from Mr.Modric!
Strategy is the first and foremost important thing. A sound strategy is what helps your product in surviving against formidable opponents. And in today’s hyper competitive world, a product management strategy needs to be improvised on the spot depending upon the situations you are facing.
Antoine Griezmann is a very cunning footballer, who is quick to adapt to situations. If the team is winning, he automatically switches his defensive mode on in spite of being an attacker. He helps the team in winning the ball back and ensuring that the lead is maintained. On the other hand, if the team is down, then he turns on his predatory instincts. Griezmann’s improvisations, quick decision-making, and forward thinking are all hallmarks of a good strategist, and therefore a good technical product manager.
All in all, while the footballers mentioned above undoubtedly work hard to achieve success, they have certain extra qualities which make them stand out in the game. But what’s amazing is that these qualities can also hold good in the world of product management, and if you were to adapt these qualities as well, you too can become a world-beater just like them!