How can aspiring product leaders effectively navigate the transition into the C-suite? In this webinar, Harmonic Health CPO and Co-Founder Christopher Young will be sharing insights on navigating the complexities of product leadership at the executive level. Join us to learn about crucial considerations for ascending to the C-suite in product management, from strategic decision-making to fostering innovation and driving impactful results.

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Show Notes:

  1. As a C-suite executive, your first team is the other members of the C-suite. You need to prioritize aligning with them.
  2. Having a unified vision and strategy with the C-suite helps with conflict resolution and messaging.
  3. Understand your audience when presenting – boards know the company but not details.
  4. Highlight key outcomes and achievements when presenting to the board.
  5. Keep board presentations concise, focused, and tell a cohesive story.
  6. Financial acumen and business metrics are important for C-suite roles.
  7. Managing different audiences like boards requires different communication styles.
  8. Repetition is important for messaging to stick with audiences.
  9. Founders have more responsibility over finances than C-suite roles.
  10. Founders have a broader scope of responsibilities with constraints.
  11. Innovation and speed are important for founders but risks must be mitigated.
  12. Marketing positioning needs to align with operational priorities for founders.
  13. Data strategy and priorities need to be clear between product and data teams.
  14. Understanding other teams’ motivations helps product teams collaborate better.
  15. Providing insights proactively helps position product teams as good stakeholders.
  16. Emotional intelligence is important for navigating different stakeholder priorities.
  17. Maintaining a growth mindset helps overcome frustrations in roles.
  18. Connecting with mentors can provide guidance for career transitions.
  19. Building financial modeling skills is important for founder readiness.
  20. Chris recommends the book Business Intelligence for Managers for product managers without a business background to better understand financial concepts, and Five Dysfunctions of a Team for understanding signs of lack of cohesion or first team thinking in a leadership team.
About the speaker
About the host
Dan Hammaker Intapp, Sr. Director, Product Management

I'm a product leader focused on delivering exceptional client value by building quality software and engaged teams. I love talking to users about their problems and working with new PMs to grow their careers. I live in Brooklyn, NY with my spouse. Outside of work I love traveling, cooking, and following Philadelphia sports.

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