How can product leaders foster customer-centered growth? In this episode of Product Talk hosted by Nacho Andrade, New Work SE Fmr. Product Director Thomas Gläser discusses approaches to product strategy, innovation, and growth. Thomas emphasizes the importance of deeply understanding customer needs and jobs to be done over simply analyzing competitors. He advocates developing evidence-based strategies through empathetic customer research rather than making assumptions. Thomas also cautions against common pitfalls like moving too quickly without validation or focusing on internal metrics over market fit. Listeners will learn frameworks for strategic product leadership focusing on customer-centered problem solving to drive meaningful growth.

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Show Notes

  1. Staying close to the team through frequent communication is important for understanding problems and opportunities.
  2. A bottoms-up approach and involving the team in decision-making helps avoid surprises and ensures alignment.
  3. Psychological safety and trust are foundational for collaboration, innovation, and excellence.
  4. Vulnerability and honesty from leaders helps build trust within teams.
  5. Empathy and understanding different roles fosters healthy conflict and working towards shared goals.
  6. Early-stage customer interactions provide valuable insights through in-person conversations.
  7. Data becomes more important at scale, but weak signals are all that’s available early on.
  8. Networking, community involvement, and coffee chats can lead to career opportunities.
  9. Ambition, motivation, and taking risks are signs of a driven employee.
  10. Self-awareness and focusing on strengths aids career navigation and fulfillment.
  11. Saying “no” is important for prioritization even if it’s difficult.
  12. An agile mindset means adapting quickly to changing needs internally and externally.
  13. Product management is not well understood and education could help collaboration.
  14. Getting into the weeds with customers through tools like Gong fosters personalization.
  15. Involving the team in big changes and decisions prevents surprises.
  16. Team building and leadership requires coming to the table with questions, not answers.
  17. Understanding different perspectives builds empathy across roles.
  18. Data should support, not drive decisions, especially early on.
  19. Vanity metrics distract from the business outcomes that matter most.
  20. Gratitude and appreciation motivate further learning and sharing.
About the speaker
Thomas Gläser Thomas Gläser - Strategic Product Executive, Self-employed Member

Thomas Gläser is a seasoned product leader with over 14 years of experience orchestrating transformative digital products. As a Moonshot Orchestrator and Strategic Product Leader, he leverages evidence-based methodologies and lean principles to drive product strategies that foster innovation and growth. Previously, Thomas was the Product Director for XING Events, Groups, and onlyfy by XING. His diverse career also includes roles at Mozilla, JetBrains, BMW, and Arduino, in addition to managing his own agency, envis precisely. Thomas believes that too many resources are spent on ideas that don’t work, which is why he is passionate about refining product processes and cultivating cultures to solve that. He actively coaches teams and executives, helping them build better products and foster collaborative environments.

About the host
Nacho Andrade Ubiety Technologies, Fmr CPO

Nacho is an Evangelist for all things product, advocating for innovation, diversity, and building amazing products. Nacho has spent over 10 years in product roles ranging from startups to enterprise in industries like education, healthcare, finance and gaming.

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