What makes a great product manager? Google suggests dozens of articles with a variety of characteristics and skills highlighted. As it is a frequent question on every Product Management interview, and you usually want to give MECE answers on an interview, I put my top-qualities list in a matrix, based on a KANO model:
Being a founder & CEO, quality decision making is critical. Bad decisions just cost so much time, money, and nerves, while good decisions move the whole company further.
To make good decisions, one needs to have a clear, sharp, calm, and well-rested mind. Taking care of your mind requires effort, like taking care of your body.
That’s why my #1 goal of the new year resolution of 2020 was ‘sleep well’.
Sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on the brain, affecting mood and worsening depression, exacerbating pain, and undermining executive functions that affect judgment, planning, organization, concentration, memory, and performance. In other words, the critical functions of a founder. Next to that, hormones influencing weight and growth become imbalanced. Immune dysfunction, leading to an increased susceptibility to illness, and a pro-inflammatory state develop.
Sleeping well is a habit that takes time and effort to build. It starts with awareness.
Read nine simple tips from a Stanford neurologist for quality sleep here: https://qz.com/quartzy/1341003/a-stanford-neurologists-nine-simple-tips-for-quality-sleep/