What do people like Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They read books. In fact, they read lots of books and make it an essential part of their day as working out or eating right. Reading is a favorite pastime of the most successful people in the world, and it is a habit worth mimicking if you want to be a product manager who can take your innovation team to the next level. If you are wondering what to read, here is the list of my top 5 books that have had the most significant impact on how I think about product management. I believe that you will enjoy them too.
The role of product manager is one of the most challenging in the modern business environment. PMs must be experts on their products from all angles, design to packaging, at the same time constantly reassessing customer input and satisfaction and a changing marketplace. Experienced PMs seeking an even greater challenge have probably given some thought to transferring exceptional product management skills to that most storied of positions: entrepreneur. At first blush, it’s not the most obvious jump – entrepreneurial genius is still a pretty specialized and rare commodity – until you start to break it down. That’s because there are a number of qualities and skills that product managers typically develop that are directly translatable to becoming a successful entrepreneur.