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Practical Product Ep 6: Succeeding as a Remote Product Leader w/ Valentina Thörner, Product Advisory at Klaus

Were you ready to be a remote PM when COVID struck? Are you finding yourself still remote 2 years later?

Or maybe you’re back in the office, but your company embraced remote work, so some of your team is distributed elsewhere?

Regardless of your situation, if you or part of your team is not co-located with you right now, you have special challenges as a product manager. What works in office doesn’t always work remotely.

That’s why I knew we needed to bring in an expert to talk about remote product leadership during this season of Practical Product.

And Valentina brought the knowledge. She’s been leading remote teams for over a decade and teaching others with her courses and consulting for much of that time.

We had an amazing, 95-minute conversation covering a wide range of topics that any manager leading a fully or partially remote team needs to hear.

And if you’re thinking about changing jobs and joining a remote organization, you’ll want to listen in too, because we specifically talked about the transition you’ll have to make as well.

How to Succeed as a Remote Product Leader (even if you’re new to it)

Some jobs are not that different doing them remote versus in person. For example, a sales rep may have to sit and make the same calls, send the same emails, and generally have identical tasks that if anything, might be easier in a quiet environment remotely.

For a highly collaborative role like product management, that’s not the case. A LOT changes.

What works in person, doesn’t always work remotely, and often, the solutions aren’t even a 1 to 1 trade. Instead, you have to reinvent entire workflows and processes to fit the different way of working remotely.

Today’s discussion with Valentina Thörner goes deep on exactly these things.

You can listen on your favorite platform or in the player below:

Highlights of the episode include discussing:

A deep dive on remote vs. in person communication advice, and great team construction:

If you’re thinking about working as a remote PM or want to find a great remote company:

Key Show Notes & Further Reading:

– Books and other helpful links from today’s episode:

Many books and great blog posts were mentioned in this episode. Here’s a rundown of the books:

And blog posts for you to read:

Connect with and learn more about Valentina Thörner:

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