This is the second part of this article, you can read the first part here:
https://sebastianvalladares.medium.com/boosting-your-product-management-career-with-emotional-intelligence-6670266b9c5d

3. Motivation

Emotional tendencies that guide or facilitate reaching goals

3.1 Achievement drive

Striving to improve or meet a standard of excellence

If you want to succeed in your PM career, achievement drive is fundamental. Your focus should be on the outcome and impact our Product has for the business. Being results-oriented will help you not only to prioritize your work, but it will also be vital for building a robust product roadmap with higher chances to have an impact.

Other pieces in this competence are setting challenging goals, taking calculated risks, and reducing uncertainty (by gathering…


Every time I navigate the ocean of Product Management frameworks, I feel that we are not tackling one essential part of our role: People and Ourselves.

There is a framework for almost every stage of our Product development lifecycle, but one of the only transversal things is that we need people to make things happen.

Working with Emotional Intelligence

https://amzn.to/3fXUY2P

Daniel Goleman’s book has now +20 years, but it’s a timeless reminder of how vital Emotional Intelligence is to succeed in your career.

This article is not intended to be a book review, but I used the skills described in this…


If as a Product Manager you haven’t heard about the HiPPO concept before, I bet you will easily recognize it.

HiPPO stands for “Highest Paid Person’s Opinion”

(1) The acronym is used to describe the tendency for lower-paid employees to defer to higher-paid employees when a decision has to be made.

(2) The term can also be used to describe an organization’s reliance on human instinct rather than data in the decision-making process.

Source: https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/HiPPOs-highest-paid-persons-opinions

Both definitions have a strong relation to what we might encounter in our wild PM world.

We should work in harmony with HiPPOs as their…

Sebastian Valladares

Senior Product Manager | B2B & B2C experience

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