So the world didn’t end today. Good–I’ve got a lot more work to do.

I’m writing this post on a train, coming home at the end of Week #2 at my new gig. For those of you keeping score, I’ve moved on from my role as Director of Product Management for Eccentex. I’m now consulting for a healthcare provider implementing a document capture system.

Why the change?

It all comes down to value creation and innovation. This might sound counter-intuitive since heading product management should be a high-leverage position and working with one customer is a low-leverage one. Although that might be true, real innovation is an integrated effort.

For me, I need to understand a problem deeply before I can really create some novel insights. In such a high-level position (even in a small company), getting that level depth is extremely difficult.

For product management in general, the classical role works well when the business model is known and stable. When the business model is still being discovered, you have to take a much more integrated approach–strategy and execution need to feed into each other in tight loops. At first, the organization doesn’t need to scale, it needs to learn.

And that’s what I’m doing now. I’m learning.

It’s a little scary to be out on my own, but getting outside of ones comfort zone always is.

So as the calendar turns another day and soon another year, I’m reminded that I have a new lease on life. I’m going to keep learning and keep getting better.

And so should you.

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