Leadership skills to accelerate product success and boost your career

Product leadership is earned, not given. Market success requires a combination of customer understanding, product expertise, and political saviness.  Product managers and marketers become instant leaders when they know how to weave these elements together.  These tools and techniques will help you craft powerful product roadmaps and customer communication strategies. The result? You’ll elevate your personal leadership position in your organization while ensuring product success. Here’s what you need to unleash your leadership potential.

1. Take The Course: Mastering Product Positioning


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This course offers a thought-provoking approach to communication called positioning. Positioning starts with a value that needs to be communicated, whether about a product, a service, a company, an idea, or even a person. But, positioning is notwhat you do to a product. Positioning is what you do to the mind of the prospect. So, how do we influence that, exactly?

It starts with developing a positioning statement that unites and aligns your marketing, sales, product development, and engineering teams. This statement clarifies the value you offer to a specific target market. And to successfully execute against this statement, you not only need to be a marketing master, you need to be savvy in organizational politics and teamwork.

By the end of this course, you’ll learn how to use this unique and powerful tool to:

  • achieve organizational alignment
  • build better products
  • drive faster market success, and
  • beat your competition.

2.  Read The Book: The Marketing High Ground: The essential playbook for B2B marketing practitioners everywhere


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The Marketing High Ground is about three things and how to do them well: building and evaluating personas, positioning statements, and messaging. Packed with practical and powerful advice, templates, and techniques this playbook is a valuable resource that guides marketers to dramatically improve their go-to-market programs and drive revenue.



3. Get The Download:  Positioning Statement Template

templatescreenshotPositioning statements come in all formats and lengths. This version is based on the positioning theory offered by Jack Trout and Al Ries in their book Positioning, The Battle for Your Mind.

The positioning statement template has all the appearances of being a simple fill-in-the-blanks formula, but don’t be deceived. It requires careful thought to develop a unique statement that is focused, relevant, meaningful, and differentiating.

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4. View Slides From The Webinar: Mastering Product Positioning slides

5. Listen To The Podcast: Mike discusses Tips and Tricks for Managing Internal Politics on the Global Product Management Talk

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6. The Author: Mike Gospe  Author of the “Marketing High Ground”

J. Michael Gospe, Jr. is a noted author, accomplished marketing strategist, and corporate leader who understands what it takes to market and sell to today’s business-to-business companies. With more than 28 years of experience, his expertise is in integrated marketing and voice-of-the-customer programs.

Mike is also the co-founder of KickStart Alliance, a marketing and sales leadership consulting team. Mike’s workshops, online courses, lectures, and services energize teams, helping them get “real work done,” while guiding them to the next level of marketing excellence.

Mike is the author of a number of books for business-to-business (B2B) marketers, including, Marketing Campaign Development, and The Marketing High Ground@mikegospe




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