I recently read an African proverb that says: “If you want to go fast, travel alone, but if you want to go far, travel together.” This applies nicely to many jobs, roles and professions. I like how it applies to product management. We can do things ourselves and get them done quickly or we can work with others (individuals or teams) and make things happen right for the long-term.
The real assets of any organization are its people. Their intellect – along with personality, skills, knowledge, character, integrity and other things collectively referred to as “human life value” – create the true value in any organization. By working to build relationships we are, in fact, building our pool of assets. When we create experiences that make team members feel valued, they will care deeply about the products and services they are helping us to develop. We are doing the things that will help us to travel far.