My title at Marketo was Mayor, Awesome Town. I requested it on a lark, as a joke of sorts. They let me have it. Since then, I loved giving my cards to people.
I figured I should leave Awesome Town behind with my new gig at Engagio. Now my title is Head of Magic. I think of my department as the Magic Shop. It’s both PM and UX. It’s the effort to make our products magical and special.
Ideally, I would like to hire Magicians, Witches, Wizards, Warlocks, Leprechauns, and other magical creatures. They would pair up on teams of 2-3 people and create roadmaps with designs of product areas. I would like traditional product managers to learn design principles and designers to learn go-to-market activities. I don’t want PM to dominate the UX or Engineering teams. I want joint ownership and pride.
I’d also like to hire people who want a little fun in their jobs. A little pixie dust that makes the day more interesting. Brands come from personality, not from conservative status quo decisions.
The back of the card is cool too.
That’s Gio, our pet whale. He is a pygmy killer whale. Awesome right?