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How Do Product Leaders and Startup Founders Keep Stress Under Control? - Product Science Journal - Issue #19

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Lately, I've gotten a lot of questions from early-stage founders and first-time product leaders aroun
 

Product Science Journal

August 17 · Issue #19 · View online
Insights for product leaders on applying design thinking, data science, lean startup, and agile principles to develop great product teams and product growth strategies.

Lately, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from early-stage founders and first-time product leaders around how to keep stress levels down. Whether you’re leading an early-stage product or balancing a team of stakeholders, it can seem like you’re dealing with an endless stream of expectations.
I wish I had a silver bullet for this, but I don’t. In the early years of my career I often worked hard and long, but as I got older I got better at advocating for myself and the balance I need to perform at my best. I’ve been setting and keeping boundaries in tech workplaces and startups for years now, and the truth is, there’s no easy answer. You have to know how you function best and take care of yourself. No one but you can set your boundaries and prioritize your health.
Being a part of a team and sharing responsibilities is the best solution I’ve found. And if you are a leader, remember the team takes their cues from you. But if you do, they will see it’s ok too, and in the long run, this is the only way to sustain growth.

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My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed.
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