Product management, like leadership, can’t run on extractive practices. You can’t demand constant innovation without nurturing your team and improving processes.
Imagine running a company like the British in India, pressing for constant productivity with no regard to the system’s state. Just as they demanded the same tax regardless of harvest yields, ineffective leaders expect results without considering team morale, resources, or the business environment. It’s not sustainable.
Don’t simply extract from your system – invest in it, respect it. Remember, you can’t keep squeezing a lemon and expect unlimited juice.