May 11 / Petra Färm

Mental health and Product Management w/Sreemati Lalgudi

Prevention is better than a cure!A good old saying that we throw out the window when it relates to our mental health.As product people, we are the generalist amongst specialists. Hence, this results in unique demands on our mental health. With awareness, simple actions every day, and continuous recovery, we can continue to thrive as a product of people without impacting our wellbeing. On May 10th Petra was joined by Sreemati Lalgudi to talk about mental health and Product Management. Below you will find the reflections from Petra, the recording from the show and Sreemati's presentation.

Let’s talk Formula 1.

When it comes to formula 1, I’m especially fascinated by the engineering, and the engineering teams. Actually, I have this secret dream that one day I’ll work in a formula 1 team, maybe as the oil expert or some of the other highly specialized roles. I will probably need to start learning right away since as a product person, I’m more of a generalist than specialist...

Anyhow, Formula 1 have a long program with 22 races per season and they keep evolving the car during the season, they also develop next year’s car and optimize for each track. Talk about sustainable high-performing. How do they do it?
To find out you can read this book “The Core” by Dr Aki Hintsa or browse to Hintsa performance, the company Aki founded that is now run by his daughter. This Finnish company has created a framework for sustainable high performing based on well-being. Or has they put it:
“Success is a by-product of well-being”
They have a great tool/method for assessing your well-being and start making small changes to become better and better.
These six parts are pretty straight-forward: Nutrition, sleep, training, etc…

But the key and the hardest part is in the middle – The CORE. Your motivational backbone.

Moa Gürbüzer spent decades working with children and alcoholics. She is now 57 and is running an award-winning company, Oddbird, that produces premium non-alcoholic wines. She wants to see a change and has a strong belief and motivational backbone. Her secret? She is darn proud of all her products. And as a product person, you should do exactly that, create products you are proud of. 

But of course I wanted a second opinion on that statement. So I asked wonderful and marvellous Sree Lalgudi Nivstrand to join the Productbeats Show. Sreemati just founded her own company “Odla Mer” for gardening enthusiasts.

Is there is a correlation between well-being, sustainable high-performance and products to be proud of? Well of course there is. So let's in today's session focus on strengthening our well being!