My interest in business, strategic overview, and the view of
a company as provider of products that meet customer needs has inspired me to
move from my current role to business positions. My short-term goal is to
become a product manager at IBM, my current company, or one of the other
leading technology companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft etc. Because today
product managers are the glue that bind the many functions that touch a product—engineering,
design, customer success, sales, marketing, operations, finance, legal, and
more. They not only own the decisions about what gets built but also influence
every aspect of how it gets built and launched. I believe this would be a great
learning experience for me.
Also, product managers wear many hats, using a broad
knowledge base to make trade-off decisions, and bring together cross-functional
teams, ensuring alignment between diverse functions. Product management is
emerging as the new training ground for future tech CEOs. Before becoming the
CEOs of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, and Marissa
Mayer were all product managers. And this is my long-term objective. To achieve
a senior managerial position in a large multinational corporation and be one of
those who establishes, or significantly advances, such a corporation.
To successfully transition to a product manager role, I need
to understand the fundamentals of management, gain strategic vision and acquire
higher managerial skills. And this is where the PGP will help me. And ISB’s
hands-on learning methodology (Experiential Learning Programme and Planning an
Entrepreneurial Venture) will provide a perfect platform to not only understand
the business principles but also implement them in the real-life situations.