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Product Managers: Collaborating towards great relationships and results

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It seems intuitive that good collaboration requires collaborators to, as the popular adage goes, say what they mean and mean what they say. Unfortunately in a lot of collaborations this is exactly what doesn’t happen and these are what I call “bad collaborations.”
Think about the last time you had to deal with a complex topic at work that required collaboration (there are probably a lot of them). At any point during the collaboration did you feel like you could not say what was on your mind? Did you disagree with a direction or decision but kept it to yourself? Did you outwardly agree but internally disagree?
The likely answers are yes especially in the world of product management where collaboration is a critical part of the job. Here are a few examples of cases where bad collaboration may creep up. Determining a delivery dateDeciding on a user experienceAligning on a product strategyPrioritizing a backlog or roadmap While each example has a different audience and purpose there is on…