Kenneth Berger


Kenneth Berger coaches startup leaders to fend off burnout, build deep trust with their teams, and leave their unique mark on the world at large. As a trusted confidant to startup CEOs, an Accel and a16z-backed founder, and one of Slack’s earliest hires, he’s seen and felt all the needless pain startups can create. His mission is to help startup leaders minimize their suffering, maximize their impact, and find peace and balance in their lives.

How will coaching shape the future of product over the next 5-10 years?

If only we got to know in advance! Just as user-centered design helped us to build products humanely, I hope coaching helps us build organizations humanely too.

What are some of the most effective frameworks you've used when coaching leaders in your area?

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, Co-Active Coaching, ORSC

What's your best advice for product managers looking to increase their impact?

Let go of blame, of being right, of denying your feelings, of withholding your truth. Then ask for what you want! And listen closely to the answer.

Anything we should know about you as a thought leader in the area of product:

Most product leaders are already plenty ambitious professionally. But often they haven't fully articulated their personal ambitions! They've been yearning for peace and balance without ever quite saying it out loud.