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Wartime PMs, Peacetime PMs

Ben Horowitz's blog is a cornucopia of insight and pure wisdom. 

One post I've really liked is Peacetime CEO/Wartime CEO. It got me thinking about Product Managers in general, and how there is such a thing as a Peacetime PM and Wartime PM. 
Here are a couple of excerpts from Ben's post:
Peacetime CEO spends time defining the culture. Wartime CEO lets the war define the culture. Peacetime CEO always has a contingency plan. Wartime CEO knows that sometimes you gotta roll a hard six.Peacetime CEO knows what to do with a big advantage. Wartime CEO is paranoid.

Peacetime CEO thinks of the competition as other ships in a big ocean that may never engage. Wartime CEO thinks the competition is sneaking into her house and trying to kidnap her children. 
Peacetime CEO aims to expand the market. Wartime CEO aims to win the market. Peacetime CEO strives for broad based buy in. Wartime CEO neither indulges consensus-building nor tolerates disagreements. Peacetime CEO sets big, hairy audaciou…