Timo Hilhorst is a Head of Product at SEEK.
Originally from The Netherlands, he worked in various Product roles, founded a corporate startup and ran an innovation lab in London before moving to Australia to join SEEK in 2018.
Timo is a product nerd and loves reading about all things tech, business and leadership. He's passionate about developing customer focused Product Managers and setting teams up for success by finding the right balance between autonomy, goals and constraints.
One of the biggest challenges product leaders in any modern organisation face is creating "empowered" teams. It means asking the right questions without pre-supposing the answer, painting a picture without leaving teams with nothing more to do than paint-by-numbers. It means finding the right balance between top-down guidance and bottom-up creativity.
Timo Hilhorst, Head of Product at SEEK, is still very much on this journey but offers up his perspective as well as some examples of when he's seen this work well (and not very well at all).
Managing a successful product requires a lot of time and energy and a lot of things need to go right with a clear vision of where to take your product. How do you create an effective product vision that inspires the development team and the stakeholders?
How do you create a vision that guides everyone involved in making the product a success? How does your vision provide motivation and facilitates effective collaboration