Category: Productivity Tips for Managers

How To Fix Your Cross-Group Collaboration Disasters

Long ago, our ancestors developed two ways to survive when they encountered a threat. They could choose to stand their ground when an enemy attacked (fight) or they could run (flight.)

How To Get Real Results From Your Ideation Sessions

It’s become trendy in organizations for managers to gather team members for ideation sessions. Participants listen to a brief description of the issue. Then they pitch ideas on how to solve the problem or develop the product.

Manage Smarter 59: Overcommunication is Impossible!

Lee Caraher is the best-selling author of two books titled The Boomerang Principle–Inspire Lifetime Loyalty from Your Employees and Millennials & Management. She’s also the CEO of Double Forte, a national PR/Communications agency headquartered in San Francisco and New York. In this episode, we discuss: how your career can suffer from poor communication; managing to hold teams accountable for information they receive; and managing how you talk to millennial workers.

Manage Smarter 57: How to Eat Your Competitors Lunch

Anthony Iannarino is an international speaker, bestselling author, sales leader, and entrepreneur. He is the author of “Eat Their Lunch – Winning Customers Away From Your Competition,” “The Lost Art of Closing” and “The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need.” He blogs frequently on thesalesblog.com and hosts his own podcast called In the Arena. In this episode, we discuss: Managing so you can win new business away from competitors; The 4 Levels of Value Creation; and how discovery with team members can help them find new routes to closing sales.

Are You Making This Classic Management Mistake?

On every team, there are high performers. Then, you’ve got employees who always have an excuse, instead of a completed blog post or piece of code. If you’re like a lot of managers, you’re tempted to give your high performers more work.

Here’s How to Motivate Your Younger Employees

Are your youngest employees feeling unmotivated? The latest Deloitte Millennial Survey reveals that workers under age 35 want specific actions from the leaders who run their places of employment.

Opportunity Management: How Top Sales Managers Help Reps Reach Goals

Sales managers of top-performing groups already know this secret. Do you?

Manage Smarter 49: Startups, Smarts and Managing to Success

A self-proclaimed CEO and janitor, Drew Rhodes became the cofounder of Aletheia Digital with his two partners in April of 2017. Prior to joining Aletheia Digital, Drew worked at Sagamore Hill Broadcasting as its Regional Director where he successfully directed the station group including two start up television stations in Lake Charles, LA and Watertown, NY. In episode 49, we discuss: the differences between managing a startup vs an established, corporate entity; ways to get higher engagement among managers, your team within the startup environment; and managing for a ‘lean and mean’ work environment.

Have You Set A Goldilocks Point For Your Team?

You and your team members probably think that technology is helping you multitask and work more efficiently, but that’s not always the case. Have you ever wondered if there is a Goldilocks point – a perfect balance between being always connected and working alone?

Manage Smarter 46: Manipulate Your Employees to Build Business?

Brian Parsley is an entrepreneur, global speaker and business strategist. He teaches external business strategies, customer loyalty programs across all industry sectors including financial services, retail, technology, automotive and professional services. In this episode, we discuss: manipulating people with good intent, managing the weaknesses and focusing on the strengths, and how Fast & Flexible is a game changer in managing.

Has Your Sales Department Achieved Stage 4 Maturity?

Is there something uncontrollable about the sales function? Many top leaders think so.

Manage Smarter 41: Remote Employees – How Do You Know What’s REALLY Going On?

Dayne Shuda is the owner of Ghost Blog Writers and a remote employee expert. His company provides blog writers and currently has a network of 60 freelance writers in the United States and several also in Canada, UK and Australia. In episode 41, we discuss: how to test prospective employees to see if they’re equipped for remote work, methods to keep communication tone understandable and workflow cohesive, and red flags that a remote employee is tanking.

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