Manage Smarter is the podcast for data-driven managers. Each episode is a frank, fast-paced and sometimes humorous discussion of the challenges facing today’s managers and leaders. We address the metrics, strategies and solutions needed to improve team performance, company culture and overall productivity. And we do it through entertaining interviews with innovative managers, startup leaders and executive coaches to help you become a better boss.


Manage Smarter 12 – Tony Alessandra: Using Data to Reduce Your Hiring Risks

Dr. Tony Alessandra is the author of the best selling book The NEW Art of Managing People and the Chief Visionary Officer of Assessments 24x7 LLC. In episode 12, we discuss how hiring mistakes impact a company in dollars, company morale, productivity, and customer satisfaction; the need for data to check the internal biases that all hiring decision makers have; and tips for making data-driven hiring decisions.

Manage Smarter 11 – Heather Monahan: Building Confidence, Resilience and Your Personal Brand

Heather Monahan is the CEO of her own company Boss In Heels and author of the new book Confidence Creator - which reveals the essential techniques for building confidence and becoming your most powerful self. She was recognized as a Glass Ceiling Award winner as one of the Most Influential Women in radio in 2017. In episode 11, we discuss the need for leaders to build their own personal brand, building confidence and resilience, and being female in the C-suite.

Manage Smarter 10 – Jordan Blakesley: How One Tweet Can Destroy Your Career or Business

Jordan Blakesley is a Principal Partner at B Public Relations, a Denver-based public relations firm. She has more than a decade of experience, specializing in PR in the travel/tourism, restaurant/food/wine and luxury real estate industries. In episode 10, we discuss a social media/public relations case study involving two slain Ohio police officers and a restaurant owner who tweeted carelessly about their killings and the resulting lessons for managers, leadership and business owners.

Manage Smarter 09 – Bernie Fischer: Achieving Greater Training Results Through Adaptive Learning

Bernie Fischer is an award-winning training professional teaching business intelligence and analytics, sales strategy and tactics, digital marketing and reputation management. She is also Affiliate Faculty at Regis University and an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Denver. In episode 09, we discuss what is adaptive learning, why is it a better approach to training and developing people, embedding bite-size micro-learning into your culture and how to become an adaptive manager.

Manage Smarter 08 – Michael Tracy: Why Sales Managers Must Teach Tactics

Michael Tracy is the co-author of the worldwide best-selling book "Unlimited Sales Success." As the Founder of Sales Journey, Michael has recruited, trained, managed and motivated many top sales forces to help them achieve millions in sales results. In episode 08, Michael discusses why selling for time is a critical step and why implementing it in teams is better leadership; flat vs hierarchical org structures - which is better for millennials?; and how his approach varies from that of his famous father, Brian Tracy.

Manage Smarter 07 – Shane Murphy: The Team-led Team Concept

Shane Murphy is a workforce optimization expert and an evangelist of an organizational strategy he calls "Team-led Team." Most recently, Shane used this concept to elevate an auto parts software team's performance to unprecedented levels. In episode 07, we discuss this merits of this concept, concerns some skeptics may have and how managers can get out of the weeds by loosening their grip. Shane is an ardent Liverpool supporter, so we also draw parallels between team management in the "beautiful game" and business.

Manage Smarter 06 – Merrick Rosenberg: Adapting to and Working with Complex Personalities

Merrick Rosenberg is the CEO of Take Flight Learning and author of the book "The Chameleon: Life-Changing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does." In episode 06, we discuss why the most successful managers are the most flexible and most adaptable - especially when it comes to communication, how managers tend to create an environment in which they thrive, rather than their team members, and a new way to train employees on DISC assessments that everyone will understand.

Manage Smarter 05 – Brian Tracy: The Most Important Qualities Managers Must Have for Success

Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and is the top selling author of more than 80 books on business and personal success. As a popular keynote speaker and seminar leader, he has addressed more than five million people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and 82 other countries worldwide. In episode 05, we discuss: the most important quality that a manager should have, the three most common mistakes leaders make, how to set better goals and the importance of the work culture.


Audrey Strong is a veteran public relations and communications expert. She is currently Director of Communications for SalesFuel. She previously ran her own PR firm for 10 years and was PR Director for The Ritz-Carlton in Denver. Prior to that, Audrey had a successful career as an award-winning anchor/reporter/producer in TV news, including Chicago and Denver.

C. Lee Smith has been leading and developing people for most of his adult life in sales departments, nonprofits and as President/CEO of SalesFuel. Lee is a nationally recognized consultant and speaker. He is the creator of the TeamKeeper platform for building and leading high-performing teams.


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