Manage Smarter is the podcast for today’s managers and emerging leaders. Each episode is a frank, fast-paced and sometimes humorous discussion of the challenges facing managers from the front lines to the C-Suite. 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.

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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.

Manage Smarter 56: Managing Calmer Under Pressure

Tina Greenbaum is a High-Performance Specialist, holistic psychotherapist, author, speaker and workshop leader. She is the creator of the program Mastery Under Pressure, an executive coaching program that teaches Olympic-level mindset skills for peak performance in high-stakes and high-stress environments. In this episode, we discuss: becoming a calmer manager to boost team performance; how to be aware of stress points in the moment without judgement; questions to ask about goal setting vs. stress levels; and dealing with fear and negative self-talk.

Manage Smarter 55: Workplace Humor Minefield – Do’s and Don’ts

Scott Dikkers is the founder of TheOnion.com, The AV Club and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "How To Write Funny." He's also been named to TIME magazine's Top 50 "Cyber Elites" alongside Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and George Lucas. In this episode, we discuss: how workplace humor can be a danger area; the 11 different kinds of jokes and literary devices; and the difference between creatives and non-creatives spheres in the workplace.

Manage Smarter 54: The Motivation Mindset for Sales

Gerhard Gschwandtner is founder and publisher of Selling Power magazine - the leading periodical for sales managers and sales VPs since 1981. He owns the Sales 3.0 conference, and has authored 17 sales management books and is the creator of the Peak Performance Mindset training program. IN episode 54, we discuss: how he got meetings with Malcom Forbes and Donald Trump; the #1 problem/mistake sales managers and leaders make; the top 2 things you need to be successful in sales and negotiations; and the 3 Levels of Sales Mindset you MUST have to reach your A-Game.

Manage Smarter 53: Happy Teams Require Happy Managers

hristina Unrein is Founder of Possibility Lab and she is a Clarity & Happiness Coach for Achievement-Driven Leaders, Business Owners & Teams creating personal and business solutions that focus on mindset, happiness, and resiliency. In this episode, we discuss: the definition of happiness, what warning signs mean an employee will never be happy in your organization, and specific steps to change your mindset to be more fulfilled at work.

Manage Smarter 52: Managing through Crisis and Turnarounds

For more than 25 years, the last 15 with his own firm Broadway Advisors, Tom Paccioretti has been a turnaround consultant and crisis manager helping financially troubled companies and their stakeholders. His more than fifty clients included Barneys New York, CalFruit Eagle, Trend Technologies, Z Gallerie and EZ Lube. In episode 52, we discuss: managing up and down in crisis and turnaround situations, managing cash conversion cycles during crisis/turnaround scenarios, making senior leadership walk the customer experience for turnaround discovery.

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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.

Manage Smarter 13 – Jeffrey Gitomer: Attitude is Everything!

Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of The New York Times best seller The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude - which has just been published a new edition with many new tips to help you find, build and keep a winning attitude. In episode 13, we discuss: why attitude is critical to management and leadership; countering negative attitudes and how to change your attitude by changing what you think about.

Manage Smarter 15 – Jeffrey Hayzlett: Secrets of the C-Suite

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV, and business podcast host of All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on C-Suite Radio. Hayzlett is the author of three best-selling business books: Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless, Running the Gauntlet and The Mirror Test. In episode 15, we discuss how the C-Suite thinks, how to talk to them and how to become one of them.

Manage Smarter 16 – Jennifer Gluckow: Tips for Young and First-time Managers

Jennifer Gluckow is an author and founder of Sales in a New York Minute as well as host of a YouTube Channel of the same name. In episode 16, Jennifer discusses how age plays a role in the workplace and uses her professional experience to share her advice for young managers and first-time managers.

Manage Smarter 19 – Tom Peters: The Excellence Dividend

Tom Peters is a best-selling author and world renowned expert on business management practices. Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence—the book that changed the way the world does business, and often tagged as the best business book ever. In episode 19, we discuss: Tom's new book - The Excellence Dividend, how to avoid being replaced by technology, the characteristics of a successful team and the critical need for soft skills mastery by managers at all levels.

Manage Smarter 24 – Heather Monahan: The Confidence Creator

Heather Monahan, one of our most popular guests from our first 20 episodes, is back to share more tips on building confidence from her new book Confidence Creator. Heather is the CEO of her own company Boss In Heels. She was recognized as a Glass Ceiling Award winner as one of the Most Influential Women in radio in 2017. Heather was recently named the Brand Ambassador for Perry Ellis International’s female brand Rafaella.  Previously, she was the Chief Revenue Officer for Beasley Communications.

Manage Smarter 28 – Christine Porath: Mastering Civility in Your Workplace

Dr. Christine Porath is an Associate Professor and Researcher at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and an expert in workplace incivility, its costs and remedies. She is author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace and co-author of The Cost of Bad Behavior. In episode 28, we discuss her research on the decline of civility, how it affects productivity and what managers can do about it.

Manage Smarter 32: Ditching Drama and Entitlement

Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. In episode 32, we discuss: Cy's definition of drama, and the effects on the workplace, acceptable ways to react to drama that has been created and how to hire low drama employees.

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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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