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.

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Manage Smarter 26 – Mark Minard: Big Life+Career Turnarounds

Mark Minard is an author, podcast host and founder/CEO of Dreamshine, an agency in Ohio serving individuals with special needs. From jail at age 17, to CEO at age 26,  Minard, has built his company to a multi-million dollar company over the past 11 years. He is also the host of the podcast Elevating Business. Episode 26 is an uplifting discussion of: the importance of knowing that everyone goes through fear and doubt, and it can be overcome; the importance of belief and culture in your company; and that people can be leaders from any position in the company.

Manage Smarter 25 – Mary Gardner: Coaching Big Egos

Mary Gardner is The Charisma Coach. She's also the founder of the Inspirational Speakers Academy and turns idiosyncrasies into assets for her speaking clients. In episode 25, we discuss what makes a good coach, how to coach people with big egos and using emotion to break though.

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 23 – Jeffrey Gitomer: New Economy Opportunities You Might Be Overlooking

Episode 23 features our first-ever repeat guest! As a world-renowned expert and consultant on professional development, Jeffrey Gitomer's client list includes: Coca-Cola, Caterpillar, BMW, Verizon, Hilton, IBM, and hundreds of others. In this episode, we discuss the current U.S. economy and how to make the most of it, how to prepare now for when the economy is not strong and Jeffrey's recommendations for protecting and increasing your profit.

Manage Smarter 22 – Jon Zellner: Managing in Large Organizations

Jon Zellner is Executive Vice President of Programming Operations for iHeartMedia, overseeing national programming, sales integration, operations, and communication to 860 radio stations in 158 markets serving 271 million monthly listeners. Before joining iHeartMedia, Jon was SVP of Programming for Sirius XM overseeing 100+ channels. In episode 22, we discuss managing in large corporate environments, managing remote employees and the constant need for reinvention.

Manage Smarter 21 – Doug Ulman: Tips for Managing Volunteers

Doug Ulman is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Pelotonia, which began in 2008 as a bike ride in Columbus, Ohio to raise funds for innovative cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. In just 9 years, the nonprofit has raised $157 million with 100% of donations going to cancer research. In this episode, we discuss the unique challenges/opportunities in managing volunteers, the obligation of empowerment and addressing failure with volunteers and contributors.

Manage Smarter 20 – Steve Sisler: Tips for the Conflict Averse Manager

As a behavioral mastermind and personality expert in both behavior and values analysis, Steve Sisler is the lead Behavioral Analyst at The Behavioral Resource Group. He is the also the author of four popular books, including his latest “There’s More to Management Than a Big Desk.” In episode 20, we discuss overcoming fear to tackle conflict head on, how certain personalities are better suited for certain positions, and putting yourself in positions where your personality works in your favor.

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.

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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 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 17 – Michael Stallard: Culture as a Competitive Advantage

Michael Stallard is cofounder and president of the Connection Culture Group, a leadership training and consulting firm that has advised NASA, Costco and other well known American companies. Michael is the primary author of the book Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work. Texas Christian University founded the TCU Center for Connection Culture based on Michael and his colleagues’ work. In episode 17, we discuss the definitions of culture, how managers can improve it (or damage it) and the ROI from a positive culture in the workplace.

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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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