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 38 – Deb Westphal: Human-Centric Leadership for the Future
Deb Westphal is CEO of Toffler Associates, a dynamic and future-focused strategic consulting and advisory firm that helps organizations build resilience and sustain growth in a complex global landscape. She’s a Futurist and Executive Advisor. In episode 38, we discuss: How a culture that puts people first can counter the future wave of artificial intelligence, the five shifts managers need to know that control how people work together, and how to hire managers who are early tech adopters and can work well with machines.
Manage Smarter 37 – Kathy Gruver: Shifting Your High-Stress Mindset
Kathy Gruver, PhD is the twelve-time award-winning author of seven books including, Conquer Your Stress, Workplace Wellness, Conquer your Stress at Work, andJourney of Healing. She’s also created stress reduction programs for the U.S. military. In this episode, we discuss: how to change your mindset regarding stress and reframe stressors; practical exercises you can use at work to reduce stress; and how “Centering Time” can get your entire team present and engaged in meetings.
Manage Smarter 36 – Don Sheppard: Managing with Ethics and Integrity
Donald Lee Sheppard is a highly sought-after speaker and the author of “The Dividends of Decency" and Principal at SHEPPARD. He coaches corporate leaders and students on the importance of values-based leadership, employing “Win-Win-Win” models of business and is an expert in ethics and integrity. In episode 36, we discuss: the definition of “Leadership Malpractice” with examples drawn from recent developments in college athletics, how to breathe life into your existing “Code of Ethics” for daily execution and how to recognize good ethics and integrity in job candidates.
Manage Smarter 35 – Aileen Gibb: How to Lead by Asking Great Questions
Aileen Gibb is a professional leadership coach and the author of “Asking Great Questions: An Essential Companion for Every Leader.” In episode 35, we discuss: how to ask great questions, opening up to other people with your questions, the culture around needing to be right, how to help others open up to you and draw them out.
Manage Smarter 34 – Samuel Bacharach: Tips for Moving Your Agenda
Samuel Bacharach is a professor at Cornell University and co-founder of the Bacharach Leadership Group, which focuses on training and coaching leaders in the core skills of pragmatic leadership. He is author of more than 25 books including “Transforming The Clunky Organization” and “The Agenda Mover.” In episode 34, we discuss: creating alliances and identifying counter alliances; tips for moving your agenda forward and getting buy in for new initiatives.
Manage Smarter 33 – Sharon Smith: Cybersecurity Basics for Managers
Sharon Smith has an extensive background in cybersecurity, She is passionate about helping organizations improve their security posture through hiring and retaining top security talent along with helping security executives lead strong teams and create a culture of security in their organizations. In episode 33, we discuss: ways some managers fall short and the damage it could cause, how to build a company culture oriented around cybersecurity and preventative measures to secure mail and data systems.
Manage Smarter 32 – Cy Wakeman: 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.
Manage Smarter 31 – Jennifer Crittenden: Working Well with the Opposite Sex
Jennifer Crittenden is the author of The Discreet Guide for Executive Women as well as What’s A Guy To Do? How To Work with Women and several other titles. Through her company, The Discreet Guide, she offers professional development training programs and workshops in “Exceptional Presence” and interpersonal/communication skills. Crittenden is considered a
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.
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.