Manage Smarter 87 — Jan Allen: Being an Honest Broker of Information

Jan Allen of Business of People on the Manage Smarter podcast from SalesFuel

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Jan Allen is an Executive Coach and Life Strategist, as well as co-​managing partner of Business of People. Jan is hired by people restless for their next level of success and ready to tackle whatever is in the way. 

In addition to serving in an executive role for two Ohio governors, Jan launched and led successful public affairs and public relations businesses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in social work, and a juris doctor from the Moritz College of Law, all from The Ohio State University, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio’s three-​year post-​graduate training for therapists, and Coach U. 

In this episode, Audrey, Lee and Jan discuss:

  • The concept of an Honest Broker and it's value
  • Why YOU as a leader want to vet and make sure your critical staffers are Honest Brokers
  • How the concept is critical to being a better leader
  • Tips for building team relationships vs. discipline
  • How Jan learned the value of being an honest broker as staff within two Ohio Governor’s Offices 

"We’re human so we’re always going to tell stories from our own point of view but if we’re really going to deal sort of the most directly and honestly in the business and not try to manage information to get the outcome that we want then we need to be honest brokers"

- Jan Allen

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Audrey Strong

Audrey Strong

Vice President of Communications at SalesFuel
Audrey Strong heads all external and internal communications for SalesFuel, including public relations — which she has directed since 2014. Prior to SalesFuel, she founded her own public relations firm and served years as an award-​winning journalist in television news. Audrey earned her degree in broadcast journalism from Ohio University.
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