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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 123: Economic Data Reveals COVID-19 Opportunities

Dr. John Johnson is a PhD economist and the CEO of Edgeworth Analytics, a DC-based data consulting firm that empowers professionals to unlock data’s potential. In this episode, we discuss: Economic data on time and possible date on when the economy may start to recover and thoughts on the rehiring process for unemployed COVID-19 workers; Economic analysis on your business, demand for what you sell, remote working and extra costs potentially of reopening; Risk of infections of workers vs. running a remote business data points; Customer base analysis; and Process for you to dig deep into data for your department and business to help make business decisions in the pandemic.

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Manage Smarter 122: Fixing Coronavirus Tech Deficiencies

Sam Schutte is the CEO of Unstoppable Software, Inc. The company's software development services as a development partner, and is the host of the podcast at unstoppabletalk​.com — which covers the "intersection of business and technology innovation". In this episode, we discuss: Tech vulnerabilities caused by COVID-19; Technology that companies should be investing in now; and The Virtual Tip Jar he created to raise donations for those who’ve lost their jobs

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Manage Smarter 121: Coronavirus — Eliminating Struggling Competitors

Cliff Farrah is President and CEO The Beacon Group, Farrah has spent more than 25 years advising clients on organic and inorganic growth strategies and tactics in Healthcare, Technology, Industrial, Energy and Defense marketplaces. In this episode, we discuss: How the pandemic accelerates your comp set; How to choose which competitor to overtake; Near and long-term market disruption considerations; How to identify who in your market is still spending money; and How amid to right-size your organization.

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Manage Smarter 120: Coronavirus, Layoffs and Older Workers

Patti Temple Rocks is the author of the book called "I'm Not Done: It's Time to Talk About Ageism in the Workplace." She is also a senior partner at a marketing agency in Chicago. In this episode, we discuss: Why mature workers are the last ones you should consider cutting; Conversations to have with older workers in choosing furloughs, layoffs and payroll reductions; Signs a company doesn’t value older workers; and How late career workers can increase their value amid COVID-19.

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Manage Smarter 119: Coronavirus — Don’t return to normal. Return to BETTER.

David Veech, author of Leadersights: Creating Great Leaders Who Create Great Workplaces, teaches leaders how to Love, Learn, and Let Go. In this episode, we discuss: Tips on how to make your business and leadership better coming out of COVID-19; Recommendations on process changes; and Basic elements of a plan to emerge out of COVID-19 lockdown.

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Manage Smarter 118: Coronavirus — Course Correction During Chaos

Jeff Piersall is known as The Chaos Coach. A former high school and college basketball coach, Jeff is an entrepreneur than has recently exited his business and now specializes in M&A activity for small cap businesses. He is also the author of Dogs Don't Bark at Parked Cars. In this episode, we discuss: How to Course Correct in a Crisis; Knee jerk reactions vs. course corrections; Money and opportunities to pursue amid the pandemic; and How businesses can be more agile and pivot during the crisis.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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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Manage Smarter 50: The Money Map Every Manager Should Show Employees

Michael Houlihan is the co-founder of Barefoot Wine, now, the world’s largest wine brand. He, along with Bonnie Harvey, are consultants, international keynote speakers and New York Times Bestselling authors. In episode 50, we discuss: the definition of The Money Map and why every manager should show this to their employees; how to get employees to understand where their salaries come from; how to identify and hire a “hustle” mentality; and the unique concept of a Two-Division Company (Sales and Sales Support).

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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 author of the new book Hire Smarter, Sell More!

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