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

Manage Smarter 87: Being an Honest Broker of Information

Jan Allen is an Executive Coach and Life Strategist, as well as co-managing partner of Business of People. She previously served in an executive role for two Ohio governors. In this episode, we 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.

Tricia Benn on the Manage Smarter podcast from SalesFuel

Manage Smarter 86: How Women Can Advance to the C‑Suite

This the the second part of a two part interview with Tricia Benn is the Executive Vice-President of the C‑Suite Network and General Manager of The Hero Club, an invitation-only membership organization for CEOs, founders, and investors. As Global Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and U.S. Managing Director within MDC Partners, a $3 billion global holding company, Benn’s leadership drove double digit growth year-over-year and new contracts with some of the most important impact players in the world. In this episode, we discuss: Managing negative responses to other C‑Suiters; Choice Sets – Use them!; Avoiding unconscious bias; Vulnerability and how it plays into moving up; and #1 Tip on what to focus on to succeed.

Tricia Benn on the Manage Smarter podcast from SalesFuel

Manage Smarter 85: Bridging the C‑Suite Gender Gap

The first of a two part interview with Tricia Benn is the Executive Vice-President of the C‑Suite Network and General Manager of The Hero Club, an invitation-only membership organization for CEOs, founders, and investors. As Global Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and U.S. Managing Director within MDC Partners, a $3 billion global holding company, Benn’s leadership drove double digit growth year-over-year and new contracts with some of the most important impact players in the world. In this episode, we discuss: Tips for C‑Suite women on how to compete; what executive women need to start doing and stop doing; The Hero Leadership Model; and playing on the same playing field to bridge the gender gap.

Tom Ray of Jim Doyle Associates on the Manage Smarter podcast from SalesFuel

Manage Smarter 84: Mergers & Acquisitions — Managing Through Major Change

Tom Ray is the Executive Vice President of Jim Doyle and Associates. He is also the author of Amazon best seller, Branding is OUT, Results are IN! Lessons for the LOCAL Advertiser and is an expert in local advertising and media media — an industry with a high amount of mergers and acquisitions. In this episode, we discuss: what you should do with your department and team in a merger or acquisition; how to get MORE out of your people amid the stress and chaos; how to use major change within your organization for leverage; and coping with and managing the major company culture change that follows

Joe Williams on the Manage Smarter podcast from SalesFuel

Manage Smarter 83: Mastering Your Message

Joe Williams is the Founder of Creative Performance Group, where he helps people get their message out to the world in the most powerful way possible. His new book The Impact Awakening: How to Go from Having a Calling to Changing Lives, focuses on how to master your message, communicate it powerfully, and scale it into an Impact Business. In this episode, we discuss: how to “up your game” of communication plus How to evaluate and change your communication style.

Theresa Rose on the Manage Smarter podcast from SalesFuel

Manage Smarter 82: Managing with Greater Mindfulness

Theresa Rose is a Mindful Performance Specialist, standup comedian, and award-winning author of Mindful Performance: How to Powerfully Impact Profitability, Productivity, and Purpose. In this episode, we discuss: Are you a “Spewer” or a “Doer”?; how to begin incorporating dozens of mindful techniques; why you can’t have emotional intelligence without being mindful; and tips on how being mindful can boost your personal life as well as professional.

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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 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.

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 creator of the TeamKeeper platform for building and leading high-performing teams.

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