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Manage Smarter is the weekly show for sales 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, sales, marketing, customer experience, 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. Watch the latest episode above.

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Brett Putter on the Manage Smarter show from SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 171 — Brett Putter: Post-​​Pandemic Culture Change Checklist

Brett Putter is an expert in company culture development who is consulted by companies and leaders worldwide to help design, develop and build high-​performing cultures. In this episode, we discuss: a twist on how you maintain company culture in remote working; the 6 Ways to Embed Culture; Decision Culture Checklists; and culture definition as people vs. task.

Dr. Jean Latting on the Manage Smarter show from SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 170 — Dr. Jean Latting: Bridging The Workplace Racial Divide

ean Kantambu Latting, DrPH, LMSW-​IPR is President of Leading Consciously, LLC, and Professor Emerita at the Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW), University of Houston. In this episode, we discuss: the definition of the racial divide at work; how to open difficult conversations in the workplace; and best practices for initiating a diversity, equity and inclusion program in the workplace.

Clint Pulver on the Manage Smarter show from SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 169 — Clint Pulver: Boosting Employee Retention

Clint Pulver is an Emmy Award-​winning, motivational keynote speaker, author, drummer, and workforce expert. In this episode, we discuss: the number one driver of employee turnover (spoiler: it has everything to do with you!); Undercover Millennial―What that is and how Clint shares insights gleaned from more than ten thousand undercover interviews with employees across the country; what you can do to stop an exodus; the best methods currently for identifying talent; new tips on employee retention; and his career as a professional rock drummer.

Michele Ashby on on the Manage Smarter show from SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 168 — Michele Ashby: Female Leadership in the Boardroom

Michele Ashby is CEO & Founder of ACE LLC, Ashby Consulting Enterprises LLC. Her focus is on educating, supporting and teaching women how to attain corporate board positions. In this episode, we discuss: why there aren’t more women on corporate boards; what training and certifications she recommends for leaders who want to qualify to be on a board and what boards are looking for; her advice to female leaders on the environment in the board room; and her advice on bitcoin as she is an expert in mining and commodities.

Ed Eichhorn on the Manage Smarter show from SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 167 — Ed Eichhorn: The Future of Health Care and Navigating Benefits Discussions

Ed Eichhorn is founder of Medilink Consulting and author of "Healing American Healthcare, A Plan To Provide Quality Care For All While Saving $1 Trillion A Year." In this episode, we discuss:The future of selling medical, pharmaceuticals and health care solutions; how businesses can reduce healthcare benefits costs; tips on how to pick an insurance broker and what questions to ask; how to manage large territories in complex organizations; and navigating employee discussions about health benefits.

Luis Gonzales on the Manage Smarter Show from SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 166 — Luis Gonzáles: Cross-​​Cultural Management

Luis Gonzáles is a Master Facilitator for Fierce Inc. He is a communications consultant, coach, and trainer, with more than 25 years’ experience in helping improve business outcomes for organizations. In this episode, we discuss: the top issues with intercultural communication; how to manage multicultural teams; common communication misunderstandings among international professionals; and how to have difficult conversations.

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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 — 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 50 — Michael Houlihan: 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).

ABOUT THE HOSTS

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 also the international bestselling author of two books: SalesCred and Hire Smarter, Sell More!

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