Manage Smarter, podcast, sales management, sales managers, executive leadership, leadership, company culture, mindset, psychology, C. Lee Smith, Audrey Strong, SalesFuel
Manage Smarter is the bi-​weekly podcast
for sales managers, entrepreneurs 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  strategic and psychological aspects of improving 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.




Elizabeth Rosenberg, Personal Branding, Good Advice Company, sales management, executive presence, Manage Smarter, SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 226 — Elizabeth Rosenberg: Building a High-​​Impact Personal Brand

Elizabeth Rosenberg is a personal branding expert, strategic communications consultant, intuitive, and founder of The Good Advice Company. In this episode, we discuss: personal branding for managers; popularity vs. impact; how your credibility is affected in how you’re thought of by others and how to change that; how to change your personal brand and make sure it’s authentic; intuitive readings for executives to help shift personal brands.

Dana Pharant, Badass Leadership, dominatrix, The Inner Dominatrix, sales management, leadership, Manage Smarter, SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 225 — Dana Pharant: Become a Badass in Business

Dana Pharant grew up in a cult and in her journey to healing became a Dominatrix. She's the author of "Become a Badass in Business.” These days, she has changed gears to help leaders show up with true authenticity and confidence by standing in what she calls the Inner Dominatrix energy. In this episode, we discuss: the definition of Badass Leadership and how leaders can transition from submissive leadership to dominant leadership styles; Inner Dominatrix energy channeling for leaders; finding the courage to make bold decisions outside your leadership comfort zone; how her cult upbringing drove her to the business philosophy she has today showcasing empowered leadership; and tangible exercises to shift your mindset

Jody Grunden, Business Metrics, financial forecasting, virtual CFO, Manage Smarter, SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 224 — Jody Grunden: The Most Important Money Metrics

Jody Grunden is the author of Digital Dollars and Cents. He co-​founded Summit CPA Group (Summit) in 2002, a leading provider of Virtual CFO Services in North America. In this episode, we discuss: the Four Most Important Financial Metrics for Growing Your Business; Cash flow as it relates to profit; Jody’s recommendations on accurate financial forecasting; How to preserve the bottom line no matter what changes happen in real time; and How to grow the company financially while maintaining firm control and agility.

David Horsager, Trust Edge, Trust, Workplace Behavior, Manage Smarter, SalesFuel, SalesCred
Manage Smarter 223 — David Horsager: Fostering a High Trust Culture

David Horsager is the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, Trust Expert in Residence at High Point University and The Wall Street Journal best-​selling author of The Trust Edge, The Daily Edge, and Trusted Leader. In this episode, we discuss: the definition of a high trust environment; how to build trust among fellow leaders and stakeholders in complex organization; his Enterprise Trust Index; and how long does it typically take to establish trust?

Jon Morris, Ramsay Innovations, marketing agencies, advertising agency, financials, forecasting, budgeting
Manage Smarter 222 — Jon Morris: Why Your Agency Isn't Growing

Jon Morris is the founder & CEO of Ramsay Innovations and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to Ramsay, he established Rise Interactive in 2004, which became one of the largest independent agencies in the world. In this episode, we discuss: the current landscape of agencies in the U.S. and prediction for 2023 given a possible recession; the huge opportunities Jon sees for agency sales reps this year and methods to grab more market share; EBITA for agencies and recommended percentages to keep; and how to accurately forecast and budget for the year.

Ron Ross, instant payroll, gig economy, sales commission, employee retention, manage smarter, salesfuel
Manage Smarter 221 — Ron Ross: Pay Bonuses and Commissions Daily to Retain Talent

Ron Ross is President and COO of Everee, an instant payroll platform that eases the payroll process for both employers and employees. In this episode, we discuss: instant commissions and the new model for those payments; how and why remote working has boosted instant payroll trends; how a daily payroll is more attracted to talent and key to retention; and why the payroll industry still supports outdated pay cycles.



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 Office Drama and Entitlement
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).

Kevin F. Davis on the Manage Smarter podcast from SalesFuel
Manage Smarter 160 — Kevin F. Davis: How and Why Sales Managers Fail

Kevin F. Davis is the founder and president of TopLine Leadership. Over the past 25 years, more than 20,000 sales managers from many of the world’s most successful companies have attended his 2‑day workshop on sales management leadership. Kevin is the author of The Sales Manager’s Guide to Greatness: 10 essential strategies for leading your team to the top. He is also the architect of SalesFuel's Sales Manager Training program and a facilitator as well. In this episode, we discuss: the #1 reason sales managers fail; the simple, common mistake sales managers make when working with AEs that blocks productivity; how to have difficult conversations with your team; and sales and marketing alignment strategies.

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


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 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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