187 episodes

Host Mamie Kanfer Stewart shares practical approaches to help you be a great manager. Solo episodes are like mini-courses, providing actionable tips based on experience and research. Guest episodes are engaging conversations that elicit insights and suggestions for how to apply the ideas.

Episodes features topics like: effective meeting practices, communication skills, managing conflict, team building, time management, group dynamics, goal setting and accountability, team competencies, productivity and collaboration technologies, organizational culture, and more.

The Modern Manager Mamie Kanfer Stewart

    • Business
    • 3.9 • 7 Ratings

Host Mamie Kanfer Stewart shares practical approaches to help you be a great manager. Solo episodes are like mini-courses, providing actionable tips based on experience and research. Guest episodes are engaging conversations that elicit insights and suggestions for how to apply the ideas.

Episodes features topics like: effective meeting practices, communication skills, managing conflict, team building, time management, group dynamics, goal setting and accountability, team competencies, productivity and collaboration technologies, organizational culture, and more.

    180: Improving the Foundations of Management with Rachel Pacheco

    180: Improving the Foundations of Management with Rachel Pacheco

    For a first time manager, it can feel like a bait-and-switch: You were told you’re now a manager but what they should have said is you now have to lead meetings, give feedback, make hard decisions, manage conflict, set deadlines and hold people accountable, and about a million other things. Even for experienced managers, it can feel like we’ve never really developed all the skills needed to succeed at this part of our job. 
    Today’s guest is Rachel Pacheco. Rahel is the author of Bringing Up the Boss, a faculty member at the Wharton School in the Management Department and a Start-up advisor.
    Rachel and I talk about what management actually is and then we get into some of the most common areas that managers - both new and seasoned - struggle with like setting clear expectations, giving constructive feedback, and motivating team members, and what you can do to develop these skills.
    Members of the Modern Manager community get 35% off Rachel’s book Bringing Up The Boss. Get the discount code when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: Management Fundamentals Every Manager Should Excel In
     
    KEEP UP WITH RACHEL:

    Website: www.rachelpacheco.com
    Book: https://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Up-Boss-Practical-Managers/dp/1953295010

     
    Key Takeaways:

    Management is the broad term for dozens of activities managers are responsible for. These activities can be categorized as (1) managing individuals, (2) managing a team collectively, and (3) managing yourself.
    Managers who fear micromanaging end up not giving their team enough structure. 
    Keep goals simple and few so your team can prioritize. Don’t be too goal-focused that your team forgets other important tasks. 
    Give clear expectations for what “good” looks like. 
    Explain the impact of what you’re doing to increase motivation and big picture thinking. 
    Frequent feedback is one of a manager's most important jobs but we avoid it because it doesn't feel “nice”. Yet, withholding feedback harms our employees’ ability to get better, hurting their future success. 

    • 29 min
    179: Free Your Time For What Matters Most with Dorie Clark

    179: Free Your Time For What Matters Most with Dorie Clark

    It's easy to get caught up in the game of doing. There are so many opportunities in life. Saying no can be one of the most difficult things managers need to do to protect their time. We want to do it all, but at the end of the day, being so busy doesn’t make us happy or help us achieve our goals. Saying no forces you to figure out what's important, gives you more time to focus on the long term, makes you more deliberate with your decisions, and reminds you of what life is all about.
     
    Today’s guest is Dorie Clark. Dorie has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. She is a keynote speaker and teaches for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is also the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the year by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she writes frequently for the Harvard Business Review.
     
    Dorie and I talk about lessons from her new book, The Long Game, about how to become a long-term thinker in a short-term world! Which, hint, is all about how we prioritize and spend our precious time
     
    Members of the Modern Manager community get my Saying No cheat sheet to help you remember when to say no and how to say no in ways that still feel good. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: How To Stop Being So Busy
     
    KEEP UP WITH DORIE
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/dorieclarkLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doriec/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorieclarkauthor/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dorieclark/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DorieClarkThe Long Game Free Self-Assessment: https://dorieclark.com/longgame/
     
    Key Takeaways:

    There are many reasons we continue to be “too busy” even when we say we don’t like it, including that we feel important when we’re

    • 31 min
    178: What Are Executive Functioning Skills?

    178: What Are Executive Functioning Skills?

    Executive functioning is a common topic amongst parents and educators of teens, but rarely discussed in the workplace. Yet, it’s the set of capabilities that we use daily to regulate our emotions, thinking, and behavior which collectively allow us to deliver results. This skill set, like any other, needs to be understood by managers so that we can improve ourselves and support our colleagues.
     
    This is the first of two episodes on executive functioning skills. This episode is focused on what executive functioning skills are and how they show up in the workplace, as well as how you can assess yourself and your colleagues in each area. The second episode (#182) will be strategies to improve each area, so if you discover your own weakness or that a colleague struggles with a particular skill, you’ll have some ideas for how to help yourself or support that colleague.
     
    The full episode guide includes an overview of the eleven executive functioning skills, how they interact and natural groupings that compound, and questions for reflection to help you assess yourself and your colleagues. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community or purchase the full guide at www.themodernmanager.com/shop.  
     
    Get the free mini-guide at themodernnmanager.com/miniguides.
     
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    Read the related blog article: 11 Executive Functioning Skills Needed In The Workplace
     
    Key Takeaways:

    There are eleven executive functioning skills our brains use to process and decide on an action. 
    Motivation and context matter to our ability to perform these skills. We may have strengths or struggle under different conditions.
    Response inhibition is being able to thoughtfully control our response rather than reacting to stimuli. 
    Working memory holds onto relevant information for a short period of time.
    Emotional control navigates feelings in a healthy way. 
    Sustained attention is the capability of sticking to a task, especially when tiring, challenging or boring.
    Task initiation is the ability to jump in on a project without procrastinating. 
    Planning and prioritizing means creating

    • 16 min
    177: Measuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Your Team with Erica Lee

    177: Measuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Your Team with Erica Lee

    Organizations are prioritizing DEI, but what is guiding their decisions? It’s important to gather data that can inform strategies, programmatic investments, and help track progress. But what data is captured, as well as how that data is gathered, is critical.
    Today’s guest is Erica Lee. Erica is the co-founder and COO of Pluto, a startup advancing DEI through analytics and communication tools. Her background is in law, international development and policy.
    Erica and I talk about how to measure diversity, equity, and inclusion within your team or organization. We talk about the process of gathering data, protecting privacy, turning responses into insight and more. 
     
    Members of the Modern Manager community get a complimentary 30-minute consult with me to help you strategize rolling out a DEI survey. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
    Subscribe to my newsletter to get episodes, articles and free mini-guides delivered to your inbox. 
     
    Read the related blog article: What Most DEI Surveys Get Wrong—And How to do it Right
     
    KEEP UP WITH ERICA
    Website: https://pluto.life/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erica-lee-2013/
     
    Key Takeaways:

    We can approach DEI just like any other business goals: using data driven strategy and tracking progress.
    DEI surveys need to go deeper than HR data to help us understand diversity.. They should provide an opportunity for people to see themselves in the responses. 
    DEI surveys should address equity and inclusion such as a person’s sense of belonging, if they are getting the promotions and pay they desire, and more. 
    Pluto creates an evolving story from the survey responses rather than just a checklist. “Other” is never an option.
    The best surveys are ones where people can reflect and learn about themselves.
    When people don’t trust surveys, they disengage. They need to feel their information and privacy are protected. 
    Managers were surprised to learn from Pluto about their team’s mental health issues.
    If Pluto isn’t the right tool for your team, find pre-built DEI surveys that ensure privacy. Don’t use an excel spreadsheet where you

    • 32 min
    176: Make Your Team Disruption-Proof with Brant Cooper

    176: Make Your Team Disruption-Proof with Brant Cooper

    Between technology, globalization, and a pandemic, it’s no wonder that businesses are experiencing disruption faster than ever. Regardless of industry or location, teams and organizations need to develop the skills to navigate regularly changing environments and increasing ambiguity. 
    Today’s guest is Brant Cooper. Brant is the CEO of Moves the Needle and New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Entrepreneur and his new book Disruption Proof: Empower People. Create Value. Drive Change. Brant has a unique take on disrupting our current way of thinking in order to be closer to customers, move faster, and act bolder. With over two decades of expertise helping companies bring innovative products to market, he blends agile, design thinking, and lean methodologies to ignite entrepreneurial action within large organizations.
    Brant and I talk about the 5 E’s of becoming disruption proof and what you and your team can do to make better decisions and be prepared for whatever the future brings.
    Get a downloadable reference of the 5-E’s which you can print and display in your office to help you remember to embrace Empathy, Exploration, Evidence, Equilibrium and Ethics in your work. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.  
     
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    Read the related blog article: How To Prepare Your Team To Weather Any Storm
     
    KEEP UP WITH BRANT
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brantcooper/Twitter: @brantcooperWebsite: https://brantcooper.com/Book: https://brantcooper.com/disruption-proof/
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Disruption-proof teams learn to navigate the uncertainty and changes of business life. They are able to thrive within unstable conditions.
    You can’t execute through a crisis. It requires innovation and experimentation.
    The five E’s to disruption-proof teams are Empathy, Exploration, Evidence, Equilibrium, and Ethics.
    Teams need to listen to what their clients want. This is best done by observing real life, with the person interacting with the tool or experience rather than from surveys or interviews. People are terrible at predicti

    • 30 min
    175: A Manager’s Guide to Social Media with Bianca Lager

    175: A Manager’s Guide to Social Media with Bianca Lager

    The rise of social media has allowed employers and managers to gain access to their people’s private lives in ways never before possible. While it may seem like a gift to be able to instantly gain insight into who someone “really” is, the question every manager must answer is, “is it worth it?” 
     
    Today's guest is Bianca Lager. Bianca is a business manager, consultant and public speaker whose specialties include organizational development, career growth, and online reputation management. Bianca is also the President of Social Intelligence, a consumer reporting agency focused on online risk for human resources.
     
    Bianca and I talk about social media and work - what’s appropriate behavior and what’s not, social media and hiring, and more.
     
    Get a sample social media policy provided by Bianca when you join the Modern Manager community. Check out membership levels at www.themodernmanager.com/join - and get 20% off any level if you work for a government or nonprofit agency.
     
    Subscribe to my newsletter to get episodes, articles and free mini-guides delivered to your inbox. 
     
    Read the related blog article: Is It OK To Check My Employees’ Social Media? 
     
    KEEP UP WITH BIANCA:
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/biancacalhounlager/
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Checking on our team members’ social media accounts hampers our productivity and may result in a false narrative about the person. 
    Ethically and legally, checking can be a violation of the person’s protected class info.
    Checking for hate group affiliation is often too complicated, as these groups use benign names. Seeing political affiliations may not be constructive for building relationships. 
    Assess the level of threat of possibly problematic posts, acknowledge the narrative you created, and decide on a course of action with your HR partner.
    If an employee is using social media during the work day, don’t react in the moment. It may just be a quick break. Don’t over police people’s behavior. Address it later as part of your regular feedback process if the behavior becomes problematic. 
    Create a Social Media Policy. Outline expected behaviors, rules, legal standards, documentation procedures, and any punitive actions. 
    Give e

    • 33 min

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New to managing

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Great podcast

Lots of simple to apply ideas and easy listening, recommend for anyone who wants to get better at managing or better understand themselves.

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