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The Modern Manager is a podcast dedicated to helping you be a rockstar manager with a thriving team. Whether you’re seeking to boost your effectiveness as a manager and communicator, want to foster a healthy team culture where people flourish and exceed their goals, or learn the skills to make the most of every single meeting, this podcast is for you.

Each episode 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: Create and Lead Successful Teams Mamie Kanfer Stewart

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The Modern Manager is a podcast dedicated to helping you be a rockstar manager with a thriving team. Whether you’re seeking to boost your effectiveness as a manager and communicator, want to foster a healthy team culture where people flourish and exceed their goals, or learn the skills to make the most of every single meeting, this podcast is for you.

Each episode 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.

    162: Five Approaches to Dealing with Conflict

    162: Five Approaches to Dealing with Conflict

    Conflict exists wherever there are humans in relationship to one another. It’s a natural part of teamwork and therefore dealing with conflict is an essential aspect of any manager's role. When address well, conflict can be a source of strength for a team, leading to better ideas and stronger relationships. When address poorly, or not at all, conflict can undermine even the best of us.
    Today's episode is the first in a two part series about conflict. In this episode, I’ll walk through conflict styles and how they can be beneficial or not.  In episode 166, I’ll get into the difference between productive and unproductive conflict, how to deal with conflict in healthy ways, and tips for how to get your team to confront conflict head on.
    The full episode guide includes an overview of each conflict style and what they’re best used for as well as a sample agenda to guide your team through the conflict identification process. 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 www.themodernmanager.com/miniguides.
    Read the related blog article: The 5 Approaches To Dealing With Conflict At Work.
    Key Takeaways:

    The five conflict resolution approaches are accommodating, avoidance, competing, compromise, and collaboration. 
    Accommodate when the outcome is unimportant or when disagreeing is not worth the energy. 
    Accommodating develops trust and avoids insignificant conflicts but may build resentment. Never accommodate for large, important issues. 
    Avoidance can give people time and space to get into a better headspace before addressing the conflict. Sometimes conflicts will naturally resolve themselves. 
    Avoiding the conflict may make the problem worse, undermine your role as leader, and create a culture where conflict festers.
    Compromise is a lose-lose approach that tends to make both parties unhappy. 
    Compromise when you’re short on time and need to come up with a solution quickly. 
    In a competing approach, any compromises or alternatives are rejected..
    Competing is useful when you step in and make the call, but may make your team feel bulldozed and unheard.
    Collaboration is a win-win approach of  hearing everyone’s viewpoint and deciding on a sol

    • 12 min
    161: Unleash the Potential of English Language Learners with Katie Nielson

    161: Unleash the Potential of English Language Learners with Katie Nielson

    In the US, we often take English language skills as a given. But for the millions of immigrants, refugees and foreign language speakers, English can be a barrier to contributing their best and reaching their potential at work. As managers, we have the opportunity to support our language learning colleagues which in turn give us access to greater talent pools while simultaneously enabling people to thrive inside and outside of work. 
     
    Today’s guest is Katie Nielson. Katie is the founder and Chief Education Officer of Voxy EnGen, a public benefit company that leverages proprietary technology to deliver high-quality, needs-based English instruction to immigrants and refugees. Voxy EnGen rapidly gives language learners the tools they need to advocate for themselves and their families and improve their economic outcomes. Katie has dedicated her career to making language learning more accessible and effective using innovative technology and research-based best practices. She earned her PhD in SLA from the University of Maryland in 2013, and she holds ten patents on the technology she designed to deliver language learning at scale.
     
    Katie and I talk about the challenges and opportunities that often exist when working with colleagues who are still developing their English language skills, how to better engage and support these colleagues, and how to distinguish what English skills are truly needed so you can unleash the potential of each person regardless of their current level of English proficiency. 
     
    As a special guest bonus for five members, Katie has generously offered 30 minutes of personalized consulting on how to make their organization, product, or workplace more welcoming to speakers of other languages, whether those speakers are clients, employees, consultants, or the community at large. To be eligible, you must be a member. Learn more and join at www.themodernmanager.com/join.
     
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    Read the related blog article: How to Support English Language Learners In The Workplace
     
    KEEP UP WITH KATIE
    Website: www.voxyengen.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katienielson/
     
     
    Key Takeaways:

    To work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we need to include supporting immigrants and refugees in gaining the English language skills they need to thrive.
    In the US, we meet the needs of a mere 4% of adult English language learners. This means we’re leaving a lot of talent untapped.
    Language is often taught wrong. It needs to be relevant and experientia

    • 28 min
    160: Develop a People Strategy with Andrew Bartlow

    160: Develop a People Strategy with Andrew Bartlow

    You’re probably familiar with the terms business strategy or product strategy, but what about people strategy? Shouldn’t we be as thoughtful about how we approach expanding our teams as we are with how we grow organizations and develop new products?
    In this episode, I speak with Andrew Bartlow, founder, and managing partner at Series B Consulting. Andrew has 25 years of Human Resources and Talent Management experience at organizations across a wide spectrum of sizes, maturity stages, and industries. He is the co-author of “Scaling for Success: People Priorities for High Growth Organizations,” has a master’s degree from the top program in his field, and has been CECP, SPHR, Six Sigma, and executive coaching certified.
    Andrew and I talk about how to develop a people strategy - how to prioritize the most important work and focus your team structure and roles on doing that work so you’re investing in the right people doing the right activities at the right time in the organization’s life cycle. 
     
    As a guest bonus, members of the Modern Manager community can get a free 25-minute “coach-sulting” session with Andrew to get advice and recommendations on your people strategy, scaling, or culture development. To be eligible, you must be a member - join the Modern Manager community today.
     
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    Read the related blog article: Align Your People With Your Priorities.
     
    KEEP UP WITH ANDREW
    Website: https://www.peopleleaderaccelerator.com/
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/bartlow https://www.seriesbconsulting.com/ Book: Scaling for Success: People Priorities for High-Growth Organizations
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Your team needs to ruthlessly prioritize their top three goals that will make the biggest impact. You can move three things a mile or thirty things an inch. 
    Like a waterfall, your team’s actions, culture, and hiring processes should all flow from those top three goals. 
    To determine the highest priorities, use a  (1) bottom-up approach to decide as a team the top three things to move your organization forward or (2) a top-down approach where you decide the top three goals on your own and invite your team

    • 32 min
    159: Experience Managerial Greatness with Steph Richter

    159: Experience Managerial Greatness with Steph Richter

    I’m in the process of writing my second book on what it means to be a modern manager. The process of writing this book included interviewing dozens of people about their great manager in search of themes, practices and habits from the best managers. Instead of talking to the managers, I spoke with the direct reports to hear what their manager did that made them appreciate working for this person. 
     
    In this episode I share the recording of one of these book interviews. After speaking with Steph, I was so energized and wanted everyone I talked to to feel this way about their manager. Steph Richter loves helping others & creating an impact! Through her work as the Director of Operations, Culture Coach & Life Coach In-Training at The Perk, she is lucky enough to do those two things everyday. She is passionate about embracing a growth mindset & seeking discomfort, and enjoys big-picture, futuristic thinking, planning & always tying things back to ‘WHY’.
     
    Share your experience with a great manager at www.managerialgreatness.com
     
    Members of The Modern Manager get The Perk’s How To Assess Employee Emotional Wellness Guide which includes their Survey template & simple 4-step process to survey your employees, assess their emotional wellness, & get the information you need to make the best decisions & provide the right support for your employees. And, the first 10 members to request it will also get A free 60-minute lunch & learn for you & your team facilitated by one of The Perk’s coaches! To get the free guide and be eligible for the lunch & learn, join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: How To Form A Strong Relationship With Your Employee
     
    KEEP UP WITH STEPH
    Website: https://www.choosetheperk.com
    Steph’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steph-richter/
    Leah’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leah-roe/
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Have one-on-one meetings to learn about your employees beyond their to-do lists. Learn what they are excited about in their lives and look for ways to incorporate this into their work experience. 
    Celebrate not just the financial wins but the “small wins” with your staff, like finishing a job well. 

    • 33 min
    158: Discover Your Optimal Work

    158: Discover Your Optimal Work

    There is something magical that happens when you do work you love that also taps into your talents. In a perfect world, everyone would spend all of their work time doing these activities. In reality, we also have other responsibilities. This is where the optimal work zone come in.
    In this episode, I talk about how you and your team members can discover your optimal work - those things that you enjoy, tap your talents, and only you can do as part of your role. Because, when people spend the majority of their work time doing their optimal work, the productivity goes up, the positive atmosphere increases, and everyone just feels better.
    The full episode guide includes worksheets to help you identify your optimal work zone, tasks that can be delegated, and areas to invest in personal development, along with activities to support your team to optimize your collective work. 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 www.mamieks.com/miniguides.
    Subscribe to my newsletter to get episodes, articles and free mini-guides delivered to your inbox. 
     
    Read the related blog article: Prioritize Working in Your Zone of Genius.
     
    Key Takeaways:

    In the book The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks describes four zones (1) The zone of incompetence, (2) the zone of competence, (3) the zone of excellence, and (4) the zone of genius.
    Most people spend too much time in the zone of competence when these are activities that could be delegated.
    Working in your zone of excellence and genius are great for different reasons. Excellence is things we are acknowledge for and highly talented (but don’t always enjoy) whereas Genius are tasks we enjoy and excel at.
    Sometimes, a zone of genius does not align with your work responsibilities. It’s great to seek outside activities that put you into a state of flow.
    Your optimal work is the overlap between things you’re good at, things you enjoy, and tasks or responsibilities specific to you or your role.
    Delegate as much as you can that falls outside this venn diagram, especially tasks that are in your zone of competence and that are not unique to your role.
    Encourage your team members to identify their optimal work and look for opportunities to shift responsibilities so that people can spend more time doing work that aligns with their talent and inte

    • 11 min
    157: Positive Thinking + Positive Action with David R. Ibarra

    157: Positive Thinking + Positive Action with David R. Ibarra

    While it may seem obvious, we are in control of our thoughts. Yet too often we let our thoughts control us. By taking control of your thinking and focusing on holding a positive state of mind, you can radically transform your life and those of your team members. But to be clear, it’s not just a way of thinking. To truly embrace this positive state of mind and all the good it can unleash requires taking action and sticking with it.  
    Today’s guest is David R. Ibarra. David is a leadership consultant, speaker, and author of the new book, Stop Drifting: Become the Switch Master of Your Own Thought & Pivot to Positive. After spending most of his childhood in foster care, David started his first business at 28 years old, beginning an entrepreneurial career that spans the hospitality, automotive, and leadership consulting industries. He is the founder of eLeaderTech, IBG, David Ibarra Enterprises and the Think and Grow Rich Institute – Latin America. Taking what he’s learned and through the creation of his patented performance management system, David has implemented the Cycle of Success in his own life to creatively combine his business, community, and civic interests.
    David and I talk about what it takes to actually make changes in your life and how to get your team to change their habits in order to get what they want. These are lessons he’s captured in his book Stop Drifting. He shares how the brain works, why positive thinking isn’t just woo-woo, how to start to control your thoughts and how to talk with your team about all this. 
    Members can get one of ten copies of David’s book for free. To become a member go to www.themodernmanager.com/join
     
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    Read the related blog article: How To Use Positive Thinking To Transform Your Team
     
    KEEP UP WITH DAVID
    Website - https://stopdrifting.com/
    Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/DavidIbarraStopDrifting
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/david.r.ibarra/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/davidibarra
    Book (Goodreads) - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56280331-stop-drifting
    Book (Amazon) - https://www.amazon.com/Stop-Drifting-Become-Thought-Positive-ebook/dp/B08SP6KCKP/
     
    Key Takeaways:

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