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If you’re in you're a new manager and want to become a confident and competent leader people love to work with, then join leadership expert Ramona Shaw in this podcast. Each week, Ramona shares inspiring new perspectives and practical tips you can use right away to successfully transition into your first leadership role and to think, act, and communicate like the leader you know you can be.

The Manager Track Ramona Shaw

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If you’re in you're a new manager and want to become a confident and competent leader people love to work with, then join leadership expert Ramona Shaw in this podcast. Each week, Ramona shares inspiring new perspectives and practical tips you can use right away to successfully transition into your first leadership role and to think, act, and communicate like the leader you know you can be.

    Emotions at Work

    Emotions at Work

    Do you hide or guard your emotions at work? Or do you worry about coming across as "too emotional"?



    Yes, you might want to bring your whole self to work but you also don't want to lose credibility by being too emotionally involved or by losing your poise.



    In this episode of The Manager Track podcast, I am going to share how you can manage your emotions effectively while being intentional and aware of your impact on others. You will learn where our emotions come from, how to navigate them, what to pay attention to, and the four steps you can take when you notice your emotions at work.



    — RESOURCES MENTIONED —


    Responses to Ramona's LinkedIn Poll: "At work, it feels best to me to show…":

    14% - None of my emotions
    75% - Some select emotions
    11% - Most of my emotions


    Schedule a free strategy call with Ramona to discuss how she can help you 1:1 with managing your emotions and growing as a leader.
    Learn how to turn your 1-on-1 meetings from time wasters, awkward moments, status updates, or non-existent into your most important and valuable meeting with your directs all week. Access the course and resources here: ramonashaw.com/11
    Have a question or topic you'd like Ramona to address on a future episode? Fill out this form to submit it for her review: https://www.ramonashaw.com/ama



    — OTHER EPISODES YOU MIGHT LIKE —


    Episode 125: Navigating Conflict at Work – with Sarah Albo
    Episode 77: Curiosity - Your Doorway to Positive Relationships and Collaborative Leadership
    Episode 63: Three Tips to Influence Other People’s Decisions



    — WHAT’S NEXT? —

    Grab your copy of Ramona's best-selling new book 'The Confident & Competent New Manager: How to Rapidly Rise to Success in Your First Leadership Role': amzn.to/3TuOdcP



    If this episode inspired you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening on your device and post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @ramona.shaw.leadership or DM me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/ramona-shaw



    Are you in your first manager role and don't want to mess it up? Watch our FREE Masterclass and discover the 4 shifts to become a leader people love to work for: ramonashaw.com/masterclass



    Don't forget to invest time each week to increase your self-awareness, celebrate your wins, and learn from your mistakes. Your career grows only to the extent that you grow. Grab your Career Journal with leadership exercises and weekly reflections here: ramonashaw.com/shop



    Love the podcast and haven’t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to ramonashaw.com/itunes and give your honest review. Thanks for your support of this show!





    — CHAPTERS —

    00:00 Preview

    01:37 How you manage your emotions affects your leadership

    06:11 LinkedIn Poll: How much of your emotions feel best to show at work?

    13:38 Four things to do when you notice your emotions

    14:05 #1 - Label It

    14:44 #2 - Challenge It

    15:43 #3 - Be Curious

    17:25 #4 - Be Mindful

    18:50 Recap



    * Disclaimer: Shownotes may contain affiliate links. That means that I am awarded a small commission for purchases made through them, at no added cost to you.

    Prepare for The Worst

    Prepare for The Worst

    Preparing for the worst isn't about having a pessimistic outlook. It's about being realistic and prepared so that you can make smart choices if stuff hits the fan.



    When we think ahead, evaluate risks, and prepare for the worst we demonstrate the skill of being a proactive leader (vs. a reactive leader). And as a result, we are way better prepared, aware, and able to navigate challenges than when we're being caught off guard.



    In this episode of The Manager Track Podcast, I am going to share an exercise called The Pre-Mortem which is inspired by Stoicism.



    I have done a couple of episodes on this podcast about the intersection of Stoicism and Leadership, and will likely talk about the topic a little bit more over the next few months, especially as I am in the process of writing a book about Stoic Leadership as we speak :-)



    You will walk away from this episode with the knowledge of how to make a solid plan for 2023 by conducting the Pre-Mortem exercises.



    — RESOURCES MENTIONED —


    Learn how to turn your 1-on-1 meetings from time wasters, awkward moments, status updates, or non-existent into your most important and valuable meeting with your directs all week. Access the course and resources here: ramonashaw.com/11
    Have a question or topic you'd like Ramona to address on a future episode? Fill out this form to submit it for her review: https://ramonashaw.surveysparrow.com/s/Ask-Me-Anything/tt-m676YaFCJfZMdeeYKwkBjg



    — OTHER EPISODES YOU MIGHT LIKE —


    Episode 85: How Stoicism Can Inspire Mindful Leadership - With CIO Michael McGill
    Episode 62: 4 Stoic Principles That Will Make You a Better Leader
    Episode 36: Become a Strategic Thinker



    — WHAT’S NEXT? —

    Grab your copy of Ramona's best-selling new book 'The Confident & Competent New Manager: How to Rapidly Rise to Success in Your First Leadership Role': amzn.to/3TuOdcP





    If this episode inspired you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening on your device and post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @ramona.shaw.leadership or DM me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/ramona-shaw



    Are you in your first manager role and don't want to mess it up? Watch our FREE Masterclass and discover the 4 shifts to become a leader people love to work for: ramonashaw.com/masterclass



    Don't forget to invest time each week to increase your self-awareness, celebrate your wins, and learn from your mistakes. Your career grows only to the extent that you grow. Grab your Career Journal with leadership exercises and weekly reflections here: ramonashaw.com/shop



    Love the podcast and haven’t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to ramonashaw.com/itunes and give your honest review. Thanks for your support of this show!



    — CHAPTERS —

    00:00 Preview

    01:19 Stoicism & Pre-Mortem Exercises

    07:25 How to make a solid plan for 2023

    11:57 Ask the question, "what if..."

    16:10 Preform this internal exercise with your team

    18:03 Make reviewing these plans a routine

    18:50 Recap



    * Disclaimer: Shownotes may contain affiliate links. That means that I am awarded a small commission for purchases made through them, at no added cost to you.

    ChatGPT and 8 Ways it Can Help You at Work

    ChatGPT and 8 Ways it Can Help You at Work

    Chances are high that you've heard the buzz about ChatGPT. The discussions about this newly released AI tool has spread like wildfire on social media and beyond. So for this episode of The Manager Track podcast, I decided to share 8 common tasks that you could begin streamlining in the new year using ChatGPT (or other AI tools for that matter).



    Yes, some of these tasks might have taken me an hour to complete on my own but can now be done in 15 minutes or less.



    ChatGPT was released in late November 2022 by the startup OpenAI. The chatbot uses machine learning to come up with unique responses to the questions that you ask it. You interact with it in a conversational way, which makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer follow-up questions and provide specific answers to very targeted questions or prompts you pose.



    But in my humble opinion, this is just the beginning of the exponential increase in businesses leveraging AI to perform tasks currently done by or heavily supported by humans. As such, I am really interested in seeing how AI will evolve and influence the workplace in the coming years. I'd love to hear from you about tasks you are streamlining with ChatGPT or if you have come across any other resources I should know about. Email me at contact@ramonashaw.com.



    — RESOURCES MENTIONED —


    Got any leadership-related questions for me? Let me know what's top of mind for you and what topics you want to learn about by filling out our short podcast AMA form here.
    Take the next step in your leadership journey by signing up for my Leadership Accelerator for new manager or  Leadership Advisory Program for mid-level leaders.
    Set yourself up for success in 2023! Grab the Career Journal with leadership exercises and weekly reflections here: ramonashaw.com/product/a-career-journal
    Learn how to turn your 1-on-1 meetings from time wasters, awkward moments, status updates, or non-existent into your most important and valuable meeting with your directs all week. Access the course and resources here: ramonashaw.com/11



    — OTHER EPISODES YOU MIGHT LIKE —


    Episode 111: The Risks Of Delaying Your Leadership Training
    Episode 64: Being Productive Means Something Different Now
    Episode 51: Leaders Commit To Yourself



    — WHAT’S NEXT? —

    Grab your copy of Ramona's best-selling new book 'The Confident & Competent New Manager: How to Rapidly Rise to Success in Your First Leadership Role': amzn.to/3TuOdcP



    If this episode inspired you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening on your device and post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @ramona.shaw.leadership or DM me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/ramona-shaw



    Are you in your first manager role and don't want to mess it up? Watch our FREE Masterclass and discover the 4 shifts to become a leader people love to work for --> ramonashaw.com/masterclass



    Don't forget to invest time each week to increase your self-awareness, celebrate your wins, and learn from your mistakes. Your career grows only to the extent that you grow. Grab your Career Journal with leadership exercises and weekly reflections here: ramonashaw.com/shop



    Love the podcast and haven’t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to ramonashaw.com/itunes and give your honest review. Thanks for your support of this show!



    * Disclaimer: Shownotes may contain affiliate links. That means that I am awarded a small commission for purchases made through them, at no added cost for you.



    — CHAPTERS —

    00:00 Preview

    01:06 New Year Self Reflection

    02:06 Podcast Update: Format, Survey, Resources

    06:16 What is ChatGPT?

    11:04 How shouldn't I use it?

    14:07 #1 Job Descriptions

    15:20 #2 Formal Emails

    15:56 #3 Automated Email Sequences

    16:37 #4 Presentation Headlines

    17:23 #5 Shorten Text

    17:57 #6 Performance Review Structures

    18:54 #7 Meeting Agendas

    19:22 #8 Topic Research

    20:49 Recap



    * Disclaimer: Shownotes may contain affiliate links. That means that I am awarded a smal

    How Managers Should Navigate Remote Work & IT Security - With Denis O'Shea

    How Managers Should Navigate Remote Work & IT Security - With Denis O'Shea

    This episode is a bit different than what you might be used to hearing. It's a conversation about how secure your team's passwords are and the risks associated with the sensitive employee and client information that used to live at the office, but has now become accessible from your employees' homes.



    When the pandemic hit, most of us tried to figure out how to be able to work from home within a matter of days. Having the tech set up and being able to access work files and tools was way more important than data security... unless, of course, security is your jam ;-)



    Well, that whole situation resulted in a 500% increase in cybercrime!



    Since risk awareness and prevention is a key responsibility of a manager, I'm confident that you'll find this conversation with Denis O'Shea, the founder of Mobile Mentor, insightful.



    Denis' company has just published the results of a study to understand the hybrid workforce, specifically remote workers coming out of the pandemic. Some of the findings were very surprising, and he shares them in this episode of The Manager Track podcast!



    You'll learn some practical tips to help you avoid (or at least be prepared for) the nightmare of a cyber attack or data breach.



    If you found this episode insightful, please do share it with the leadership in your organization's tech/ security department.





    — RESOURCES MENTIONED —


    Connect with Denis on Linkedin
    Read whitepapers published by Mobile Mentor to help improve your security knowledge!
    Learn how to turn your 1-on-1 meetings from time wasters, awkward moments, status updates, or non-existent into your most important and valuable meeting with your directs all week. Access the course and resources here: ramonashaw.com/11
    Have a question or topic you'd like Ramona to address on a future episode? Fill out this form to submit it for her review: https://ramonashaw.surveysparrow.com/s/Ask-Me-Anything/tt-m676YaFCJfZMdeeYKwkBjg 



    — OTHER EPISODES YOU MIGHT LIKE —


    Episode 120: When A Direct Resigns, What’s Your Responsibility?
    Episode 116: The “Zoom Ceiling”
    Episode 3: From Frazzled to Focused While Working From Home – with Alexis Haselberger



    — WHAT’S NEXT? —

    Grab your copy of Ramona's best-selling new book 'The Confident & Competent New Manager: How to Rapidly Rise to Success in Your First Leadership Role': amzn.to/3TuOdcP



    If this episode inspired you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening on your device and post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @ramona.shaw.leadership or DM me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/ramona-shaw



    Are you in your first manager role and don't want to mess it up? Watch our FREE Masterclass and discover the 4 shifts to become a leader people love to work for: ramonashaw.com/masterclass



    Don't forget to invest time each week to increase your self-awareness, celebrate your wins, and learn from your mistakes. Your career grows only to the extent that you grow. Grab your Career Journal with leadership exercises and weekly reflections here: ramonashaw.com/shop



    Love the podcast and haven’t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to ramonashaw.com/itunes and give your honest review. Thanks for your support of this show!



    — CHAPTERS —

    00:00 Preview

    02:33 Meet Denis O'Shea

    04:45 500% increase in cybercrime during the pandemic transition to work from home

    07:31 The great resignation was a power shift

    08:56 2021 security study across generations in the workforce

    13:27 Password security: what your organization needs to know

    18:50 GenZ thinks the grass is greener elsewhere

    24:23 Reducing friction in your workplace

    27:08 Actionable steps to improving your security

    30:00 Beware shadow IT

    32:06 Cyber insurance policies are becoming stricter

    33:47 Trust between employees and employers is at an all-time high

    35:03 Recap































    * Disclaimer: Shownotes may contain affiliate links. That means that I am awarded a small com

    What Is Your Leadership Philosophy

    What Is Your Leadership Philosophy

    This episode is a re-release of Episode # 106, one of the most popular episodes of 2022.



    In this week’s episode of The Manager Track podcast, we’re going to talk about what your leadership philosophy is, why you should have one, and how to create it.



    You will learn about my unique approach to leadership development, The APS Method, which I developed to help new and mid-level managers become leaders people love to work with, and why you should think about your own methods and philosophies as well.



    My goal with this episode is to plant the seed for you to begin thinking about your own leadership philosophy and your professional method. I hope you’ll feel inspired to open up your notebook and then find yourself jotting down thoughts and ideas you didn’t realize you had.



    — RESOURCES MENTIONED —


    Check out Ramona’s brand new Amazon Best Seller ‘The Confident & Competent New Manager’
    Check out Episode 74: How My APS Method Helps (New) Managers Succeed
    Learn how to turn your 1-on-1 meetings from time wasters, awkward moments, status updates, or non-existent into your most important and valuable meeting with your directs all week. Access the course and resources here: ramonashaw.com/11



    — WHAT’S NEXT? —

    Grab your copy of Ramona's best-selling new book 'The Confident & Competent New Manager: How to Rapidly Rise to Success in Your First Leadership Role': amzn.to/3TuOdcP



    If this episode inspired you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening on your device and post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @ramona.shaw.leadership or DM me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/ramona-shaw



    Are you in your first manager role and don't want to mess it up? Watch our FREE Masterclass and discover the 4 shifts to become a leader people love to work for --> ramonashaw.com/masterclass



    Don't forget to invest time each week to increase your self-awareness, celebrate your wins, and learn from your mistakes. Your career grows only to the extent that you grow. Grab your Career Journal with leadership exercises and weekly reflections here: ramonashaw.com/shop



    Love the podcast and haven’t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to ramonashaw.com/itunes and give your honest review. Thanks for your support of this show!



    * Disclaimer: Shownotes may contain affiliate links. That means that I am awarded a small commission for purchases made through them, at no added cost to you.

    Common Mistakes With 1-on-1 Meetings

    Common Mistakes With 1-on-1 Meetings

    This episode is a re-release of Episode # 108, the most downloaded episode of 2022.



    In this week’s episode of The Manager Track podcast, we’re going to talk about some of the most common mistakes that I see with people running one-on-one meetings.



    We know that it is important to have recurring meetings with our direct reports, but when not run effectively, these meetings can turn into a huge time waster.



    We’re gonna talk about…


    Task- vs. people-focus
    Ownership
    Accountability



    You will learn how to avoid the 3 most common mistakes and discover the basic and most critical rules of running effective one-on-one meetings.



    — RESOURCES MENTIONED —


    Grab Your Copy Of The New Manager Toolkit
    Ramona’s 12-week Leadership Accelerator helps new managers become confident and competent leaders people love to work with!
    Check out Ramona’s brand new Amazon Best Seller ‘The Confident & Competent New Manager’
    Learn how to turn your 1-on-1 meetings from time wasters, awkward moments, status updates, or non-existent into your most important and valuable meeting with your directs all week. Access the course and resources here: ramonashaw.com/11



    — WHAT’S NEXT? —

    Grab your copy of Ramona's best-selling new book 'The Confident & Competent New Manager: How to Rapidly Rise to Success in Your First Leadership Role': amzn.to/3TuOdcP



    If this episode inspired you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening on your device and post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @ramona.shaw.leadership or DM me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/ramona-shaw



    Are you in your first manager role and don't want to mess it up? Watch our FREE Masterclass and discover the 4 shifts to become a leader people love to work for --> ramonashaw.com/masterclass



    Don't forget to invest time each week to increase your self-awareness, celebrate your wins, and learn from your mistakes. Your career grows only to the extent that you grow. Grab your Career Journal with leadership exercises and weekly reflections here: ramonashaw.com/shop



    Love the podcast and haven’t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to ramonashaw.com/itunes and give your honest review. Thanks for your support of this show!



    * Disclaimer: Shownotes may contain affiliate links. That means that I am awarded a small commission for purchases made through them, at no added cost to you.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

JT Allen ,

Important Wisdom

Not only does Ramona have engaging, valuable guests on the show, but she provides so much value and wisdom from her own work and life experiences. As an experienced leader, I learn in every episode.

Jesse Veritas ,

Loved it

Just a nice, relaxing podcast without too much to send your head swirling. Calm delivery makes me want to hear more. Thank you!

Unlock Your Freedom ,

Powerful podcast! 🤩

This is sooo good!
Ramona is a powerful host and has awesome ideas on leadership 🎙 💯

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