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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.

    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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    156: Giving and Receiving Feedback with Karen Weeks

    156: Giving and Receiving Feedback with Karen Weeks

    Almost everyone universally dislikes giving and receiving feedback. No matter how experienced you are, feedback can still cause anxiety, defensiveness, frustration, disappointment, guilt and many more unpleasant emotions. Yet, feedback is a critical element to professional growth and cultivating a healthy workplace. Learning how to give, and receive, feedback without the emotional toll can be a game changer for managers.  
    Today’s guest is Karen Weeks. Karen’s purpose is helping organizations build amazing cultures while guiding individuals to find fulfillment in their careers. Currently, she’s the Senior Vice President of People at Ordergroove. Karen is also a career coach, award-winning people & culture advisor, speaker, published author, and podcast host.
    Karen and I talk about all things feedback. How to prepare to give feedback so the conversation goes as smoothly as possible, how to role model and make feedback part of your regular management practice, how to move from feedback to solutions for the future, and so much more.
    As a special guest bonus, members of the Modern Manager can get one of five copies of Karen’s book Setting the Stage: A Guide to Preparing for any Feedback Conversation. To be eligible to get this guest bonus, and all the other guest bonuses, become a member by going to themodernmanager.com/join/
     
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    Read the related blog article: How To Create A Culture Of Feedback At Work
     
    KEEP UP WITH KAREN:
    Book: Setting the Stage
    Website: https://www.karendweeks.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-d-weeks-sphr-ms-5965775/Twitter: @career_changersFacebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/337551064291579Instagram: @career_changers_kdwPodcast: Getting Off the Hamst

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    155: Turn Your Team Into Gold with Steven Cardinale

    155: Turn Your Team Into Gold with Steven Cardinale

    If you’ve ever been part of a truly great team, it can feel like a bit of magic. It’s not easy for a group to find their rhythm and work seamlessly together. High performance, innovative ideas, and making an impact don’t happen by chance. But with the right approach and a bit of alchemy, your team can feel like gold.
    Today’s guest is Steven Cardinale. Steven is a seasoned software entrepreneur and executive. He has more than 20 years of business and technology experience, including founding and running CID Management, a Healthcare Cost Control company that he grew to become one of the largest players in the space before his successful exit in 2015. Steven has consulted as a business management and technology strategist for organizations including Eli Lilly, Janus Funds, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is known for his unique perspective to leadership innovation and entrepreneurship.
    We talk about the lessons from his book Synaptic Alchemy. What this concept is all about, how to know thyself, how to get everyone on your team to better understand themselves and each other, and his three step process for turning ideas into gold.
    Members of the Modern Manager get The Synaptic Alchemy Sneak Peek which provides an in depth overview of the book for free, and free access to The Synaptic Alchemy course launching in June 2021 when you purchase the book. Become a member at themodernmanager.com/join. 
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    Read the related blog article: How to Turn Your Team Into Gold 
     
    KEEP UP WITH STEVEN
    Website: https://www.synapticalchemy.com/
    Book: Synaptic Alchemy: The Art & Science of Turning Ideas into Gold
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Synaptic alchemy in the physical world is about turning lead into gold. In the management world, it’s about turning groups of people and ideas into gold. 
    Help your team understand their internal strengths and how it affects the way they collaborate and operate in the workplace by taking personality tests as a group. 
    Make time for each person to share the insights about their preferences and personality so that you can understand and support each other. 
    To turn team ideas into gold, destroy an old rule and replace it with a new one. 
    Ask “w

    154: The Differential of Managing Managers

    154: The Differential of Managing Managers

    So much of managing people is the same because humans have the same fundamental needs and desires. It’s important for all managers to provide appropriate levels of autonomy, foster their team’s professional growth, and support their people by providing guidance and helping to remove roadblocks. But as you move up in the hierarchy, there are a few important nuances that can help you better focus your time and energy. 
    The full episode guide includes an infographic of the differences between managers and senior managers, along with suggested practices for shifting into the mindset of a senior manager, leading skip-level meetings, and more. 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.
     
    Read the related blog article: How Do You Manage Managers?
     
    Key Takeaways:

    The majority of managing people is the same no matter what level of management you’re in. 
    There are three primary areas in which a senior manager’s role will be different from a manager’s role and these are: (1) driving towards big picture results, (2) cultivating the manager’s management capability, and (3) clarifying guidelines.
    As senior management, you will be looking at things from a higher perch and trying to see how day to day activities flow towards the overall goals of the organization. 
    Focus on setting clear vision, goals and strategy. Then enhance the thinking of your managers without getting into the details.
    Provide plenty of autonomy to allow your managers and their team members to develop and execute on workplans.
    As a rule of thumb, spend as much time investing in your people as you do overseeing the work.
    If you haven’t invested in building culture, spent time talking about values, or elevated the importance of upholding desired behaviors, it's unlikely that your managers will either.
    Role model the behavior you want your managers to do with their team members. Ask for their input, provide straightforward feedback, offer praise and gratitude. 
    Build relationships with your managers’ direct reports so you can better support your manager to develop their people.
    Show your managers’ direct reports that you respect and trust their manager (your dire

    153: Humble Inquiry with Edgar and Peter Schein

    153: Humble Inquiry with Edgar and Peter Schein

    Too often we are knowers instead of learners. Yet as knowers, we close down conversations, dis-incentivize sharing information or perspectives, and risk the health of our team and organization. To be a learner requires us to accept that we don’t know everything and, just as important, that our team members often know more than we do. When we cultivate a relationship based on caring and curiosity, we foster psychological safety and much more.
    In this episode, I speak with father and son duo, Edgar and Peter Schein. Ed is Professor Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He is one of the original scholar-practitioners in the fields of organizational psychology and organizational development. He may be best known for first expanding our understanding of organizational culture. His books, including Process Consultation, Organizational Culture and Leadership, Helping, Humble Consulting and Humble Leadership are translated and published worldwide and his consulting and coaching has transformed leadership since the 1970s. His latest work, Humble Inquiry 2nd Edition, co-authored with his son Peter, is an international best seller. 
    Peter is the co-founder and COO of OCLI.org. Prior to his role there, Peter was a strategy and corporate development executive at large and small technology companies in Silicon Valley. He is co-author of The Corporate Culture Survival Guide 3rd Edition, Humble Leadership, the 5th Edition of Organizational Culture and Leadership, and the 2nd Edition of Humble Inquiry.
    The three of us talk about Humble Inquiry - what it is, why it’s important, and how to do it effectively. We talk about the humble component and the inquiry component, and how together, they are a magical combination that every manager and team can benefit from.
    Get one of 10 signed copies of the book Humble Consulting if you’re a member of the Modern Manager community. This book is particularly focused at client-facing roles and consultants, but the lessons are applicable even beyond those. To get a copy, you need to be a member and one of the first 10 people to request it.  Join the Modern Manager community -- employees of government and nonpforit organizations get 20% off any membership level.
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    Read the related blog article: The Simple Brilliance of the “Humble Inquiry” Approach
     
    KEEP UP WITH EDGAR AND PETER SCHEIN
    Website: www.ocli.org 
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    152: Managing Up with Dee Ann Turner

    152: Managing Up with Dee Ann Turner

    Most often, when we think about managing, we think about our direct reports. Yet, our boss plays a critical role in our success. Learning to manage up can help make your work experience easier while enabling everyone to win.
    In this episode I speak with Dee Ann Turner. Dee Ann is a 35-year veteran in identifying, selecting, and growing talent. She has unparalleled insight and experience in talent acquisition, career and leadership development, and organizational culture. Author and speaker, Dee Ann is the former vice president of talent for Chick-fil-A, where she helped shape the company's historically remarkable culture. 
    Dee Ann and I talk about managing up - what it is, what it looks like in action, how to talk to your team members about “managing you”, and what not to do that can get you into trouble.
    Get the chance to win a copy of Crush Your Career when you become a member of The Modern Manager. Learn more and join at www.themodernmanager.com/join.
     
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    Read the related blog article: Three Ways to Manage Up
     
    KEEP UP WITH DEE ANN
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/deeannturner/
    LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/deeannturner/
    Amazon Link to Crush Your Career: https://www.amazon.com/Crush-Your-Career-Interview-Launch/dp/0801094372
    Crush Your Career Landing Page: https://www.crushyourcareerbook.com
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Managing up means helping the people above us manage us better.
    Go into performance reviews ready to share the story of your past year’s successes, responsibilities acquired, and skills learned to help him assess you better. 
    Present innovative ideas through questions rather than statements as a way of getting heard. Don’t worry about who gets the credit; when the boss or team wins, you win. 
    Effect the culture beyond your team by first focusing on your team’s culture. When your team succeeds, your boss will want to know the secret of your culture and may incorporate it into the larger culture. 
    Ask your boss their preferences for communication styles and modalities whether it’s email, voice notes, or tex

Customer Reviews

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124 Ratings

124 Ratings

Josh Rzepka ,

Outstanding podcast!

I’ve been listening to the modern manager since the beginning. Week after week Mamie brings thoughtful topics, guests, and leads very interesting and helpful discussions. Highly recommended!

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Finally!

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Coming from a manager that has had no proper training, this podcast is absolutely amazing and beyond helpful. They’re very engaging and not too lengthy. I do wish there were more that focused on small business retail/sales and how to build those teams but overall I’ve found this podcast to be a resourceful tool for management.

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