224 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
    • 4.8 • 148 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.

    217: Plan Your Day with Ashutosh Priyadarshy

    217: Plan Your Day with Ashutosh Priyadarshy

    Ever feel like you don't have enough time because you're too busy working on tasks, attending meetings, and checking email? If so, you're not alone. Who has time for planning when there is so much to do?! In reality, a daily planning habit puts you in control of your schedule, workload, and productivity. 
    Today’s guest is Ashutosh Priyadarshy. Ashutosh is the Co-founder and CEO of Sunsama, a daily planning assistant that helps knowledge workers stay focused and productive throughout their workdays. Ashutosh has spent most of the last decade building and launching productivity software. His goal is to build products that help us navigate our work and life mindfully and intentionally.
    Ashutosh and I  talk about why daily planning is an important process, how we can use daily planning to boost productivity and feel a sense of accomplishment, and more.
    Members of the Modern Manager community get an exclusive 30-day free trial of Sunsama. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: Boost Productivity with Daily Planning
     
    KEEP UP WITH ASHUTOSH
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunsamahq/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunsamaHQ
    Website: https://get.sunsama.com/
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Create a daily planning habit at a time that works best for you. It doesn’t need to be at the start of your day.
    Starting your day with a plan helps you focus on your most important tasks.
    Bring your calendar and tasks together to get an accurate picture of how you’ll spend your time.
    In addition to meetings and tasks, we have plenty of ‘work chores’ that need to be done every day.
    Share your daily plan with your team to keep people informed, create accountability, and encourage yourself to plan accurately.
    End your day with a reflection on what you accomplished to help feel fulfilled and build momentum.

    mamie@mamieks.com

    • 27 min
    216: Design the Optimal Team Meeting

    216: Design the Optimal Team Meeting

    No matter how big or small your team is, there are always things to discuss. Most managers respond by holding weekly meetings. At their best, team meetings are a forum for open and productive communication between team members. At their worst, they waste everyone’s time and energy. If your weekly meetings aren't moving your work forward and leaving people in a positive mood, it’s probably time you redesign them.
    In this episode, I share practical advice that you can implement to make your weekly meetings more productive and enjoyable for everyone.
    The full episode guide includes an overview of the factors to consider when designing a team meeting, along with examples of team meeting structures, formats, and prework to consider using as a model for your team. 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 themodernmanager.com/miniguides.
     
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    Read the related blog article: Make Weekly Team Meetings Work for Your Team
     
    Key Takeaways:

    There is no right way to have a team meeting. The key is to identify your meeting objectives so that you can design the meeting to meet those needs.
    Consider the flow of the agenda. How will you structure your time together to achieve the meeting objectives? 
    Team meetings can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as multiple hours, as long as the time is well spent.
    Determine what people can do to best prepare for the meeting. This could include completing a dashboard, contributing topics to discuss, or nothing at all.
    Don’t assume a weekly meeting is necessary. Sometimes daily or monthly cadences are more appropriate.
    Explore the format that will best meet the team’s needs. It could be in person, virtually, via Slack, or something else.
    Regularly revisit the design of your team meetings to assess if they are still meeting the team’s needs. It’s okay to experiment with different choices in order to optimize how your team meets.

    mamie@mamieks.com

    • 12 min
    215: Embrace Your Identity with Victoria Shiroma Wilson

    215: Embrace Your Identity with Victoria Shiroma Wilson

    Understanding identity is vital for managers. We all want to respect and better understand our colleagues, but in order to do that we must first understand ourselves. Identity informs how we relate to people, how we make decisions, and how we lead. 
    Today’s guest is Victoria Shiroma Wilson. Victoria is a leadership development coach and consultant who partners with world-class organizations and professionals to discover their purpose, develop a powerful vision, and design a strategy toward transformation. Victoria is valued as a big-picture visionary who empowers her clients to think boldly and holistically about their future by examining cultural and systemic influences within a greater ecosystem.
    Victoria and I talk about identity - what it is, which is so much more than DNA, how it informs how we show up as a leader and interpret the world, how understanding identity can help us better engage our colleagues and make decisions, and a whole lot more.
     
    Members of the Modern Manager community get a free handout that offers a set of eight reflective questions around the 4 Cs of exceptional management: Confidence, Collaboration, Communication, and Culture. In addition, the first member to email mamie@mamieks.com will receive a free copy of Victoria’s upcoming book, which will be published in September. Get these bonuses when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: Understand Identity to Lead More Powerfully
     
    KEEP UP WITH VICTORIA
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoriashiromawilson/
    Website: https://www.exceptionalfutures.com/
    Email: hello@exceptionalfutures.com 
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Identity is formed through the outside in and inside out. It’s how we experience the world that informs how we perceive it and ourselves.
    We all make assumptions about identity and what the experience of a given identity entails, but often those aren’t true because identity is intersectional and complex.
    We can use our differences in identity if we switch from “I am” to “I see”. Instead of “I am a woman, therefore…” to “From my perspective, I see…”

    • 30 min
    214: Skills for Effective Communication with Richard Newman

    214: Skills for Effective Communication with Richard Newman

    Both verbal and nonverbal communication are critical interpersonal skills. Listening to others, observing their reactions, speaking in a way that promotes understanding and connection, using body language—these are all essential to our leadership development. Effective leaders must know that communicating is a combination of what you say, how you say it, and how you respond to what has been said back to you.
    Today’s guest is Richard Newman. Richard is the Founder of Body Talk. Over the past 22 years his team have trained over 120,000 business leaders around the world, to improve their communication and impact, including one client who gained over $1 Billion in new business in just one year, using the strategies that Richard teaches.
    Richard and I talk about the unspoken parts of communication, communicating effectively remotely, keeping people engaged in a meeting or presentation, and so much more. 
    Members of the Modern Manager community get a free audiobook version of Richard’s book, You Were Born to Speak. This work discusses everything he has learned in his 23-year journey, filled with practical strategies that you can apply immediately to transform your success. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: Revolutionize Your Team’s Communication With These Simple Skills
     
    KEEP UP WITH RICHARD
    Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richardnewmanspeaks/Business Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ukbodytalk/Personal LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardnewmanspeaks/Business LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/communicationskillstraining/
    Book: You Were Born To Speak
    Website: https://ukbodytalk.com/
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Communication is how we connect and build relationships. It’s a two way street of sending messages out and responding to others

    • 30 min
    213: Planning Your Week with Demir Bently

    213: Planning Your Week with Demir Bently

    Be honest with yourself for a moment: Are you managing your time and tasks well? Do you have a weekly planning routine that helps ensure you’re focused on your most important work? Sometimes, just a few simple changes to your planning can help you find more freedom and fulfillment in your work.
    Today’s guest is Demir Bentley. Demir teaches hard-hitting efficiency techniques and proven accountability strategies that have helped clients generate millions in revenue while saving thousands of hours. In the past eight years, he’s helped more than 50,000 professionals, including executives from Facebook, Google, Uber and PepsiCo – helping them prevent burnout and create more freedom in their lives. And, Demir’s advice has been highlighted in Forbes, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur and more.
    Demir and I talk about the #1 routine you should do every week to exponentially improve your productivity…the weekly planning session. We get into how to do it, when to do it, and what makes it so powerful.
    Members of the Modern Manager community have a chance to get 1 of 20 free Kindle versions of Demir’s book, “Winning the Week”. In this book, Demir and Carey Bentley reveal their five-step method that radically reimagines how you plan and execute your week. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: 5 Steps to a Productive Week
     
    KEEP UP WITH DEMIR
    Website: lifehackmethod.com
    Book: winningtheweek.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/lifehackbootcamp
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/demirandcarey
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/demirandcarey
     
    Key Takeaways:

    There are hundreds of productivity tips, tools, practices, habits, routines. Instead of trying to do them all or sift through to find the best one for yourself, start with the fundamentals of planning your week.


    Everyone knows about weekly planning but few people do it correctly, and most people don’t do it at all.
    To plan your week, start by removing the frictions or increasing your motivation to spend 30 minutes on t

    • 33 min
    212: Prepare for Vacation Time Out of the Office

    212: Prepare for Vacation Time Out of the Office

    Vacation time is so important. We know there are a myriad of health benefits that come from taking time away from work. I also know how anxiety producing it can be to worry about your team or projects while you're away or stress over returning to an overflowing inbox and build-up of tasks, which can negate some of the health benefits and enjoyment of your time off. So what can you do to make your vacation time as rejuvenating as possible?
    Today's episode is about preparing to be out for vacation. I walk through 5 approaches to consider to help you prepare to be out of the office and make your time away and re-entry as smooth as possible.
    The full episode guide includes an overview of these principles plus tips for communicating tasks and responsibilities effectively to your team members so that there's no confusion. 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 themodernmanager.com/miniguides.
     
    Subscribe to my newsletter to get episodes, articles, and free mini-guides delivered to your inbox. 
     
    Read the related blog article: How to Effectively Prepare Yourself and Your Team for Vacation Time
      
    Key Takeaways:

    Taking vacations provides essential health benefits. Prepare well to minimize worrying about your team/work while away. 
    Create a shared vacation calendar to coordinate time off, except for holiday times, to ensure multiple people aren’t out at the same time. 
    Prep at least two weeks ahead of time so you can get organized and ensure everyone knows their responsibilities. Consult prior to-do lists to keep track of expected tasks. 
    Document processes for tasks while doing them rather than by memory. Record the screen while narrating to ensure you’ve included all essential and accurate information.  
    Consider what you’ll do ahead of time, what you’ll delay, what you’ll hand off, and what you’ll do while out.
    Determine how much you want staff to be able to contact you while out of the office and via what tools. 
    Consider which tasks might be a growth opportunity for certain colleagues. Make sure people are on board and confident with their new temporary roles. 
    When ret

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

@kimstewinspired ,

Great tips on leading your team

Great conversations with Mamie and her guests on how to grow and lead your team well.
Kim & @ThePodwizeGroup

#ohheykt ,

The Podcast I’ve Been Looking For

I’ve been looking for a podcast just like this for years and I’m so happy I finally found it. As a new manager, I wanted to get advice and learn new skills so I could be the best manager I could be. Come to find out, this podcast is so much more, addressing issues like confidence, conflict resolution and career growth. All the podcasts about work that I’d found previously were either men-focused (which is fine, but women have other, different struggles) or entrepreneur-focused (which I have no desire to be). I’ve only listened to handful of episodes of this podcast so far and have forwarded several to friends and colleagues. Highly recommend!

AMKinsella ,

Getting ready for vacation

This podcast is usually pretty good. However in the latest episode about preparing for vacation, I was very disappointed in Mamie’s take on deciding how much work you’re going to do while on vacation - how often to check emails, how available you’ll be to colleagues, etc.
That’s not vacation and this is something that’s wrong with American business culture. Mamie didn’t even float the suggestion of completely unplugging for a period of time. During a time when burnout is rampant, business leaders need encouragement to disconnect, not tips on how to manage work while they’re on vacation.
I would have emailed instead of writing a review but could find no way to do that on her website.

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