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Host Mamie Kanfer Stewart shares practical approaches to help you be a great manager. Learn more at: https://themodernmanager.com/

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.

Learn more about 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.

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The Modern Manager Mamie Kanfer Stewart

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 167 Ratings

Host Mamie Kanfer Stewart shares practical approaches to help you be a great manager. Learn more at: https://themodernmanager.com/

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.

Learn more about 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.

Be sure to follow the podcast on your favorite platform so you never miss a new episode!

    294: 5 Skills for Effective Decision-Making

    294: 5 Skills for Effective Decision-Making

    Life is a series of choices. We make decisions every single day that affect how we live our lives–whether you’re picking what to have for lunch or steering a company strategy. For managers, effective decision-making skills at work are essential. So, how do you ensure you make the right decisions and stay on top of your game?

    In this week’s episode, we’ll explore the five (5) critical decision-making skills that can help you and your team members make effective decisions. 

    From mastering timelines to harnessing the power of collaborative thinking, this episode is your guide to navigating the complex world of workplace decisions.

    Join me for an insightful discussion!

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    Conversation Topics
    (00:00) Intro(01:18) The importance of timelines(02:41) 2 questions to ask when making a decision(03:39) The role of emotions in decision-making(06:28) How to draw logical conclusions through information discernment(08:47) Why big-picture thinking is critical(10:08) The value of collaborative thinking(10:58) How to be a good collaborative partner(12:48) [Extended Episode Only] The 6th essential skill for effective decision-making(13:29) [Extended Episode Only] Examples of an effective decision-making process
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    • 14 min
    293: 5 Proven Steps for Managers to Motivate Their Teams with JC Bernstein

    293: 5 Proven Steps for Managers to Motivate Their Teams with JC Bernstein

    Your team members' motivation levels can greatly impact their productivity, engagement, morale, and, of course, the quality of their work. But motivating people is HARD. 

    Surprisingly, bigger paychecks are less effective than we think they are in motivating people to do good work and stick around. So, if money is not an adequate motivation tool, then what is? How do you motivate your people? 

    Today's guest is JC Bernstein. JC is a management coach and founder of The Management Mentor. She is also the author of "Ignite Your Team: Using the SPARK Method to Lead, Inspire, and Build a Team that Cares."

    JC and I discuss strategies for motivating employees, especially hourly and part-time workers. She unpacks how her 5-step SPARK approach can help you quickly understand your team members' unique motivations so you can build trust and make deeper connections.

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    Conversation Topics
    (00:00) Intro(01:58) What is the SPARK method?(06:08) The role of paycheck and how it motivates (or not) people to stick around(07:04) How to motivate people using the SPARK method(12:20) A SPARK method success story(18:35) Practical steps for each of the 5 components of the SPARK method (23:41) 4 types of questions to ask to uncover employee motivation(32:17) A great manager JC has worked for(33:10) Keep up with JC(34:07) [Extended Episode Only] How to navigate through changes in the workplace and ensure people stay motivated(36:42) [Extended Episode Only] Real-life story on how to navigate these changes
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    • 35 min
    292: Why Managers Need Cultural Intelligence (And How to Develop It) with Loren Rosario-Maldonado

    292: Why Managers Need Cultural Intelligence (And How to Develop It) with Loren Rosario-Maldonado

    What comes to mind when you think about culture? Most of us believe that culture is related to national origin and ethnicity, but culture is so much more than that. 

    We may live in the same country, and yet it’s not uncommon to have different cultural preferences that influence how we show up at work and in life. And when we aren’t aware of these cultural differences, it can lead to awkward or frustrating situations and occasionally disastrous moments.

    For managers, developing cultural intelligence is vital in understanding ourselves and our teams and fostering better connections at work. So, how do managers develop cultural intelligence?

    Today’s guest is Loren Rosario-Maldonado. Loren has dedicated over 25 years to leadership coaching, change management, and cultural intelligence. Her unique ability to create human-centered workplace experiences and build high-performing teams has transformed organizations and solidified her reputation as an industry trailblazer. Her latest book, Becoming the Change: The Power of Cultural Intelligence, is a testament to her commitment to fostering cultural diversity and personal growth.

    Loren and I talk about cultural intelligence–what it is, how it differs from emotional intelligence, and how it shows up at work. She also explains the importance of cultural intelligence and how it impacts us in the workplace. Lastly, she shares plenty of tips and insightful stories to help you improve your cultural intelligence and so much more.

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    Conversation Topics
    (00:00) Intro(02:55) What is cultural intelligence?(04:36) Common misconceptions about culture(08:23) Understanding time, relationship-building, and emotional expression from different cultural perspectives(20:52) The essence of cultural intelligence(25:25) How to initiate a conversation about cultural differences in the workplace, particularly when power dynamics are involved(30:00) A great manager Loren has worked for(30:57) Keep up with Loren(32:19) [Extended Episode Only] How to navigate workplace conflict using cultural intelligence(38:12) [Extended Episode Only] Is it enough for teams to set norms to overcome cultural differences when addressing conflict?
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    - Get a copy of Loren’s book Becoming The Change here

    Win a Copy of Becoming The Change

    Two Members can win a copy of “Becoming the Change: The Power of Cultural Intelligence” by Loren Rosario-Maldonado. A compelling guide that unlocks the secrets to thriving in our increasingly globalized society, this book is a treasure trove of insights for anyone eager to navigate diverse cultural landscapes with ease and empathy.

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    • 33 min
    291: Enhancing Management Skills and Team Dynamics with Enneagram with Tracy O’Malley

    291: Enhancing Management Skills and Team Dynamics with Enneagram with Tracy O’Malley

    Have you taken a personality test for a new job or during a team-building exercise? A lot of folks enjoy the insights that come from assessments like these. They help us know ourselves and our colleagues by better understanding our preferences, strengths, and weaknesses. Enter the Enneagram tool. 

    Today's guest is Tracy O'Malley. Tracy is an Enneagram expert success coach. Her candid journey of self-discovery via the Enneagram sparked an enlightening shift in her perspective, which has been a lifeline to many. She uses this transformative tool uniquely, focusing on understanding motives and fears to help individuals feel seen, heard, and valued, consequently leading to personal and professional transformation. 

    Tracy and I talk about the Enneagram as a tool to better understand ourselves and our team members. She shares a comprehensive overview of the nine personality types, how we can use this information to help ourselves and team members grow into our best selves, how managers can leverage these Enneagram insights to enhance connections with team members, plus so much more.

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    Conversation Topics
    (00:00) Intro(02:19) What is the Enneagram?(05:56) The nine Enneagram personality types(15:51) Understanding the Enneagram tool to help you connect better with your team members(21:34) A success story on leveraging Enneagram lessons for managing a team(25:10) How we can show up as the best version of ourselves(29:00) A great manager Tracy has worked for(30:20) Keep up with Tracy(31:58) [Extended Episode Only] How to use the Enneagram to help build cohesion or collaboration amongst a team(33:58) [Extended Episode Only] Using Enneagram for workplace conflict resolution(38:49) [Extended Episode Only] Working with complementary Enneagram types within a team
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    • 33 min
    290: Why Upstream Work is Crucial For Better Decision Making and Execution with Atif Rafiq

    290: Why Upstream Work is Crucial For Better Decision Making and Execution with Atif Rafiq

    With busy days and the fast pace of work, it's understandable why so many teams jump from idea to basic plan (maybe!) to action. In our desire to move quickly, we forget that when we do so, we risk making bad decisions, resulting in wasted resources and, ultimately, not achieving what we set out to do. This is where upstream work plays a crucial role in getting alignment and clarity, readying us for successful execution.

    Today's guest is Atif Rafiq. Atif has blazed trails in Silicon Valley and the Fortune 500 for over 25 years. After rising through digital native companies like Amazon and Yahoo!, Atif held C-suite roles at McDonald's, Volvo, and MGM Resorts. He rose to the President level in the Fortune 500 and has led thousands of employees as a global P&L, transformation, and innovation leader.

    Atif and I talk about his approach for upstream work, which he calls decision sprints, that help teams and organizations prepare for effective execution. He explains the difference between upstream and downstream activities, the three phases of upstream work, the importance of psychological safety in organizations, and more.

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    Conversation Topics
    (00:00) Intro(02:04) What is a decision sprint?(03:50) Significance of psychological safety in upstream work(07:58) The role of questions in innovation, strategy, and growth(10:08) Examples of how and when to ask  questions(13:46) Why alignment matters for execution(16:30) What do meetings look like when you are trying to come to an alignment?(20:55) Decision meetings as work accelerators (23:19) How to make better decisions at a team level(26:37) A great manager Atif has worked for(28:34) Keep up with Atif(30:24) [Extended Episode Only] How to integrate decision sprint workflows into your team or organization(35:18) [Extended Episode Only] Ways to determine what questions don't need answering(36:53) [Extended Episode Only] Big lessons from McDonald’sAdditional Resources:
    - Get the extended episode by Joining The Modern Manager Podcast+ Community for just $15 per month
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    • 31 min
    289: How to Organize a Successful Team Building Event with Michael Alexis

    289: How to Organize a Successful Team Building Event with Michael Alexis

    Your business is only as strong as your employees. So, if you want to build a strong and thriving business, you need to hire top-notch people. But hiring them is only a part of the equation. You must bring them together and transform them from high-performing individuals to high-performing teams. This is where successful team building comes in.

    Team building comes in all shapes and sizes, and whether you love spending time building relationships with and amongst your team or find it a bit silly or inefficient, doing team building right can significantly impact your team's productivity and morale. How can you maximize the power of team building?

    Today’s guest is Michael Alexis. Michael is the CEO of teambuilding.com, an industry leader in virtual, hybrid, and in-person team-building experiences. He has been leading remote workforces for almost a decade.

    Michael and I talk about all things team building–its various forms and why it's important. We also explore how you can incorporate it into your regular workday, how to do amazing events virtually and in person, and so much more.

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    Conversation Topics
    (00:00) Intro(01:39) Is team building really fun and engaging?(03:09) How important is team building(05:20) The different types of team building(08:32) Incorporating team building into the regular workday(11:30) How to do team building virtually(15:49) Examples of fun and quirky  team building events(19:32) Factors to consider when planning a team building event(23:19) Is polling your team necessary when planning for such an event?(25:48) Should managers and senior leaders give their team time to bond without them?(28:13) A great manager Michael has worked for(29:33) Keep up with Michael(30:40) [Extended Episode Only] What do you do when something goes sideways during a team building activity?(34:57) [Extended Episode Only] Benefits of hiring an outside expert to plan your team building (39:08) [Extended Episode Only] What are the things not to do in a team building event?Additional Resources:
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
167 Ratings

167 Ratings

kahpyt ,

Great direction for an overlooked audience

In my work as a DEI facilitator and consultant, I often see managers who are expected to be “all things” but don’t get the training and support to do it well. While we can challenge our organizations to do this differently, this podcast serves as a helpful guide for mid-level managers to build their people and management skills along the way.

Devlinreed ,

The vocal fry ruins it

I really wanted to like this podcast but the host ruins it. The constant vocal fry and uptalk is awful!

TeriSchmidt ,

Great tips for managers!

Practical advice for one of most important, but often overlooked groups in our workplaces, managers. Mamie does an excellent job bringing on and interviewing wise guests who provide actionable advice for challenges that managers face. Thanks, Mamie!
Teri @StrongertoServe

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