230 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 • 151 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.

    223: Insights From Improv to Improve Communication with Brian Rolnick-Fox

    223: Insights From Improv to Improve Communication with Brian Rolnick-Fox

    Anyone who's worked on a team knows that communication can be a challenge. Sometimes, common problems require creative solutions. Improv is a powerful tool that brings out the best in any group or team. It’s not just for comedians; it can be used to create new ideas, solve problems, explore feelings, and connect with each other.
    Today’s guest is Brian Rolnick-Fox, the Founder, CEO, and Chief Evangelist of Nimble Learning Strategies. Brian has been using improvisation as a channel for individual growth, group development, and organizational success since 1999. He has delivered communication and leadership programs for a diverse set of organizations from Fortune 100 companies to educational institutions some of which include Citibank, Goodyear, Dartmouth College, and Harvard Business School.
     
    Brian and I talk about what we can learn from the field of comedic improv to help us be better communicators. We get into specific behaviors, mindsets, principles and tactics that can help us connect and collaborate better, plus we have a whole lot of fun.
    Members of the Modern Manager community get a free Communication and Collaboration document from Nimble Learning Strategies. This document describes the three As of communication and how you can implement them to communicate more effectively in your daily life. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: How Managers Can Use Improv Strategies to Improve Communications
     
    KEEP UP WITH BRIAN
    Website: https://www.nimblelearningstrategies.com
    Company LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/nimblelearningstrategies
    Personal LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/brianrolnickfox
     
    Key Takeaways:

    We are always naturally improvising; we take in stimuli and respond to them in the moment. 
    Improv strategies can help us collaborate better by providing an opportunity to explicitly talk about how we communicate and collaborate.
    We often forget that people or departments have different perspectives and assume we’re all seeing the situation the same.
    Being specific in our language is essential to ensuring everyone is on the same page. 

    • 28 min
    222: Design a Path to Your Future with Lance Tanaka

    222: Design a Path to Your Future with Lance Tanaka

    Authentic leadership is unique to each of us. It's about understanding and being comfortable with who you are so that you can leverage your strengths. We can then use that information to guide our choices and lift up those around us. When you understand your strengths and values, they can create a personal roadmap to success.
    Today’s guest is Lance Tanaka. Lance is an Executive Leadership Expert. He and his team elevate leaders and their teams to increase business production, performance and profits.
    Lance and I talk about lessons from his latest book Dream and Achieve: 90 Days to a life of purpose. We walk through the process that Lance and hundreds of others have used to help clarify their goals and take steps towards their desired future.
    Members of the Modern Manager community get 25% off Lance’s course, Dream & Achieve. This course has helped thousands of successful executives identify their purpose and move down the path to realizing it. Get this generous discount if you register before September 30, 2022. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
    Subscribe to my newsletter to get episodes, articles and free mini-guides delivered to your inbox. 
     
    Check out the new Modern Manager Skills Accelerator!
     
    Read the related blog article: Carve a Path at Work That is Authentically You
     
    KEEP UP WITH LANCE
    Website: lancetanaka360.com
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Focus more time on honing your strengths rather than fixing your weaknesses.
    The DNA “Dream N’ Achieve” process is a 90 day journey of self discovery and charting a path forward.
    First, reflect on your strengths and passions. Then look for common themes, ideally no more than 9.
    Drill into those elements with who/what/where/when/why questions to further clarify what matters most to you.
    Do this DNA process as a team activity. Others often see our strengths better than we do.
    Trying to Find your “True North” may slow you down. Instead, create a balance between all your needs by going in the right direction and adjusting over time accordingly.
    There are three outcomes that result from following your DNA: (1) a big shift to a new company/career/city, (2) a sideways shift to a different team or role in the same company, or (3)

    • 29 min
    221: Reducing and Responding to Microaggressions with Martine Kalaw

    221: Reducing and Responding to Microaggressions with Martine Kalaw

    Microaggressions are harmful words and actions that stem from biases and stereotypes. They’re subconscious, meaning we may not even realize we’re being offensive or biased. The damage they inflict can be long-lasting and impact how individuals relate to us and the entire company. As managers, it's our responsibility to create a professional work environment that fosters understanding and listening, so all people can feel safe and supported at work.
    Today’s guest is Martine Kalaw. Martine is an Elevation Strategist - she shifts mindsets, builds bridges & delivers results. She is the author of Illegal Among Us, experienced being an undocumented immigrant, and is a DEI Consultant.
     
    Martine and I talk about how to confront, respond to and learn from uncomfortable DEI situations in the workplace. Maybe it’s something you said that landed the wrong way with a team member or maybe it’s something a colleague did that was insensitive or exclusionary. We talk about microaggressions and how to get smarter about your own behavior since so often we don’t even realize we’re creating harm.
    Members of the Modern Manager community can get a free 60-Minute Masterclass: Advancing DEI. Scheduled for September 22, this 60-minute class will give you the top five keys to advancing DEI in your workplace over the course of 90 days. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: What To Do About Microaggressions In The Workplace
     
    KEEP UP WITH MARTINE
    Website: https://martinekalaw.com/
    Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/MartineKalawEnterprisesLLC
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/martinekalaw/?hl=en
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/martinekalawconsulting/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/martinekalaw 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQTb6zI5m4jehE-czyT8SvQ/featured
     
    Key Takeaways:

    • 33 min
    220: Methods for Robust Brainstorm Sessions

    220: Methods for Robust Brainstorm Sessions

    Brainstorming is a method of developing ideas in a group setting. It's used to solve problems, come up with new ideas, and generally explore possibilities. While it may seem like a simple task, there’s often much more than meets the eye when it comes to effective brainstorming. Working through various exercises helps you not only generate ideas but also deeply understand the situation you are looking at. 
    Today's episode is about brainstorming. Almost every team, at some point, has a brainstorming session. While brainstorming can be as straightforward as “okay, what ideas do you have?” There are also different methods to help you make the most of your brainstorming time together, and that’s what I cover here.
    The full episode guide includes lists of prompts and suggested approaches for boosting your brainstorming sessions. 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: 3 Brainstorming Strategies for Every Situation
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Separate the idea generation from idea evaluation in order to facilitate creative thinking.
    Use the phrase “If I had a magic wand…” to help people avoid censoring their ideas based on what they think is feasible or will be viewed as “good” by their colleagues.
    Prepare specific prompts ahead of time to help get people thinking more broadly. For example, “How might we use our space differently?” or “What 1-time changes could we make?” or “What global trends might impact us?”
    Ask people to “wear specific hats” to get them to think from other people’s perspectives. For example, “how would Steve Jobs solve this problem?"
    Try iterating on a single idea to see if there is a version of that idea that is more feasible or more impactful.
    Give people time to brainstorm quietly on their own before sharing all ideas out loud. 

    mamie@mamieks.com
    instagram.com/mamieks

    • 9 min
    219: Motivation Through Core Values with Rob Toomey

    219: Motivation Through Core Values with Rob Toomey

    Identifying the core values and potential motivators of your team members isn't always the easiest task. There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to each individual personality, which makes for a delicate interpretation process. But optimizing your relationships with others comes down to understanding one thing: what on earth makes them tick?
    Today’s guest is Rob Toomey. As President of TypeCoach, Rob lives at the intersection of his two passions: personality type and entrepreneurship. Working with 800 global client organizations, he has delivered live sessions to more than 50,000 participants and the TypeCoach online tools have reached more than 185,000 people. Rob is also Managing Director of The Idea Factory which is focused on early stage app and website projects.
    Rob and I talk about the four temperaments - he’ll explain these better than I can in one sentence, but in essence we’re talking about the four different personality type core values and motivators. By identifying which of the four temperaments each of your team members identifies with, you’ll be able to use more effective strategies to motivate, appreciate and engage each person. 
    Members of the Modern Manager community get a free Motivation and Feedback document. This will help you gain new insight into what makes people tick and how to tailor your feedback differently to each of the four temperaments for maximum impact. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
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    Read the related blog article: How To Motivate Your Employees Based on the 4 Temperaments
     
    KEEP UP WITH ROB
    Website: Typecoach.com
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Our temperament is our source of motivational energy. 
    There are 4 Temperaments based on categories of introversion/extroversion, judgers/perceivers, thinkers/feelers, sensory/intuitive. 
    Introversion/extroversion is whether we get energy from being alone or with others.
    Judging/Perceiving is how we prefer structure, whether playful or decisive planning.
    Sensory/Intuitive is how we take in and process information.
    Thinking/Feeling is whether we approach a situation through objective analysis or considering our feelings/values.
    The 4 Tempe

    • 31 min
    218: Facilitate Effective and Inclusive Meetings with Rae Ringel

    218: Facilitate Effective and Inclusive Meetings with Rae Ringel

    Managers all over the world facilitate meetings every day, but how many managers facilitate meetings well? The goal of facilitating a meeting is to create a space so that everyone can participate effectively. This may not come naturally to some managers, but it’s a skill that anyone can master with the right tools.
    Today’s guest is Rae Ringel. Rae is an executive coach, facilitator, author and founding President of The Ringel Group. She is a faculty member at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and founding director of their certificate program in the Art of Facilitation and Design. She is also a frequent columnist for Harvard Business Review.
    Rae and I talk about meeting facilitation. What facilitation really is, how to do it well when meeting in person or virtually, and Rae shares a bunch of facilitation tricks and activities you can immediately use with your team to improve your meetings.
    Members of the Modern Manager community get two articles Rae has authored and published in Harvard Business Review. “Please Stop Using These Phrases in Meetings” helps readers take control of their speech patterns by learning phrases that aren’t as helpful as you think. “When Do We Actually Need to Meet in Person?” helps leaders determine which factors of work can be kept virtual and which require being in-person. Get them when you join the Modern Manager community.
     
    Subscribe to my newsletter to get episodes, articles and free mini-guides delivered to your inbox. 
     
    Read the related blog article: How to Facilitate an Effective Meeting
     
    KEEP UP WITH RAE
    Twitter: @ringelgroup
    LinkedIn: @rae-ringel
    Instagram: @julieraeringel
     
    Key Takeaways:

    Facilitation is creating the space in a meeting where everyone can participate.
    It’s important to start with a planned agenda and then be flexible enough to pivot when needed. Plan the activities ahead so you can prepare any materials, e.g. polls, Miro boards, etc.
    Virtual meetings have the potential to be more inclusive and comfortable for people. Leverage the strengths of technology to create a more inclusive meeting by using different modalities of participation.
    Consider how you can arrange the room, or ask people to arrange their physical space, to support effective engagement.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 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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