Your Best Manager

Hi, my name is Jamie Newman. I made a career out of helping companies hire people. Then, after 8 years, I decided to walk away from my corporate job to do something a little different. Instead of helping companies hire people, now I help managers lead people. Of course, as you well know, leadership is more than just making great hiring decisions… so I knew I’d need some help. That’s where this podcast comes in. On the Your Best Manager podcast, I get to interview and learn from some of the top minds in leadership and people development (Marshall Goldsmith, Lolly Daskal, and Barry Posner to name a few). And that’s not all! You see, the best part of all this is that you get to learn with me!
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Apr 28, 2017

Neville Chamberlain is the CEO of Britewrx Inc. and a Transformational Business Strategist who helps organizations align their boards, executive and management teams, rapidly develop strategy, innovate business models and develop new products and services.

With a 30+ year career spanning technology, multiple CxO positions, consulting, large and small enterprises and various startups in multiple countries, Neville has the breadth, depth and track record to engage with teams at any level and bring about radical change in culture, thinking, technology and business.

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Apr 26, 2017

Dr. Jason Brooks has almost 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in multi-million and multi-billion dollar organizations in multiple industries. He is founder and CEO of The Catalyst Leadership Group, a leadership solutions firm focused on growing leaders from the “inside-out” and helping them to unleash their full potential to deliver high-impact results through their work and leave a legacy of success and significance in life.

As an entrepreneur, executive leadership consultant, executive coach, bestselling author, speaker, and co-host of the Step into Leadership Podcast, he brings a heart for helping leaders of all kinds achieve their greatest potential, one step at a time.

Dr. Jason lives just north of Nashville, Tennessee with his bride, Darla and three wonderful children.

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Apr 24, 2017

The topic for today’s episode is how to run a great meeting. 

If you’ve been with me over the past couple of months, you know that I’m going through a series each Monday on the Fundamentals of Management, and one of the core skills that every manager needs to develop is the ability to run a great meeting.

So, in preparation for this show, like I do every week, I spent some time researching and reviewing some of the advice that is out there on the topic of running a meeting.

What’s funny is that almost every single article, video, blog post, and book, on this subject starts off the same way.

Like, exactly the same way.

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It goes something like this, [clear throat]

We’ve all been there. Sitting around that boardroom table, wishing we were anywhere but in this unnecessary meeting, listening to the boss or some other person drone on about stuff we already know or don’t really need to know.

It’s that this point that I am supposed to cut away from whatever vivid depiction of a complete waste of time I’ve drawn out and transition into a word of warning.

You know, you should probably listen to what I’m about to teach you, otherwise, the meetings you run could be just like this. Boring, useless, unproductive, and demoralizing to your team.

What’s sad though is that 90% (actually, since I’m making this stat up, let’s go with 99%), 99% of the advice that follows begins with this foundational point:

The first step to running a great meeting is to ensure the meeting is necessary. Define the purpose of the meeting and if you are an overachiever, write it down and meditate on it.

Now, I’m obviously poking fun at this advice for a reason, and it’s not because that’s bad advice. 

In fact, I agree, there are many meetings that appear to be run without a clear purpose and at best are simply unnecessary uses of time and resources.

The problem is, and you know this if you’ve ever run a meeting before, you ran the meeting because you thought there was a good reason for it!

I mean, let’s be honest, who has ever decided to run a meeting without an objective in mind? Who sat in their office and thought, I’m going to gather my team together for an hour and a half to intentionally waste their time.

No one!

So if everyone who runs a meeting runs a meeting with a purpose or objective in mind… why is this always the first piece of advice given? Why does every meeting expert start off by telling people, telling managers and leaders, to define a purpose for the meeting?

I don’t know, actually. Maybe the advice always starts off this way because most meetings aren’t run well, and it’s a really easy first step.

But instead of regurgitating the common top 10 tips on running a great meeting, I’m going to reverse engineer how to run a great meeting, and hopefully, provide you with some actionable advice you can walk away from this conversation with.

You ready? Let’s go.

How To Run a Great Meeting, Reverse Engineered (CONTINUE SHOW NOTES)

Apr 21, 2017

Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies.

As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World, and her writing has appeared in HBR,, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and others.

Lolly’s proprietary insights are the subject of her new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness.

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Apr 19, 2017

Dr. James Kelley is the Founder and CEO of Brave Endurance, a consultancy that assists organizations in gaining a better understanding of their employees’ well-being. He is also the host of the “Executives After Hours: Real Conversations with Leaders” podcast. James has developed strong partnerships around the world and brings them to the table when partnering with a client to enhance their well-being initiative. James brings a unique leadership style and perspective to the corporate well-being space, due to his marketing, research, and cultural experience.

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Apr 17, 2017

Do you want to make a great hiring decision? Use these 5 interview questions to ensure that you've got the right candidate.

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Apr 14, 2017

Gene Hammett is a writer, speaker, and strategic coach. He is the founder of and the host of the Leaders in the Trenches Podcast which is recognized as a top podcast for entrepreneurial leaders. Over 1 million people have listened to his podcast or used his materials to shift their inner game to create winning strategies. Gene’s specialty is helping leaders become THE choice rather than A choice in their market.

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Apr 12, 2017

Well isn't this embarrassing.

Episode 62 was supposed to be another epic interview and it was supposed to have been released this morning (Wednesday) at 4 AM MST... but it wasn't.

I'm... sorry?

Don't worry, I explain it all in this episode (if you can even call this an episode)

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Apr 10, 2017

Continuing the series on the Fundamentals of Management, this is the 3rd of 4 episodes on the topic of hiring!

As a former Recruiter, that means that I get the opportunity to summarize what I learned over 8 years of helping companies hire people. This is the 10-step plan that the best managers follow when hiring internally.

So if you are ready to hire? Well, here's your plan!

PLUS - check out the show notes for an epic resource / recruiting guide!

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Apr 7, 2017

Andy Paul is an Author, Speaker and Sales Acceleration Strategist. Andy writes and speaks on topics such as sales process, sales effectiveness, sales strategies, and sales productivity. Andy also hosts a top-rated podcast, Accelerate! Where he interviews the world’s foremost sales minds six times a week.

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Apr 5, 2017

Jay Irwin is an adventurous soul who is determined to inspire people through wilderness experiences. During a 23-year rewarding career in the computer software industry, Jay had the opportunity to lead and inspire companies to enhance their productivity and success through innovative software solutions. Jay is now the CEO of CBST Adventures, which is a company designed to utilize Experiential Leadership Development and Teambuilding to build better teams and empower leaders and managers to lead in a strong and more dynamic way.

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Apr 3, 2017

Continuing the series on the Fundamentals of Management, this is the second episode about "hiring".

Today I'll explain why the wrong candidates keep applying to your job postings.

  1. The biggest mistake hiring managers make with their job descriptions
  2. The real purpose of a job description
  3. What works, like step by step, how do you actually build an effective job description?

There is also a free PDF template to help you create a killer job description that you can turn into a job posting... a job posting that will attract the right candidates and deter the wrong candidates.

Get it all in the show notes!

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