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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May 31, 2017

Happy Wednesday Everybody!

And it is actually Wednesday, May 31st 2017 when I am recording this, and this episode is being released Wednesday May 31st 2017, which means I am recording this show extremely last minute.

But that’s partly by design, because I’ve got an exciting announcement to make and I wanted to make sure that it was actually ready before I put this show together!

Although to be honest, it would have been really nice if everything was ready about 8 hours ago.

Regardless, welcome to another episode of the Your Best Manager podcast!

I’m hijacking my own show today with a very short message instead of a leadership expert interview because I’m going to ask you to do something for me today and I didn’t want anything else to compete with this message.

And I’d like you to take action on what I am about to say, right now.

I’ve only mentioned this a few times on the podcast, but tomorrow is the official launch of the “What If” Project.

I’d like you to join me for it.

So click this link right now --> Join the "What If" Project: 30 Days. 30 Leadership Tips. 30 Opportunities.

You can watch a video there, enter your name and email address, and that’s it. You are done!

And while you are doing that, I’ll explain exactly what the “What If?” project actually is.

Essentially, it’s 30 days of free leadership development training.

Because the concept is… well, what if?

What if managers did just ONE thing, Every Day, to become a different kind of manager? Like, what if all it took to become a better leader was to do just one small thing, each and every day?

I can do one small thing every day. Everyone can do one small thing.

Big change can be daunting, but big change often happens through the snowball effective of small changes, of tiny little steps, over time.

So what I am doing is I am going to be sharing 30 leadership tips over 30 days. And these 30 leadership tips are primarily based off of conversations I’ve had with other leadership experts on this show.

And once you sign-up for the What If project, through this link --> Join the "What If" Project: 30 Days. 30 Leadership Tips. 30 Opportunities.

...You will get access to all of these 30 tips, which I’ll be delivering through short, 5-minute-ish, live videos, every day!

And, if you don’t use Facebook, don’t worry.

Although I’ll be doing these videos through Facebook live, I’ll also be emailing out the tip of the day, every day, and posting the video replays on my website afterward so that you don’t miss a thing.

Also, I am going to be hosting 4, 30-minute webinars through the course of the month on 4 topics, including performance management, employee engagement, recruiting and retention, and time management.

And even if you aren’t actually listening to this podcast episode on Wednesday May 31st… so even if it’s June 27th when you are listening to this episode, you can still sign-up, right now, and access everything.


There is a reward for those of you who sign-up earlier… like, the sooner, the better the reward… but I can’t tell you what that reward is, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.

Alright, so again… click this link (Join the "What If" Project) to sign up, join me every day for 30 days as I share some of the 30 best leadership tips I know (tips that are backed up by some of the incredible guests I’ve had on this show), and let’s get this snowball of leadership change rolling!

I can’t wait.

May 29, 2017

Many managers don't think that employee training is their responsibility... that maybe it's HR's job or corporates job, or even on the employee to figure it out on their own.

Other managers recognize the responsibility they have to ensure their people are trained properly, but when it comes to actually teaching new material? Well, they aren't very good at it.

Regardless of where you fall, I'll reinforce why it's your responsibility to be an effective trainer but I'll also share with you a 4-step employee training framework that just... works!

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May 26, 2017

"8 years later, I welcome failure!" - Sean Douglas

Sean Douglas is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a certified Master Resilience Trainer, and a professional Motivational & Inspirational Speaker. He enlisted in the Air Force in 2001 right after 9/11, has been deployed to multiple locations, and performed a multitude of duties all over the world. Sean spent four years as a Drill Instructor in Air Force Basic Training where he developed over 600 young men and women into military leaders. Not surprisingly, he is energetic and passionate about inspiring others to succeed. Sean’s interactive training develops the participants’ skills in the Mental, Physical, Social and Spiritual domains of Resilience, and leaves people better equipped to manage change effectively.

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May 24, 2017

“You’re not a manager to make friends, you’re a manager to help people be their best.” - Glenn Mattson

Glenn Mattson is a seasoned veteran of the selling profession. He’s personally built one of the leading franchises for Sandler Training with his office ranking consistently in the top 1% of trainers worldwide. His niche is working with financial services producers and field managers who want to shorten their selling cycles, grow their revenues and boost their team’s productivity and margins for profit. Among Glenn’s clients are MDRT as well as Court of The Table members who attribute a great deal of their success to the principles, practices and, above all, the accountability Glenn brings to their practice. Glenn is based in Long Island, NY but he’s usually ‘in the field’, working with clients all over the US to help them grow their business, revenues, and profits.

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May 22, 2017

While there are 5 reasons why you don't need to have a weekly staff meeting, there are 2 reasons why you need one... but maybe not just one. Maybe two.

Sound over the top?

Perhaps, but while most weekly staff meetings lower productivity and employee engagement, my non-conventional approach to weekly staff meetings improves communication and leads to motivated teams.

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May 19, 2017

It’s important from time to time to offer some differing perspectives on leadership styles and management styles that work really well within their context.

On today's show, I chat with Michael Mindes about a unique and non-conventional approach to leadership... that really works!

Michael Mindes is the Founder of a multi-award-winning company of hobby board games, which he grew from a side interest into a multi-million dollar business. Michael’s company, Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG), exists to heal the world by providing games that strengthen family unity, communication, and love. There is also a particularly interesting aspect to the way in which Michael runs his office based team. He has implemented a 'self-directed’ approach where there is no hierarchy and each team member is self-organized. It has proved to promote a happy, productive work environment and continues to make Michael’s business thrive.

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May 17, 2017

I chat with Kevin Kruse about employee engagement, leadership development, one-on-one meetings, and how managers can and should give feedback!

Kevin Kruse is the Founder & CEO of, a New York Times Bestselling Author, and the Host of the LEADx Podcast. After discovering the power of Wholehearted Leadership and Extreme Productivity, Kevin built and sold several, multimillion dollar technology companies, winning both Inc. 500 and Best Place to Work Awards along the way.

Kevin is also the author of several books including We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement, Employee Engagement 2.0, and 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management. He is a Forbes leadership columnist and was also named to the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders list by Trust Across America.

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May 15, 2017

On today's show, I discuss my new course (launching on all about hiring.

The Ultimate Manager's Guide to Hiring Great People: Find Applicants, Identify Promising Candidates, Screen & Interview Potential Employees, and Make Great Hiring Decisions.

I'll tell you why I created the course, what's included, and how you can get it for free... if you act fast!

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May 12, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Heather Havenwood about the gender gap, avoiding a victim mentality, embracing your strengths, and finding a career that... just... fits!

Heather Ann Havenwood, CEO of Havenwood Worldwide, LLC and Chief Sexy Boss, is a serial entrepreneur and is regarded as a top authority on internet marketing, business strategies, and marketing. Since marketing her first online business in 1999, bringing together clients and personal coaches, she has played an active role in the online marketing world since before most even had a home computer.

In 2006, she started, developed and grew an online information marketing publishing company from ground zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months. Heather has been named one of the Top 50 Must Follow Women Entrepreneurs for 2017 by the Huffington Post. She is also the author of Sexy Boss: How the empowerment of women is changing the Rule Book for Sex, Money, and Success.

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May 10, 2017

Darci Lang is an inspiring motivational speaker who specializes in assisting organizations by creating a new philosophy within the workforce - Focus on the 90% - affecting change, solutions, innovation, and leadership. She challenges participants to look in the mirror and reflect on the positives in life: what we have, what we can change, and how our focus affects those around us, at work and in our personal lives.

Darci is a professional speaker, a best-selling author, a blogger, a wife and a mom to two teenage children. She has won the Saskatchewan Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Achieving Business Excellence Award, been a finalist in the Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and nine other nationally recognized business excellence awards.

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May 8, 2017

Whether you are responsible for 50-60 employees or you only have 2-3 direct reports, quarterly meetings are incredible opportunities.

In today's episode, I'll teach you why a quarterly team meeting can be so valuable, the dangers of screwing it up, and I'll take you step-by-step through how to pull off and run an engaging, educational, inspiring meeting that will set the tone for high team performance.

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May 5, 2017

Lee Caraher is the Founder and CEO of Double Forte, a national public relations and digital media agency, based in San Francisco, that works with beloved consumer, technology, and wine brands. Lee is a highly sought after communications expert known for her business-building acumen and insights.

Lee is also an acclaimed author and speaker and a recognized expert on creating high performing, positive, intergenerational workplaces. Through her work, she shows companies how to embrace the qualities of different generations, and how to recognize the significant benefits of shifting the definition of company loyalty from a long tenure of employment to a lifetime of allegiance regardless of employment status.

Check out Lee’s most recent book, The Boomerang Principle: Inspire Lifetime Loyalty from Your Employees

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May 3, 2017


Dan Lok, A.K.A, The King of High-Ticket Sales, is one of the highest-paid and most in-demand consultants in the luxury and high-ticket space. Dan is the creator of High-Ticket Millions Methodology (™), the world’s most advanced system for getting high-end clients and commanding high fees with no resistance.

He works exclusively with business coaches, consultants, executive coaches and other service professionals who want a more sustainable, leveraged lifestyle and business through high-ticket programs and equity income.

Dan is one of the extremely rare keynote speakers and business consultants that actually owns a portfolio of highly profitable business ventures. Not only is he a two-time TEDx opening speaker, he’s also an international best-selling author of over 12 books and the host of the Shoulders of Titans show.

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May 1, 2017

One-on-One Meetings: What they are, why they are effective, and how to run them.

What is a One-on-One meeting?

Well, quite simply, a one-on-one meeting is a meeting between two people. The manager and the employee. But the key thing is that while it is your responsibility as a manager to organize, schedule, and ultimately ensure the meeting is a good use of time... it's not your meeting. It's your employee's meeting and it's your employee's agenda.

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