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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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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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Mar 31, 2017

I've got a special announcement today that visual learners are going to love!

Yes, it's true. Your Best Manager TV is launching soon on YouTube and you get a sneak peak of Episode 1 on today's podcast.

I wanted to take some of the great content covered on the Your Best Manager podcast and make it more accessible, more consumable, and more shareable.

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Mar 29, 2017

In this episode, John Berling Hardy talks about the Circle Square Pattern and the opportunities for innovation and culture change that come from identifying and leveraging “The Outsiders” within your organization.

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Mar 27, 2017

We're talking today about when to hire. How to make the decision to hire someone and what to do before you even think of posting a job ad or clearing your schedule for interviews. It’s not as sexy as recruiting and hiring, but if you are someone who loves planning… well, maybe this is even sexier than recruiting, who knows!?

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Here’s the thing. Hiring someone isn’t cheap, it isn’t easy, and it doesn’t always make your problems go away.

But when your team is falling behind and when opportunities seem just out of reach, hiring someone can seem like a quick fix and just the thing you need!

As a manager, though, it’s not just your job to manage the people you have. It’s also your job to make good decisions about when, how, and who to bring onto your team.

So to help you with this decision-making process, I’m going to present 10 questions that you should ask before you make the decision to bring on a new employee.

These are the questions that the best managers answer before they even think about their recruiting strategy. These are the questions that when they aren’t answered lead to SO MUCH wasted time and sometimes… well, often, wasted money. You miss these questions, you could actually hurt your business and your team.

Here are the questions:

  1. What’s the business problem?
  2. What happens if this business problem is not addressed?
  3. Am I getting the most out of my team?
  4. What would I do if I couldn’t hire someone new?
  5. If I already had the person I want, what would they be doing right now?
  6. Who will train this person?
  7. How long can I wait?
  8. How much will this cost?
  9. What options do I have internally?
  10. What options do I have externally?

Download this list as a PDF checklist with space for notes!

Mar 24, 2017

"The future of work is about people. It's about the experiences that your people have and how to create an organization where the best people want to show up and give their all." - Jacob Morgan

Jacob Morgan is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and futurist who explores what the future of work is going to look like and how to create great experiences so that employees actually want to show up to work. He’s written three best-selling books which are The Collaborative Organization, The Future of Work, and most recently, The Employee Experience Advantage. In addition to speaking, Jacob frequently contributes to media and business publications such as Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, CNN and many others. And his work has been endorsed by the CEOs of Cisco, T-Mobil, Best-Buy, Schneider Electric, SAP, Nestle, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, KPMG, Whirlpool, among others.  

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Mar 22, 2017

Valerie Squires is a Certified Credit Professional, Credit and Collections Supervisor at RGO Office Products in Calgary, Alberta, and former Mayor of the Town of Irricana, Alberta. Valerie is also a Chartered Manager and the President of the Canadian Institute of Management, Southern Alberta Chapter, which is Canada’s senior management association, established in 1942 and dedicated to enhancing managerial skills and professional development.

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Mar 20, 2017

If your number one responsibility as a manager is to produce results... how do you actually do this?

Well, the answer is to strike a balance between driving those results and taking care of your people... but how do you actually do that?

In this episode, I explain how to provide shoulder-to-shoulder leadership and how managing from the front-lines and working side by side with your employees allows you to more effectively communicate and build quality relationships at the same time!

The Main Thing: Gain clarity on what’s expected and strike a balance between driving results and caring for people by working shoulder-to-shoulder, which allows you to communicate what’s expected, reinforce positive behavior, correct wrong behavior, and work in a space that allows you to be a more human leader! One that isn’t afraid to make mistakes and one whose vulnerability and authenticity leads to quality relationships… relationships that lead to increased employee engagement, productivity, and go figure… results.

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