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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Feb 8, 2017

Pete Mockaitis is an award-winning trainer who has served clients in over 50 countries. His work has enhanced Fortune 100 corporations, high-growth startups, and major nonprofits. He’s conducted one-on-one critical thinking coaching sessions for over 700 thinkers from every Ivy League University and numerous world-class organizations such as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Google, McKinsey & Company, and the United Nations.

Pete is also the host of the How to be Awesome At Your Job podcast where he grills thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance.

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Feb 6, 2017

Want to Motivate Millennials? Try Motivating Yourself First! There are three important questions asked during today's episode about leading millennials.

  1. What's Going Wrong?
  2. How do you Motivate Millennials?
  3. How do you Motivate Yourself?

That last one there is really the crux of the whole conversation because what starts out as a discussion about millennials and leadership... turns into some self-reflection and the reason why you're not motivated - fear. Fear of the unknown and fear to find out that your potential may not be that exciting.

However, this isn't a negative conversation. It's honest, but it's not negative. So there's an important call to action that's hinted at in the beginning and explained at the end of the show

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Feb 3, 2017

Richard Rierson has over 25 years of real-world, practical leadership experience as a U.S. Marine Corps Office, Professional Pilot, & Corporate Executive at the Vice President & Director level. Richard is the CEO and founder of Verum Communications and also hosts the Dose of Leadership podcast, which has been ranked by Fortune Magazine as a “Top-9 Business Podcast” and by Inc. Magazine as a “Top 100 Podcast”. The Dose of Leadership Podcast is the ultimate resource of inspiring and educational interviews with relevant and motivating leaders; real-life leadership and influence experts who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of truth, common sense, & courageous leadership. Through his podcast and leadership coaching, Richard helps leaders develop an authentic and courageous leadership presence; allowing them to be an influential and impactful leader in every aspect of their life.

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Feb 1, 2017

Andrew J. Sherman is a Partner and Chair of the Washington, D.C. Corporate Department of Seyfarth Shaw Limited Liability Partnership and He focuses his practice on issues affecting business growth for companies at all stages.

He has served as legal and strategic advisor to dozens of Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of emerging growth companies. He has represented U.S. and international clients from early stage, rapidly growing start-ups, to closely held franchisors and middle market companies, to multibillion dollar international conglomerates.

Andrew has written nearly 30 books on the legal and strategic aspects of business growth, franchising, capital formation, and the leveraging of intellectual property, most recently of which is his new book, The Crisis of Disengagement: How Apathy, Complacency, and Selfishness are Destroying Today’s Workplace.

And before we actually talk about this new book of yours, Andrew, why don’t you give us an overview of your career path and just how you got to where you are today... but I’m going to add a twist here if that’s alright, because I’d also like you to talk a little bit about what you’ve seen in your career that inspired you to write The Crisis of Disengagement.

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Jan 30, 2017

Most millennials managers have been leading people for less than 5 years, but are they set up to become better leaders than the Gen Xers or Baby Boomers? In today's episode, I take a look at some of the research on millennials in business and millennials in leadership and share my answer to this question...

What do you think? Join the conversation!

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Jan 27, 2017

Peter Docker is passionate about enabling people to be extraordinary so that they can do extraordinary things. Inspired by Simon Sinek’s theory of The Golden Circle, Peter works to help individuals and organizations harness the power of Why. He illustrates his insights by drawing on examples from his previous flying, military, and industry career to explain principles that can be applied in any business.

A leadership consultant and executive coach, Peter’s commercial experience extends across Europe, Middle East and Africa, North America, Latin America, India, and the Far East. He has engaged at senior levels with several of the world’s largest companies, developing an understanding of many diverse industries including oil & gas, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, banking, television, film and aviation.

Partnering with the “Start With Why” team since 2011, Peter works with organizations on longer-term engagements, delivers keynote talks around the world, and is a regular contributor to Simon Sinek’s blog and podcast series.

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Jan 25, 2017

Tanveer Naseer is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed leadership writer and keynote speaker. He is also the Principal and Founder of Tanveer Naseer Leadership, a leadership coaching firm that works with executives and managers to help them develop practical leadership and team-building competencies to guide organizational growth and development.

Tanveer is the recipient of several awards and recognitions as one of the leading writers in the leadership sphere, including being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts, earning a #3 ranking on HR Examiner’s Top 25 Online Influencers in Leadership, and ranked as one of the Top 15 Bloggers in the world.

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Jan 23, 2017

Today's episode is a review and reinforcing summary of the content covered during my free leadership training webinar, January 18th & 19th, titled 7 Reasons Why Your Best Employees Will Quit This Year (+7 Strategies to Retain Top Talent & Achieve Your Goals). While the 7 reasons why good people quit and the 7 strategies are listed and explained below, if you would like to receive the in-depth training, there is a webinar replay available for a limited time. If you have missed the free replay, please contact me and I'll see what I can do. If you are interested in some of the articles and research used for the presentation, please visit the employee retention resources page.

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Jan 20, 2017

Paul Smith is a popular keynote speaker and corporate trainer in leadership and storytelling techniques, a former executive and 20-year veteran of the Procter & Gamble company, and bestselling author of three books: Lead with a Story, Parenting with a Story, and Sell with a Story.

His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, THe Washington Post, PR News, CIO Magazine, Investors Business Daily, Marketing Research Magazine, the American Banking Journal, and London’s Edge Magazine, among others.

In his 20 years with Procter & Gamble, Paul held leadership positions in both research and finance functions, and most recently served as director of consumer and communications research. Prior to Proctor & Gamble, Paul was a consultant for Arthur Andersen & Company.

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Jan 18, 2017

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Show notes include resources mentioned during the live webinar: 7 Reasons Why Your Best Employees Will Quit This Year (+7 Strategies to Retain Top Talent & Achieve Your Goals)

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Jan 16, 2017

In anticipation of the upcoming free webinar, 7 Reasons Why Your Best Employees Will Quit This Year (+7 Strategies to Retain Top Talent & Achieve Your Goals), this episode discusses WHY retention is so important.

Although some attrition can be healthy and normal, there are significant consequences when you are faced with the unexpected resignation of one of your top employees.

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Jan 13, 2017

Pernille Spiers-Lopez is, together with her daughter, the co-founder of Good Life Designed and the author of Design Your Life. She is an international business leader with over 20 years executive experience and a unique focus on developing both business and people. Among several top executive positions she held the position as President and CEO for IKEA North America, global Chief HR Officer and was a member of the executive management team of the IKEA Group for 10 years.

In addition to her work with Good Life Designed, she is a Corporate and Non-Profit Director with a focus on Retail, Leadership, Strategy, Competence development, succession and compensation. She is currently on the board of directors for Meijer Corporation in Grand Rapids, Michigan,  ECCO USA, and Save The Children US & International.

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Jan 11, 2017

Victor Prince has over 20 years of private and public sector experience managing large teams (over 300 people), large budgets (over $100 Million Dollars) and Profit & Loss Commitments. His past roles include COO of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, strategy consultant with Bain & Company, online marketing executive with Capital One and a former member of DC Mayor Fenty’s Cabinet.

Victor is also a leadership author, trainer and speaker. His books include Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide their Teams to Exceptional Results and Executive Farm: A Leadership Fable.

Additionally, Victor teaches courses in leadership, strategic planning, structured problem-solving, effective communications and project management.

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Jan 9, 2017

Traditional goal setting doesn't work but it sometimes makes sense.

On today's episode, I break down traditional goal setting both corporately and individually and talk about alternatives and a 4 step process for actually accomplishing a goal.

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Jan 6, 2017

Jill Christensen is an Employee Engagement Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Keynote Speaker who has helped thousands of leaders and HR professionals improve business results by re-engaging employees. Jill has served as the head of Global Internal Communications at both Avaya and Western Union. She has a Six Sigma Green Belt and authored the best-selling book, If Not You, Who? Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement.

Jill is consistently rated among the top speakers at events she attends, and works with the best and brightest leaders around the world to improve productivity, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. Jill lives in Denver and is passionate about global travel, skiing, live music, extraordinary food and wine, volunteering, the NFL, balance, and Maine Coon Cats.

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Jan 4, 2017

We are continuing to talk through 10 Questions that will make you a better leader, instantly. Yes, 10 questions, that if you ask them, even the first time you ask them, your leadership will immediately improve.

And if you haven’t listened to Part 1, go back to Episode 20 and listen, because we covered the first 3 questions… and today, we are talking about questions 4 through 10.

As a quick reminder, these questions are part of my ebook, The Inquisitive Manager, which you can have for free just be showing up for my upcoming FREE live masterclass in just a couple weeks, titled, 7 Reasons Why Your Best Employees Will Quit This

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Jan 2, 2017

Good managers are inquisitive because they understand the power of asking good questions. You see, true leaders are experts at asking key open-ended questions and are able to dig into the nitty gritty with their team members without making them feel like they are being interrogated!

So let me ask you a closed-ended question. Are you an inquisitive manager? But here’s a better question. What is the most effective open-ended question that you ask your employees?

Maybe you can come up with a good question, but what if you had 10 or more questions that you were prepared to ask on a regular basis to get your employees thinking, sharing, and collaborating more? In fact, what if you developed your inquisitive manager skills to a point where a simple question could empower your team members?

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Dec 30, 2016

Maybe this was the year to forget. Maybe this was the year you lost your job, lost a loved one. Maybe you went through some financial struggles, some relationship challenges. Maybe you battled anxiety at work. Maybe you were overwhelmed by your responsibilities. Maybe your business suffered. Maybe you didn’t spend enough time with your family. Maybe you didn’t accomplish the things you wanted to. Or maybe you blinked and 2016 was just over.

But perhaps it was a great year for you. Maybe you got promoted this year? Landed your dream job, got married! Maybe you made some significant changes to your health or lifestyle. Maybe you traveled to new places. Maybe you finally got your finances in order or perhaps you bought a new house this year. Maybe you welcomed a new addition to your family… a child… or even a pet.

Regardless of how your year went, one of the nice things about this time of year is that it’s a time where we can reset and recharge. We get to clean those whiteboards, flip open a new calendar and welcome a world of possibilities on January 1st.

As it’s the time of year for goal setting and new year’s resolutions, I wanted to offer some considerations for you, a leader and a manager, as we cross the line from the year 2016 to 2017.

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Dec 23, 2016

I had a million thoughts run through my mind as I tried to find a way to connect people management with Christmas. For starters, I recognize that not everyone listening celebrates Christmas, and some may care less about this time of the year.

However, I celebrate Christmas, and regardless of where you stand on the holiday, it’s a holiday… and it’s an important one for me.

But I didn’t want to butcher the Christmas message by trying to slap some motivational quote or management principle on top of it, so I’ve decided to do something very simple today.

I’m not sure where or when you will be listening to this episode, but I’m also not sure how frequently the real Christmas story is shared out in mainstream media these days. So I thought for those of you who don’t know the “reason for the season”… or even those who do know it, maybe today would be a nice opportunity to just listen to that story and sit in wonder for a few minutes.

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Dec 21, 2016

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort. As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years, Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.

One of Lee’s major and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project.

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Dec 19, 2016

Are you afraid to fail? Are you afraid to set challenging goals or take risks as a leader or manager because you are worried about what other people think?

As Robert Kiyosaki said, “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success”.

In today's episode, I'm going to share a goal that I set... and missed. We'll also discuss when it's okay to fail and when it's not okay to fail... because if you aren't giving your best to what you do, then you kind of deserve the results you get.

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Dec 16, 2016

Shamir Ladhani is a Professional Engineer, a Stress and Human Performance Coach & Trainer, and provides management consulting to organizations. He received his Graduate Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary and has since held many senior-level positions, including as Vice President of ENMAX Power Corporation. Shamir has helped business owners reduce operating costs, enhance personal performance, overcome personal and staff challenges and improve their decision-making capability. He also helps people transform ‘fear into fuel’ so they can move through adversity quickly, efficiently and effectively.

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Dec 14, 2016

Barry Posner is the Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, where he served for 12 years as Dean of the School. Barry received the Association of Talent Development’s highest award for Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance. He has been named as one of the nation’s top management and leadership educators by the International Management Council, recognized as one of the Top 50 leadership coaches in America, ranked among the Most Influential HR thinkers in the world by HR magazine, and listed among the Top 75 Leadership and Management Experts in the world by Inc. Magazine. Barry is also the co-author (with Jim Kouzes) of the award-winning and best-selling leadership book, The Leadership Challenge.

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Dec 12, 2016

The majority of your employees are likely unmotivated and disengaged. It's a harsh reality that managers are facing today and it is one of the 3 reasons why employees underperform.

Through this episode, we are discussing the third reason for poor performance. Your employees don't care (Ouch). But here's the good news. Helping an employee overcome a lack of motivation is incredibly rewarding... and it's easier than you think!

Today you will learn why effective goal setting can help your employees become motivated and engaged (and ultimately improve their performance).

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Dec 9, 2016

Jim Rembach has worked very hard to become a better manager. Even as a strategic and tactical advisor, speaker, board member, and thought leader he tries to build on what he has learned and seeks what he should know. He is both a mentor and a student.

Jim is the Board Chair for Call Center Coach, a Call Center Leadership Council Member, CX Expert for the Customer Experience Professionals Association, and is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner. He is a contact center auditor and employee retention specialist who holds a US trademark for the “Servant Teamwork®” leadership and organizational transformation methodology. Jim is the SVP for Customer Relationship Metrics and the Principle for Beyond Morale. He’s also the host of the exhilarating and long-running, Fast Leader Show where you can listen to guests do the Hump Day Hoedown.

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