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Manager Tools is a weekly podcast focused on helping you become a more effective manager and leader. Each week we'll be talking about new tools and easy techniques you can use to help achieve your management and career objectives. If you're tired of a lot of management theory and would rather learn SPECIFIC actions you can take TODAY to improve your management performance, you'll enjoy the manager tools podcast.
Recent Episodes for Manager Tools
DATE: Mon, 27 Sep 2010
SIZE: 24.4 MB
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Managers and Governmental Politics Part 2

This cast concludes our discussion on how effective managers address governmental politics at work.

DATE: Sun, 19 Sep 2010
SIZE: 21.7 MB
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Managers and Governmental Politics Part 1

This guidance recommends how effective managers address governmental politics at work.

DATE: Sun, 12 Sep 2010
SIZE: 23.0 MB
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Succession Planning - Extending Your Network

This guidance recommends how to further your succession planning efforts by extending your network to your directs.

DATE: Tue, 07 Sep 2010
SIZE: 20.7 MB
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Effective Meetings Starter Model - Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on an even more basic model for effective meetings than in our original guidance.

DATE: Mon, 30 Aug 2010
SIZE: 21.4 MB
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Effective Meetings Starter Model - Part 1

This cast describes an even more basic model for effective meetings than in our original guidance.

DATE: Sun, 22 Aug 2010
SIZE: 21.4 MB
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One on Ones Work or Personal?

This guidance addresses how personal One on Ones ought to be should they be all about family and personal stuff, or just about work?

DATE: Sun, 15 Aug 2010
SIZE: 24.2 MB
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One On Ones Are Business Meetings

This guidance addresses questions about the purpose and value of One on Ones, particularly for those directs who challenge the need for them.

DATE: Mon, 09 Aug 2010
SIZE: 15.9 MB
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How To Handle Public Disagreement - Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on how to respond when someone disagrees publicly in an unprofessional way.

DATE: Mon, 02 Aug 2010
SIZE: 27.7 MB
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How To Handle Public Disagreement - Part 1

This cast describes how to respond when someone disagrees publicly in an unprofessional way.

DATE: Mon, 26 Jul 2010
SIZE: 24.0 MB
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Third Party Negative Feedback How To Decide

This cast describes how to decide whether or not to give feedback to one of your directs based on someone else's input.

DATE: Mon, 19 Jul 2010
SIZE: 16.7 MB
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Skip Level Feedback

This cast describes how to deliver feedback to skip level associates.

DATE: Mon, 12 Jul 2010
SIZE: 24.9 MB
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Calendar Control #1 Say No

This cast describes a simple technique for controlling one's calendar, thereby keeping more time available for primary objectives.

DATE: Mon, 05 Jul 2010
SIZE: 23.1 MB
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Assign Work AND Reporting

This guidance recommends assigning both the reporting of work and the work itself when delegating.

DATE: Sun, 27 Jun 2010
SIZE: 26.3 MB
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Praise In Public, Criticize In Private Is WRONG

This guidance disagrees with the old notion of praise in public, criticize in private, and recommends more effective behaviors.

DATE: Sun, 20 Jun 2010
SIZE: 28.0 MB
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Yes, Please Praise, Thank You

This guidance recommends how to deliver both praise and feedback (though not together), and why they are both valuable and completely different.

DATE: Mon, 14 Jun 2010
SIZE: 25.5 MB
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Feedback Public Or Private?

This guidance describes whether or not to give feedback in public, or in private . . . or neither.

DATE: Mon, 07 Jun 2010
SIZE: 17.5 MB
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Feedback Immediacy

This cast describes WHEN to give feedback. How fast is too fast? How slow is too slow?

DATE: Mon, 31 May 2010
SIZE: 19.9 MB
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When NOT To Give Feedback - Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on some situations where feedback isn't appropriate, because the error/mistake/infraction is so egregious, encouragement of effective future behavior isn't enough.

DATE: Sun, 23 May 2010
SIZE: 22.8 MB
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When NOT To Give Feedback - Part 1

This cast describes some situations where feedback isn't appropriate, because the error/mistake/infraction is so egregious, encouragement of effective future behavior isn't enough.

DATE: Mon, 17 May 2010
SIZE: 16.7 MB
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Small Company Systems The Rule of 150, Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on the Rule of 150, how it affects the growth of small companies and organizations, and how to address it.

DATE: Mon, 10 May 2010
SIZE: 24.0 MB
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Small Company Systems The Rule of 150, Part 1

This cast describes The Rule of 150, how it affects the growth of small companies and organizations, and how to address it.

DATE: Mon, 03 May 2010
SIZE: 20.3 MB
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How To Choose What To Delegate

This guidance describes how to choose what to delegate using a simple Venn Diagram the intersection between the direct, the manager, and the organization.

DATE: Mon, 26 Apr 2010
SIZE: 30.2 MB
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Influence Through Verbal Commitments - Part 2

The conclusion of our recommendations on how to influence others by asking for verbal commitments.

DATE: Sun, 18 Apr 2010
SIZE: 24.3 MB
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Influence Through Verbal Commitments - Part 1

In this recommendation, Manager Tools describes how to influence others by asking for verbal commitments.

DATE: Mon, 12 Apr 2010
SIZE: 22.5 MB
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LinkedIn For Managers - Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on LinkedIn and what it means for Managers.

DATE: Mon, 05 Apr 2010
SIZE: 25.4 MB
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LinkedIn For Managers - Part 1

This cast reviews our recent Career Tools guidance on LinkedIn, as well as highlights LinkedIn's recent Fortune magazine cover story, and recommends some basic LinkedIn behaviors for managers.

DATE: Mon, 29 Mar 2010
SIZE: 33.3 MB
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Rolling DOWN The Trinity

This cast describes one way to help your directs when they are managers to begin using the Manager Tools Management Trinity: One on Ones, Feedback, Coaching, and Delegation.

DATE: Mon, 22 Mar 2010
SIZE: 32.1 MB
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The Manager Tools Promotion Standard: 150% - Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on a more effective way to set standards for getting one of your directs promoted.

DATE: Sun, 14 Mar 2010
SIZE: 21.1 MB
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The Manager Tools Promotion Standard: 150% - Part 1

This cast describes a more effective way to set standards for getting one of your directs promoted.

DATE: Mon, 08 Mar 2010
SIZE: 33.3 MB
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Delegate Your Reporting - Part 2

We conclude our conversation on how and why to delegate almost all of your routine reporting to your directs.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
SIZE: 22.5 MB
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Delegate Your Reporting

This cast describes how and why to delegate almost all of your routine reporting to your directs.

DATE: Sun, 21 Feb 2010
SIZE: 39.8 MB
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High D Manager Simple Downfall

This cast addresses a behavioral change for an insidious practice of High D Managers: always putting results in front of relationships. People MATTER!

DATE: Sun, 14 Feb 2010
SIZE: 36.6 MB
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High S Manager Simple Downfall

This cast addresses a behavioral change for an insidious practice of High S Managers: overprotecting your team.

DATE: Sun, 07 Feb 2010
SIZE: 20.2 MB
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Intra-Company Training Network Building

This cast recommends building relationships internally at your organization when you attend training events.

DATE: Mon, 01 Feb 2010
SIZE: 40.9 MB
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Managing Cultural Diversity - The Wendii Curve

This cast describes Manager Tools' first principle about managing directs from different cultures, based on the Wendii curve.

DATE: Sat, 23 Jan 2010
SIZE: 36.3 MB
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How To Manage An Arrogant Producer

This cast addresses how to manage a high performer who is arrogant or dismissive of others.

DATE: Mon, 18 Jan 2010
SIZE: 40.5 MB
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How To Stop Gossip

This cast addresses how to stop intra-office gossip.

DATE: Mon, 11 Jan 2010
SIZE: 30.1 MB
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The High I Manager Simple Downfall

This cast addresses a behavioral change for an insidious practice of High I Managers: starting well and ending poorly.

DATE: Mon, 04 Jan 2010
SIZE: 33.9 MB
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Developing Subordinate Managers - Chapter 1

This cast describes the first principle of how to develop subordinate managers - Measure Basic Behaviors.

DATE: Mon, 28 Dec 2009
SIZE: 32.8 MB
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Coaching/Feedback Template For Presentations

This cast provides guidance on giving feedback when coaching directs on their presentation skills, AND a detailed template managers can use when doing so.

DATE: Mon, 21 Dec 2009
SIZE: 19.8 MB
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Favorite Candidate Interview Preparation - Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on how to increase the chances that you will get to hire your favorite candidate when he or she has to interview elsewhere in the organization.

DATE: Mon, 14 Dec 2009
SIZE: 27.8 MB
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Favorite Candidate Interview Preparation - Part 1

This cast describes how to increase the chances that you will get to hire your favorite candidate when he or she has to interview elsewhere in the organization.

DATE: Sun, 06 Dec 2009
SIZE: 27.6 MB
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High C Manager Simple Downfall - Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on a behavioral change for an insidious practice of High C Managers: finding fault with recommendations and ideas.

DATE: Mon, 30 Nov 2009
SIZE: 33.8 MB
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High C Manager Simple Downfall - Part 1

This cast addresses a behavioral change for an insidious practice of High C Managers: finding fault with recommendations and ideas.

DATE: Sun, 22 Nov 2009
SIZE: 33.5 MB
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The One On One Refresh

This cast describes how to refresh your One on Ones with your directs after you've been doing them for 1-2 years.

DATE: Mon, 16 Nov 2009
SIZE: 35.2 MB
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My Boss Skips Me

This cast describes how to work with a boss who repeatedly skips over a manager and works directly with your directs (his or her "skips").

DATE: Mon, 09 Nov 2009
SIZE: 26.2 MB
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Owning The Inputs - Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on handling a direct who blames another direct for their failure to deliver a task on time.

DATE: Sun, 01 Nov 2009
SIZE: 18.5 MB
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Owning The Inputs - Part 1

This cast recommends how to handle a direct who blames another direct for their failure to deliver a task on time.

DATE: Mon, 26 Oct 2009
SIZE: 28.6 MB
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Managers and Confidentiality

This cast recommends how managers handle requests for confidentiality from their directs.

DATE: Mon, 19 Oct 2009
SIZE: 25.3 MB
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The Management Trinity - Part 3

In this cast, we conclude our conversation on the origins of the Management Trinity, focusing on Coaching and Delegation.

DATE: Mon, 12 Oct 2009
SIZE: 28.2 MB
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The Management Trinity - Part 2

In this cast, we continue our conversation on the origins of the Management Trinity, focusing on One on Ones and Feedback.

DATE: Mon, 05 Oct 2009
SIZE: 31.0 MB
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The Management Trinity - Part 1

This cast describes the origins of the Management Trinity: why we preach it, and how it came to be.

DATE: Mon, 28 Sep 2009
SIZE: 31.1 MB
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Timely Meetings Part 2

This cast concludes our conversation on how to run timely meetings.

DATE: Sun, 20 Sep 2009
SIZE: 25.8 MB
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Timely Meetings Part 1

This cast describes how to run timely meetings.

DATE: Mon, 14 Sep 2009
SIZE: 22.4 MB
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The First Question In Your One on One

This cast describes how to start every One on One.

DATE: Mon, 07 Sep 2009
SIZE: 19.8 MB
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Admin Trip Folders Part 2

This cast concludes our discussion on a standard practice of administrative assistants helping managers prepare for business travel.

DATE: Mon, 31 Aug 2009
SIZE: 26.0 MB
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Admin Trip Folders - Part 1

This cast describes a standard practice of administrative assistants helping managers prepare for business travel.

DATE: Mon, 24 Aug 2009
SIZE: 27.3 MB
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Direct Relationships Acid Test

This cast prescribes asking your directs what their children's names are.

DATE: Mon, 17 Aug 2009
SIZE: 27.6 MB
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Quick and Dirty Choosing a Number Two

This cast describes a quick and dirty way to choose an interim replacement or number two for your role as manager.

DATE: Sun, 09 Aug 2009
SIZE: 36.5 MB
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Project Manager Feedback

This cast describes how give feedback to a project team member if you are a project manager.

DATE: Mon, 03 Aug 2009
SIZE: 37.0 MB
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Team Formation How Big?

This cast describes how big to size a team when forming it.

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