Archive | September, 2012
Dan Schawbel specializes in management research and consulting on the important topic of Gen Y in today's workplaces -- including in management. He's the author of "Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future." Dan interviewed me via email for his column on Forbes.com. He posed some thoughtful questions, focused on the challenges of managing in today's economy, the benefits of social media in management, and tips for young managers. Since I teach about each of these topics, I was delighted and honored to reply. The interview began with the question: What does it take to be a happy manager in a bad economy? Click on this link for the answer and the rest my conversation with Dan. And here's a bonus link to Dan Schawbel's blog on personal branding.
I sometimes hear from people who tell me I drive to work with them, or join them on their daily jogs. These are people who have downloaded the free "What Great Bosses Know" podcasts from iTunes U. I began posting these short lessons for managers in January of 2010. Now, the library has grown to 120 different topics. According to Apple, the "What Great Bosses Know" podcasts have had some 8 million downloads, which really amazes me. It was the popularity of the podcasts that led me to write the book, "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW", so I could further develop the teaching, and provide quizzes, self-diagnostics and deeper content and context. If you look at the book's Facebook page, you will see comments from people who started their "great bosses" journey by listening to the podcasts. They then moved on to the book. Many of these are managers who are really committed to growing their leadership and management skills, often working in organizations that haven't provided training for them. Others have found the podcasts and the book to be a great addition to their training -- a kind of vitamin that keeps them healthy! They also tell me they can hear my voice when they read the book. That always makes me smile. This is the logo you'll see on iTunes U when you look for the podcasts. If you'd like to download "What Great Bosses Know" podcast library, it's pretty easy. Just click on this link and it will take you to directly there. I'd love your feedback. Feel free to post it here or get a conversation started on Facebook.
Listeners across Canada tuned in to the the CBC's popular show, "Cross Country Checkup" to hear host Suhana Meharchand and I discuss best and worst bosses. I provided advice to people with challenging bosses and discussed how today's managers can become much more effective. One key we discussed is the matter of trust -- and how great bosses build that trust with employees. When that exists, staffers are more open to trying new things, feel more motivated and don't want to let the boss down. If you'd like to listen to the program, here's a link that will take you to the CBC site, where you can tune in now or download the show for future listening. I know there must have been quite an audience the day of the broadcast, because "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" jumped into the Top 100 books on Amazon's Canada site, amazon.ca, shortly after the program! It also hit the top of the business/motivational management chart. Thanks, neighbors!
Are you an arrogant boss? What if you work for one? That was the core of the conversation on the Labor Day edition of the "Regina Brett Show" on WKSU, the Ohio NPR station. I appeared on the program with Professor Stanley Silverman of the University of Akron, who has recently published research on the problems caused by arrogant bosses. I was asked about a good number of aspects of "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" -- including the "Evil Twin" problem many bosses face. We also discussed the "20 Questions about Your Boss" exercise in the book that helps people do a better job of managing their bosses, both the great ones and those who, unfortunately, rank high on Dr. Silverman's arrogance scale. Here is a link to the program's web page, where you can hear or download the program.