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Episodes 201-250

Resources

Episode 220: Methods for Robust Brainstorm Sessions

Brainstorming is a method of developing ideas in a group setting. It's used to solve problems, come up with new ideas, and generally explore possibilities. While it may seem like a simple task, there’s often much more than meets the eye when it comes to effective brainstorming. Working through various exercises helps you not only generate ideas but also deeply understand the situation you are looking at. This miniguide includes a list of prompts to help boost your brainstorming sessions. The full guide includes four additional approaches to enhancing brainstorming and a sample brainstorm meeting agenda.

Episode 216: Design the Optimal Team Meeting

Almost every team has had some sort of regular team meeting and yet many people complain that these team meetings are necessary, but not very meaningful. The time we spend with our colleagues is precious. Our team meetings are an opportunity to move work forward while strengthening the team. This miniguide includes an overview of 2 factors to consider when designing a team meeting and one example meeting structures, formats, and prework to consider using as a model for your team. The full episode guide includes 4 additional factors to consider when designing a team meeting along with 3 additional examples of team meeting structures.

Episode 212: Prepare for Vacation Time Out of the Office

While it’s supposed to be rejuvenating, taking time off can be quite stressful when you’re worried about work the whole time. Whether it’s returning to an overflowing inbox or concern for how your colleagues are getting on without you, stressing while away from the office (or worse, not taking time off!) is detrimental to your wellbeing. This mini-guide includes an excerpt of Principle #3 to help prepare well for vacations. The full guide includes 4 additional principles, plus more tips for Principle 3, to help you effectively prepare for time away. It also includes tips and a template for communicating tasks effectively to your team members so there's no confusion.

Episode 208: The Personal Instruction Manual

Most people have a general idea about how their colleagues or team members work best. You may occasionally pick up a random fact about a person's personality or work style, but it's rare to have the full picture. The result: we are frustrated by our coworkers because we don’t understand them and they don’t understand us. This miniguide includes an excerpt of the full self reflection questions used as part of the Personal Instruction Manual process. To get the full set of reflection questions and the PIM template, become a member at http://www.themodernmanager.com/join or purchase them at http://www.themodernmanager.com/shop.

Episode 204: How to Get and Stay Focused

We live in an age of distractions. No matter what we're doing, we are constantly at the mercy of internal and external distractions. These attention-breakers have serious consequences on our quality of work. The good news is that wish our growing knowledge of the brain and improved technology, there are specific steps we can take to increase attention and improve focus. This mini-guide includes the "focus matrix" with an excerpt of tips from one quadrant. The full guide includes tips and suggestions for how to focus from all four quadrants of the matrix.

Episodes 151-200

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Episode 200: Mamie's Favorite Takeaways from 200 Episodes

In episode 200, I share 6 of my favorite “lessons learned” from the past four years of hosting The Modern Manager podcast. While each guest has offered insights and wisdom from their years of experience, these six nuggets in particular have stuck with me. This episode guide includes support to implement one of 6 next steps. The full guide includes questions for reflection and suggested approaches for taking action on each of the 6 learning’s next steps. It also includes a bonus activity to help you make the most of The Modern Manager podcast.

Episode 197: Coordinating Synchronous and Asynchronous Communications

Communication is at the heart of collaboration. Any team, whether fully in-person, remote, or hybrid, needs to have effective communication processes. With technology advancing what’s possible, and teams evolving when, where and how they work, we need to actively design how we will communicate in ways that take advantage of new capabilities while streamlining and simplifying our systems so that they are sustainable. This mini-guide contains examples of the type of content you might include in your communications guide. The full guide contains a walk through of the 5 steps in the process for creating a communications guide with your team along with principles to consider as you decide on your tools, methods, and norms. It also includes suggestions for how to optimize various forms of synchronous and asynchronous communications and a short list of my favorite tools.

Episode 194: Build a Culture of Accountability

Episode 190: Influencing without Authority

Episode 186: Create an Actionable Individual Development Plan

Episode 182: Improve Your Executive Functioning Skills

Episode 178: What Are Executive Functioning Skills?

Episode 174: Managing a Remote or Hybrid Team

Episode 170: How to Hire Great People

Episode 166: Engage in Healthy, Productive Conflict

Episode 162: Five Approaches to Dealing with Conflict

Episode 154: The Differential of Managing Managers

Episode 158: Discover Your Optimal Work

Episodes 101-150

Resources

Episode 150: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Allyship

Episode 146: Preparing For A Productive Meeting

Episode 142: Ask Better Questions

Episode 138: Managing Four Types of Accountability

Episode 135: Daily Routines to Boost Productivity and Well-being

Episode 132: Understanding and Managing Emotions

Episode 128: Planning in a Time of Uncertainty

Episode 124: How to Make Better Decisions

Episode 120: How to Develop Effective Habits for Managers

Episode 116: Managing Change For Yourself and Your Team

Episode 112: How to Use Impact, Output, and Process Goals

Episode 108: Combat Unhelpful Cognitive Biases

Episode 104: Mapping Workflows for Greater Clarity

Episode 100: What is a Modern Manager?

Episodes 51-100

Resources

Episode 100: What is a Modern Manager?

Episode 96: Become a Virtual Team Overnight (1)

Episode 96: Become a Virtual Team Overnight (2)

Episode 92: Managing Disruptive Behaviors in Meetings

Episode 88: Models and Methods of Decision-making

Episode 84: Before You Create a Work Plan, Create a Project Profile

Episode 80: Shift Your Mindset and Start Delegating

Episode 76: Bring Team Values to Life

Episode 72: How to Create Team Values

Episode 68: Quickly Integrate a New Team Member

Episode 64: Establishing Team Email Practices

Episode 60: Habits and Principles to Manage Your Email Inbox

Episode 56: It All Boils Down to Psychological Safety

Episode 52: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Episodes 26-50

Resources

Episode 49: Engaging and Productive Virtual Meetings

Episode 47: Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout

Episode 45: Invest in Meaningful One-on-Ones

Episode 43: Learning from Experience Interviews

Episode 41: Redesign How Your Team Works

Episode 39: Motivating Your Team to Adopt New Behaviors

Episode 37: Defining Your Management Style

Episode 35: How to Evaluate Your Team’s Work

Episode 33: Do You Really Need That Meeting?

Episode 31: Planning Growth Goals for Your Team

Episode 29: Overcoming Common Challenges with Task Managers

Episode 27: Getting Started With A Task Manager

Episodes 1-25

Resources

Episode 25: Finding the Right Task Management App

Episode 23: Getting a Handle on Procrastination

Episode 21: Managing Meeting Follow-Through

Episode 19: Time Management Methods, Mindsets, and Approaches

Episode 17: Put Your Team First

Episode 15: Invest in Your Team

Episode 13: Essential Communication Skills

Episode 11: The Enjoyment Equation

Episode 9: Meaningful Appreciation

Episode 7: Strengthening Connections

Episode 5: Providing Autonomy that Works

Episode 3: Building a Culture of Respect

Episode 2: 8 Characteristics of a Rockstar Manager

Episode 1: Are you an Unintentional Manager?

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