Manager Tools "Basics"

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Now that we've been producing weekly podcasts for almost 7 years, new listeners to the show are often confused (understandably so) on where to start. What are the foundational podcasts, the core principles that underly the Manager Tools philosophy?

We've listened and here it is! The definitive list of the "must listen to" podcasts. If you're a new listener, these are the podcasts you need to listen to.

Every Manager Effective

RSS Feed

And here is the link to the RSS feed with these podcasts only: http://www.manager-tools.com/podcasts/basics-rss.xml

For iTunes users, click here to visit the iTunes podcast page and add to iTunes:

Enjoy!

Related Documents

During the Basics casts, we refer to a number of useful documents or forms you can use. You'll find them here.

One on Ones

One on Ones are the core of The Management Trinity. Effective Managers know that to achieve exceptional results, we must create relationships with each of their directs. To do THAT, we must spend time every week focusing on the direct and their work.

Virtually everything Manager Tools recommends is built upon a firm relationship with one's directs, and the best way we know to make that happen is One on Ones.

Start Here. You don't have to do anything else for 2 months besides One on Ones. It will change your managerial life.

One on Ones - Part 1


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One on Ones - Part 2


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One on Ones - Part 3


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One on Ones, Questions


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Feedback

As a manager, you're responsible for the results that your team produces. Results are nothing more than the aggregated behaviors of everyone who works for you. So, effective managers know that we've got to have a way to talk to our directs about their behaviors. The Feedback Model gives us the way to do it.

It's simple, direct, and easy to learn. Managers who adopt this Manager Tool get more effective results from their teams more quickly.

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Feedback - Part 2


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Feedback - Part 3


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Feedback - Part 4


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Feedback, Revisited


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Improve Your Feedback with DiSC


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Coaching (2 Shows)

As a manager, you're responsible not only for results, but also for improving results over time. That means you're responsible for improving the skills - the behaviors - of your team. Feedback gets you started, and Coaching helps everyone on your team improve.

If you haven't had a good experience with coaching, it's because you've been misled about how hard it is. But with the Manager Tools Coaching Model, you can coach everyone on your team in 5 minutes per week during your One on Ones.

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Delegation

Delegation is the quiet 4th member of The Manager Tools Effective Manager Trinity. Effective Managers delegate routinely, because they not only know how (described here), but also because they understand that delegation is a key engine of corporate profitable growth. Adding more people when you have more work isn't as effective as growing the team you already have.

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Delegation - Part 2


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The Juggling Koan


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Rolling Out the Manager Tools Trinity (4 shows)

We've been asked a thousand questions about what to do and when to do it when it comes to the Management Trinity, and we've finally gotten frustrated enough to do something about it. We assumed that a lot of the ideas we're going to share here just made sense, and managers were taking the parts of the Trinity step by step, mastering each one, and adding new parts as they were able.

And then we got an email complaining that putting ALL FOUR of the Trinity in place all at once was "JUST TOO HARD".

And, that listener was right – it was too hard – and we weren't helping by not sharing our guidance. We've shared these ideas with hundreds of corporate client managers…and now it's time to share it with everyone.

Step by step, here's how you do it. If you ask us, if there WERE a Manager Tools Hall of Fame (HOF), this cast would be in it.

Rolling Out The Trinity - Part 1


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Rolling Out The Trinity - Part 2


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Rolling Out The Trinity - Part 3


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Rolling Out The Trinity - Part 4


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Running Effective Meetings (3 shows)

Every Effective Manager knows how to run a solid meeting. You've been to bad meetings - they start late, finish late, get little done, and a few people talk about stuff that isn't on the agenda. That doesn't happen if you run your meetings this way - at least in part because we tell you what an agenda IS. If you're thinking this sounds old fashioned, this is how Google runs their meetings.

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Effective Meetings, Part 3


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Other

Solution to a Stalled Technical Career

If you're a technical person, you've surely wondered about your career path, and how to ensure you're getting the most out of your work life. This cast takes a different approach than most in the IT world - it starts with building relationships with folks on the business side (gasp). It works - ask your bosses.


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Every Manager Effective

Great idea! Many of us are MT

Great idea! Many of us are MT evangelists and this will provide a great first step for those referred to the site.

Agreed! Thanks for putting this

Agreed! Thanks for putting this together. So many of us refer people here and now we can point them right to the basics page!

for those of us who already downloaded

for those of us who already downloaded every MT podcast available, is there a way to make this "basic" shows into a playlist instead of a RSS feed? (to avoid double space in the hard disk)

I envy those just now discovering

I envy those just now discovering Manager Tools. I remember when I first found your podcast, I was like a kid in a candy store, listening to 5 casts a week. 'M-T Basics' provides a nice foundation--there are a few I might add, but none I would remove.

heam711220, You could open the file

heam711220,
You could open the file where your podcast files are stored (on my PC, the file is located by going to MY MUSIC --> ITUNES MUSIC --> PODCASTS --> MANAGER TOOLS). Once you're in the folder, you can create a playlist in ITunes and drag the files that you wish into it.

Hope this helps,
Mike

heam711220, Of course, MichaelM's

heam711220,

Of course, MichaelM's suggestion will work if you would like to create a playlist from the files you've already downloaded; unfortunately, I don't know of a method for creating the equivalent of a "playlist" RSS feed. Sorry!

Mike

There is a simpler way in iTunes,

There is a simpler way in iTunes, actually.

Just drag some episodes from the podcast area in iTunes to a free area in the playlists part on the left side and iTunes will create a new playlist automatically. (Or you could create the playlist first and then drag the episodes to it.)

Bye,
Martin

Thanks for the iTunes link, guys. I

Thanks for the iTunes link, guys. I have been wanting to listen to these but my only available time is on the road! Keep up the good work, its great "stuff"!

Jeff

Thanks, I did what nogger suggested.

Thanks, I did what nogger suggested. Worked great.

Nice Work. I was just contemplating my

Nice Work. I was just contemplating my own "MT Greatest Hits" playlist. :-)

Thank you so much!! I have been trying

Thank you so much!! I have been trying to get the basics down by listening to what I thought were the core components of your content. (Getting distracted by every second cast along the way...you guys do great work!)

This will finally let me get up to full speed, in the correct order....

Thanks again.

Thank you - this is an excellent way to

Thank you - this is an excellent way to introduce MT to others.

A suggestion - could you put a direct link to this page on your Resources drop down or some other place so that it can be easily found?

I just added this to my iTunes and have

I just added this to my iTunes and have a request - is there someway that you can code the rss/itunes feed so that the podcasts appear in the same order as on this page?

Thanks for providing these casts...

Hi Lionel Reordering the casts in

Hi Lionel

Reordering the casts in iTunes is easy. You just rename the files and put an ordering code in front of them. For example, for one on ones, rename them 01- One on Ones podcast 1a, 02 - One on Ones podcast 1b, 02 - One on Ones podcast 2... or whatever ordering series you find works for you

Wouldn't it make a lot more sense to

Wouldn't it make a lot more sense to just put together a playlist and share it?

doh . . . pardon my 'High D' comment

doh . . . pardon my 'High D' comment above . . .

High D comments are fine :-) I found

High D comments are fine :-)

I found that ordering the podcasts by date with the oldest on top works reasonably well. A playlist would be better but this is adequate (or as some would say "good enough for government work"

Hi Skwanch High D comments are fine.

Hi Skwanch

High D comments are fine. You might choose to offer your (very good btw) solution slightly differently. Or you might not. For example "Did you know you can drag and drop your podcasts into a playlist and that will give you the ordering you desire?" is a sweet answer.

I did not think to try that until you mentioned it. Works beautifully. Thanks!

I can see the value of having the

I can see the value of having the podcasts in the RSS feed in the same order as they are listed here. If I get some extra time, I'll try fixing that. Unfortunately, it requires "hand coding" of the RSS feed vs. merely tagging the appropriate podcasts. It's on the list ... but to be honest, not REAL high on the list currently. ;-)

Mike

Previously I've had to list these for

Previously I've had to list these for friends. Now I can send them the link. Thanks for setting it up as an RSS feed as well.

Thanks (again).

Hello, just a quick "Thank you" for

Hello, just a quick "Thank you" for your web site. I've been scavenging the internet for sites that provide useful, real life tools for managers as I'm starting in a couple of weeks time in my first sales management role. I must say that I have found this to be the most useful site, bar none...especially the podcasts. Thanks again, your time in putting these useful tools together is greatly appreciated.

Kate
New Zealand

[...] The smart folks over at Manager

[...] The smart folks over at Manager Tools were nice enough to put their tips for management basics podcasts all on 1 page so if you’re new to management, you can find what you need in 1 easy location.The 5 areas Mark Horstman and Michael Auzenne discuss are what they feel are the most important parts of management: [...]

In the iTunes feed, it seems that the

In the iTunes feed, it seems that the feedback part 3 is missing - am I missing something?

digin, The 3rd feedback podcast is

digin,

The 3rd feedback podcast is titled "Improve Your Feedback"

Mike

Thanks for checking it out. I looked

Thanks for checking it out. I looked again, and I think I read the 3rd feedback as the second one.

I still think there is something amiss though. This page has 16 casts, the feed has 15 casts - the missing one seems to be Feedback 2 (Feedback Revisited) - the one on the 10/10/2005.

digin, I apologize ... you are so

digin,

I apologize ... you are so right! I've corrected the feed and it should now contain ALL the casts above.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

best regards,
Mike

[...] Another key to an effective Time

[...] Another key to an effective Time Management?? Delegation! [...]

I liked the sessions on one-on-ones.

I liked the sessions on one-on-ones. I'm using these to work with my manager as well. But my manager is remote - as well having our team split across 3 countries. (Our company is spread across multiple locations, countries, timezones, etc.) I don't know him well and we have little face-to-face interaction - maybe 2 hours in the last 6 months. What would you alter or add for my dealing with him or a manager dealing with remote employees? I save all my comments for our one-on-one but that essentially means that I only talk to him for that time once a week. I'm pretty independent but don't feel connected.

[...] Professional executives and

[...] Professional executives and managers are responsible for establishing and reinforcing a culture of accountability and effectively leading execution of the organization’s processes. StrategyDriven contributors like Manager Tools podcasts because each of these approximately 30 minute discussions provides a clear, step-by-step method executives and managers can immediately implement to increase their organization’s accountability and their leadership effectiveness. We particularly encourage all of our readers to listen to the Manager Tools Basics podcast series focused on feedback, one-on-ones, coaching, delegating, and conducting meetings. [...]

Hi, I am new to MT and I want to

Hi, I am new to MT and I want to download all the basics. I am not that familiar with Itunes, I clicked the link at the top, but it only download "The Juggling Koan". How do I get the rest of them?

This is great. I was a moderately late

This is great. I was a moderately late comer to your podcast, about a year now. You don't mention here that there are paper tools that you offer, which go with these podcasts. People will still need to dig through the archives to find the show notes. That's the only way I've found to get things like the meeting agenda template, coaching card, and other useful, non-premium tools.

Manager Tools is excellent by the way. I've been in the adult education business for almost 20 years (agriculture, not technology or management per se). I think MT is a model for modern "Life Long Learning." Podcasts, forums, conferences, "paper" (premuim content) all working together. You've got a very cool integrated package.

CCext- Thanks for the great comments

CCext-

Thanks for the great comments - glad we're helping you learn and grow.

Mark

charon54, I had the same issue.

charon54,

I had the same issue.

I went back into iTunes, chose Podcasts under Library, went to the 'Manager Tools "Basics"' podcast, and clicked "Get All". It then downloaded the remainder of the "Basics" podcasts.

Hope this helps,

John

Hi I'm having the same problem as a

Hi
I'm having the same problem as a few others - only getting 'the juggling koan' when I click on the RSS feed or the i-tunes feed. In i-tunes its not giving me the 'get all' option either

any others tips out there appreciated?

Thanks
Suzy

Excuse the last mailing - I have

Excuse the last mailing - I have realised my error and if anyone else is having the same problem it is just due to the little arrow next to where it says Manager Tools 'Basics' in i-tunes. When it points down you see the whole list!
Magic!!

Guys, I have just discovered

Guys, I have just discovered podcasting, we are a little slow over here in Ireland!... and to add to the pleasure I find your shows.
Now on my 2 hour commute into Dublin I listen to you, every word is like a breathe of fresh air

Thank you guys for the shows, they are a pleasure to listen to and a joy to implement...i love them!

Mark

Mark- It's OUR pleasure. Glad we're

Mark-

It's OUR pleasure. Glad we're helping.

It's a privilege to serve you on your commute.

Mark

Thank you a thousand times over. I

Thank you a thousand times over. I joined for the Interview series which has been tremendously helpful. Not that worried about my next interview anymore I have started to venture out into the other areas.

So much to learn and I use every chance to take advantage of the wealth of information.

For those that download the podcasts I bought a little FM transmitter ($25) that plugs into the headphone jack. I can now listen to the podcasts on my drives everywhere and still be aware of the rest of the world.

This is great stuff!!
Kevin Sweeney

Kevin- Glad you're with us and we're

Kevin-

Glad you're with us and we're helping you.

And to think we have 20 years to go!

Mark

Not just for new listeners. I would

Not just for new listeners. I would suggest that it's a great refresher for those that have been listening for a while. A great opportunity to take stock of how you're doing it and hone your skills from the basics up.

Hi guys, I am currently on a manager

Hi guys, I am currently on a manager training programme and am finding your podcasts an invaluable tool in helping me develop myself and change my mindset into that of a manager. Even though I do not yet have directs i know that one day i will, and I know that all of the subjects will come up at some point during my career! I know that when situations arise in the future that the topics and casts WILL be revisited.

I just wanted to thank you for taking the time and the energy to produce these shows. It is very much appreciated.

Thanks, Anthony ... your comments are

Thanks, Anthony ... your comments are very much appreciated!

Mike

Hi Mark and Mike, this is an amazing

Hi Mark and Mike, this is an amazing resource and much apprececiated.

Thanks.

I do have a small technical issue I was hoping someone could help me with - I am an itunes user and can't get your 'basics' casts. I have tried the link but only get "The Juggling Koan". I am really looking forward to immersing myself in the trinity casts.

Also, is there any way you could make all of your archive podcasts available on itunes?

Please ignore the the 'juggling koan'

Please ignore the the 'juggling koan' issue above - I just read an earlier post explaining how to get them all.

I'm looking forward to getting to grips and using the 'basics'.

Thanks!

Just wanted to say thank you. I've been

Just wanted to say thank you. I've been working at different small non-profit museums (>$300,000 op budget) for 15 years. Although I'm really good at the technical stuff - fundraising and programs - have not been able to create a team feeling. I'm encouraged that your advice will help. Thanks again.

Mike & Mark, My husband discovered

Mike & Mark,

My husband discovered your podcasts for me, and he was absolutely right in that I love them. I'm in a non-managerial administrative position which means that my boundaries are a bit blurred. I'm responsible for giving feedback and coaching to people that are not my directs. Officially, I have no directs. Your casts have great information that can be adjusted for people in my position.

I've been sharing your site with my co-workers (who are managers) as I belong to a very team-oriented group. They're aware that I'm an aspiring manager, and I've been requesting their feedback. My behaviors up until now have been guess-work, so as a high-D, high-C, I'm very grateful to you for the structure and detail.

As a mother of 5, I'm thrilled to have a few new techniques to try to reduce the "insanity" in my home. That feedback model is so non-threatening. My kids may actually respond.

Thanks!

MKobayashi- We're thrilled you're

MKobayashi-

We're thrilled you're with us!

The feedback model works great on kids (but not spouses).

It's a privilege to serve you,

Mark

Mike / Mark I have a technical

Mike / Mark
I have a technical problem, please help. I have somehow deleted the file for the 1st podcast on one-on-ones. My i tunes reflects the name of the cast but does not allow me to redownload. I have tried downloading from the site but only get it in pop up version. How can I get it back in my permanent library?

nevilled, If you refresh your

nevilled,

If you refresh your listing, you should be good to go. Instructions on how to do so are listed here: http://www.manager-tools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=26441#26441

Mike

Please consider adding the "Rolling out

Please consider adding the "Rolling out the Manager-Tools Trinity" casts to this list.
When I point people to the site, I recommend they start with the Basics.

The Rolling Out casts really help to put it all together and show the importance of the sequence of doing O3s first, starting with positive feedback, etc.

The Conference did that for me as well, but that is not as accessible for everyone.

Mark and Mike, keep it up! - It's all Good.