Well Mark & Mike...
I have to say a BIG THANK YOU for Manager Tools Podcast. I would directly contribute my success over the past year to listening to them.
Back in November 2007 I applied for my first manager position as a team leader of 5 workers. The team had some serious team work and personality conflict issues to say the least. Through coaching/feedback and one on ones... I was able to boost moral and get the team back on track. Within 4 months I received a cash award for increasing production by over 50%. I was praise for my accomplishment and even told that I preformed a miracle.
Recently I applied for an even higher position as a Branch Chief. Today I found out that I got it.
The reason that I came to Manager Tools in the first place was that there was NO training in place for beginning managers... such as team leaders. Even though at times the podcasts seem like you were talking to executives, I took the aspects of each session and used it to the bitter end.
I have gone from a simple worker bee to middle level manager in less then 12 months.
Thanks again and keep up the great job of churning out these great podcasts.