This week’s Podcast Review is about the Good Manager Podcast.
Description: 25-35 minute podcasts, done primarily in monologue all aimed toward helping develop better managers. No fancy production, no music or commercials, just first person experiences of both good and bad management.
Comments: Most of the content is not very current from a calendar aspect, however it is very applicable to all managers. Management skills and abilities know no time boundaries. What is interesting is how each show is based on a recent personal experience. Here is a sampling of some show titles:
– Labor Costs as Measurement
– Management and Motivation
– Empowerment and Fun
– Short Term vs Long Term Thinking
– It’s the Managers Fault
One of the most interesting samples of management stupidity is how the author was recently fired. It may be the most mishandled firing I have ever heard of.
Pluses: I like the instant play of the audio, I like the first person stories that are used as management examples, both good and bad. The website is simple and basic, RSS subscriptions are easily available, search and monthly archives are available.
At times the honesty in the content is downright painful to listen to. You can feel the emotion in the voice.
Minuses: I could not find the authors name. I love the content but the verbal fillers are exhausting to the listener. (Uhhs, umms, etc.) Just a little practice would make this an superb, excellent show.
Recommendation: If you want to be a better manager give The Good Manager a listen.