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Podcast Review: The Good Manager Podcast

Podcast Review

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.

3 Responses to “Podcast Review: The Good Manager Podcast”

  1. Chris Says:

    I agree with you, Steve. That story about the firing was a prime example of incredible stupidity. Did anyone in the organization KNOW anything? Seems they all played the clueless card rather than showing respect.

    And what message does this send to the replacement? Is that what you have to look forward to someday? Geez. I had a similar experience many years ago at a company I worked for. Someone in the office took a telephone call from a temporary agency. The agency was looking for information to provide to the “new girl” arriving next week.

    Everyone in the office was in a snit because of this telephone call. Is it me, is it you, is it the girl who started here a couple months ago – who is it? The question went unanswered for almost an entire week, and I must say, it didn’t do any of the girls any bit of good that week to have that hanging over their heads.

    Turns out. . .it was the girl who answered the phone – she was speaking to her replacement! What a blunder. The best part??? They asked the girl being fired to stay an additional two weeks to train her replacement for the company!!

    Shortly thereafter, morale within the office saw a rapid decline as the remaining employees now looked at management with disrespect. The lack of respect shown to that employee sent a clear message to the rest of us — your not safe here. Management is not to be trusted. And it became a situation of “us against them.”

    Not really an atmosphere that you enjoy entering everyday. Going to work after that happened was painful for the rest of the girls in the office and the relationship between management and the staff was never the same again. You could cut the tension with a knife.

  2. Amanda Says:

    I can totally relate to his feeling used and manipulated by an employer. About 2 years earlier the company was bought out by another couple and I could tell they didn’t want me as the office manager anymore. They wanted full control themselves which would have been fine with me if they had just came & told me. I would have gladly went back to my regular position at a lower salary.

    I could tell they were just waiting for me to screw up instead of just being honest and firing me. Instead, they took the easy way out when a client wrecked into my car in the parking lot. They were upset that I called the police to file a report and found out later that the woman was driving on a suspended license for several DUI’s. Even though I never called off, came in sick, never was late; I was fired for filing a police accident report. It was a slap in the face after 7 years.

    Luckily, I had seen it coming and took all of my personal notes home months before. I was damned if I was going to “help” anyone figure out how to do my job.

  3. EJMalyn Says:

    I don’t think there is a person out there who can not relate to this. A slap in the face and eye opener at the same time.

    I worked for a company for 11 years and one eveing had some really out of control customers in the place, throwing food, calling employees names, threating to wait for employees out side of work. The manager on duty well aware of what was happening refused to do anything. I took it upon myself to make that call to the police and was fired for doing so. They fired eight of us, all witnesses to their out of control behavior.

    Bottom line. I sued the company for failure to repond to a happening that put us, the employees in harm’s way. The company settled out of court. I loved knocking down a big corp. and just proving too them that the customer in not always right and that the employee does have a few avenues to go down when things are not done properly and legally. Oh yes, the manager on duty was fired. I’m sure now that he wishes he would have been one of those better managers.

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