Manager Tools

Reviews For Manager Tools

I love starting my work commute each Monday morning with a new Manager-Tools episode. This is targeted, useful and entertaining stuff! This is the real, specific advice on how to be better at every aspect of work. Heck, the advice works for 'real' life, too. A podcast devoted to the proper way to shake hands? Yep, they've got that. Great, great stuff here.
Please stop rambling. Only 1/3 of the content is actionable. Also the intro music sounds like those cheesy training VHSs back in the 80’s, I tune out before you even start.
Manager-Tools has been probably the single most useful podcast I’ve ever listened to. Mark and Mike (and other hosts) focus first and foremost on advice you can use. Not just believe or strategize, but tips you can actually use. Honestly, it changed my life and made me a better leader.
A great podcast for everyone to listen to. It puts everything in very practical and straightforward manner. If your not listening and sharing this you’re not doing your job.
Excellent information, very well done.
Looking for some daily advice and this is just what the doctor ordered. Not too short, not too long - LOTS of great information.
I'm willing to concede that the principles behind Manager Tools are sound. However, I've listened to three podcasts so far (including basics) and they have yet to actually describe their methods. They have spent 30 minutes EVERY time justifying their theories and/or explaining over and over why other resources fall short. So far, it seems like they could cover all their actually helpful content in 5-10, ten minute casts. So aggravating.
If you are a manager you need to listen to this podcast. All episodes are actionable for every manager.
Even if you just pick the episodes that pertain to a particular part of management this is a great resource. I have some opportunities and raises that were direct results of things I implemented from the podcast.
I began listening to the Manager Tools podcast 3+ years ago. I've found their advice to be practical and very valuable. They provide information that would be valuable to almost anyone in management.
If only I had this education earlier in my career, the organizations I have served would be much better off. Mike & Mark give clear directives on how to make a positive impact for your organization and be a positive influence for the individuals in your life's path. I have begun sharing listening sessions of "Manager Tools" with our employees and the results have been seen quickly. You can teach an old dog new tricks - and I'm thankful for that!
I began listening to Mark, Mike, Wendi, and Dani within the last two years after having been a supervisor for about the last four. I earned a 27% raise in 2015 in large part through the application of concepts and behaviors I learned from the show and show notes. I may be on the verge of earning another 25% raise and a manager title in the next month or so thanks yet again to the Manager Tools team. I'm better for it and my directs are better off from it. Thanks so much! How fortunate for all of us that Mark and Mike started this podcast and business more than ten years ago! Thanks even more for keeping all the shows online through all these years.
I truly value all of the insight and information these guys put out every episode. I'm in late 20s managing people much older than myself. I love having a place to go for sound ideAs and advice. Awesome podcast that I believe would be beneficial to every manager. Keep up the Awesome work. I appreciate it!!
I just came across this podcast and listened to only one episode (#300), so maybe my review is slightly unfair but whatevs. I could be wrong, but I picture two white guys with blue or white button downs sitting in front of a mic basically talking management like it's a game of football or battleship. Hyper masculinization and dehumanization. No thank you. As a woman of color who is currently an executive and has been in toxic environments with bad managers, I don't want to and will not treat my direct reports like children who need discipline. That is precisely the type of behavior that is leading to dysfunctional work cultures in this country.
I love that it's almost like being baby fed all this great information! As a young woman wanting to become a more effective manager, this is a great podcast!
Thanks for all your great insights over the years
You don't know it all, no one does. This podcast will help full the gaps and round out your manager skills.
Great cast for Managers and Sups.
Too much setup and introduction really hurts this podcast. It’s as if they’re padding out the podcast for time. This would be much more effective in a shorter format.
I love this guidance. Hiring, interviews, phone screens, DISC, this stuff.
I believe I have listened to every single podcast by these guys over the past year. I have been a manager for a few years, and there is no real training like this out there. I have put it as a mandatory listen to all my managers which is making my job a lot easier! Really appreciate all the work the, manager and career tools, team does! -Miron Briley
This is one of the best management podcasts around. Always relevant and informative!
I love the advice and the tools. This podcast has helped me in my career and my personal life.
Excellent advise for managers at ANY level!!
Thank you Mark, Mike and the entire MT staff for these podcasts. I found you out of necessity. Two years ago I was struggling in a role I had been promoted to a year earlier. There was talk if I was promoted too early. Frankly, it was true but I wasn't one to give up. At first I was skeptical of the trinity and its effectiveness. With my ways not working I decided to apply the behaviors they taught. To my amazement it worked! Having the initial success I started to listen regularly and rolled out the trilogy. Not only did the company see the results they were seeking, my team actually started liking me and my leadership. Over the next 18 months our results continued to improve, my relationship with my team improved and I was honored for director of the year at my company. Senior leadership start to notice and I was offered a promotion earlier this summer. Not only have I benefited from the Manager Tools podcasts, I tell my colleagues and directs about them. Simply put, I tell them everything they've recommend that I've tried has worked like gold. Over the past year four directs were promoted - further reinforcing the ubiquitous applicability of the knowledge. I can't thank you enough for how you've affected my life and the lives of others whom I've introduced to you. Thank you.
This podcast is remarkable in its precise guidance for managers. There is a lot of information in the world though there is nothing else anywhere nearly as effective. It’s usually about half an hour and is time well spent. Thank you to Mike and Mark and team for producing this timeless and invaluable podcast!
Practical, actionable advice. The MT team consistently delivers the stuff you will never be taught in school. I am grateful to Mark, Mike and the entire MT team for the the many hours of advice that has unquestionably taken my management career to the next level. The Trinity alone has differentiated me from my peers. Thanks you for the what you have done for me! I look forward to your podcasts every week.
I have been a regular listener to the Manager Tools Pod Cast for a very long time, and it is simply one of the most comprehensive sources of professional development information available anywhere, in any medium. I am eternally grateful for the difference their recommendations have had on my own career, and the benefits that my team has felt in return. We are all better managers because of the tireless work of the Manager Tools team.
As an expression of gratitude for how this podcast has impacted me and my career, I'm letting everyone who reads reviews know: if you are interested in being the change you wish to see in the world of bosses, you begin with taking one piece of advice that the team at Manager Tools offer. Put that advice into action and watch your results and team engagement improve. Repeat with the next piece of advice, because you will be addicted. Life is better with Manager Tools.
So few managers get real training, being promoted from other roles. These guys provide profound, actionable advice on what management is, how to improve your skills and interactions, and ways to ensure your team is working at peak performance. Frankly, this podcast has shown me that I've never had a "good" manager. I intend, with Manager Tool's help, to become one.
...this includes my time at HBS & Wall Street. It have made it essential for my staff
I have been listenening to Manager Tools and Career Tools since the beginning. There is not a day that goes by that I don't use some of their guidance in some way. I have reduced turnover, increased production, become a better interviewer and even helped others get better jobs all from what I learned from the MT team. If you want to lead better, have the respect of your employees and your management, and be the most effective you can be, each and every day, there is no better tool with which you can equip yourself.
I'd like to offer this expression of gratitude for how this Podcast and company has impacted me. Because of this work, I am a better manager. I am able to better serve my organization and mission. I am better at providing a better working environment for my coworkers. This podcast can really be attributed to why I am able to continue to grow in my role at my organization.
I subscribed several years ago and I have owned a personal license (paid, premium access) for most of that time. It doesn’t matter if you have a management role or not, the advice here will help you in your career. If you do have a management or leadership role the nuts and bolts, specific, actionable recommendations will help you become a better leader and manager. Learn to focus on your Results and Relationships, learn why, learn how. Become better.
I’ve been listening to Manager Tools and Career Tools since 2006. In my work as a manager and individual contributor MT has been by not so secret weapon (I recommend it to all my coworkers and friends, particularly those struggling in certain aspects of their career). MT’s advice, excuse me, recommendations, have helped me and countless others grow as professional, focusing on what is most important- results and relationships. In addition to providing excellent guidance the team at Manager Tools has provided superior service and empathy during times of change and crisis in my career, going as far as providing me services free of charge during my move and divorce. They are real folks invested in making their community more professional and effective in all aspects of their professional and personal life. I cannot recommend them enough, the podcast guidance is free but their best service as a individual license. For $200 a year you get full access to the podcasts, show notes and their digital tools. It’s a poor man’s MBA and the best value for business intelligence next to the WSJ. Well worth your time and modest investment.
I've been listening regularly for almost 10 years and this podcast regularly covers a diverse set of topics to keep it interesting, and always has concrete practical guidance. I am grateful for the help in making me improve my management skills, and I know I have made better hires and get more effective contributions from my staff by following Manager Tools. I have recently gone through a string of hiring, and candidates have remarked on the quality of our process -- all refined by following Manager Tools guidance. I even got thank you notes for the rejection letters we sent from every candidate in a recent group! There are so many podcasts now you can go o their web site for a directory of topics, but start listening today and put it in your subscription list. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
When I was promoted in my organization and started managing people, I was on my own. My organization had no training, no process - managers were just expected to figure it out. I immediately jumped on iTunes to find podcasts on managing people, and I am so thankful I found Manager Tools. Manager Tools explains the principles, and then takes the next critical step and tells you exacty how to do it so you can immediately take action. I experienced immediate benefits - my stress level went way down, my team is getting better results, and I know my people way better than before. I still have a long way to go, but whenever I run into a challenge, I can always check Manager Tools, and most likely, they 'have a cast for that'. I am totally grateful for Manager Tools.
Mike and Mark have management guidance on SO MANY TOPICS, and I have employed their strategies over and over in my work. And I’m a much better manager for it. My only complaint is that they can be long-winded, with, say, Feedback split over 6 half-hour podcasts. I listen on my commute, so it’s not too difficult to get through, but I wish that there were a bit of editorial snipping here and there. Otherwise, topics-wise, they are spot on. Thanks, Mike and Mark!
This podcast and Mike and Mark's other one Career Tools are nothing short of incredible. I’m eternally grateful to Mike, Mark, Wendii and Dani for their contributions to my success. They have helped me get every job I’ve gotten since I found them (3 so far) and have changed the way I work, communicate with and relate to people in superbly positive ways. They are the only people I've found giving actionable career and management advice. Instead of everyone else's "You should coach your people" or "Pre-wire for your meetings" you get step by step, detailed, actionable advice for how to handle an incredible array of career and management issues. They also espouse something that I greatly appreciate, which is the idea that anyone can be a great employee or manager, all you have to do is be willing to change your behavior as needed, listen to people who have been there, and work at it. Listen to this podcast, you won't regret it.
I have listened every MT podcast since its beginning in 2005 and have not found more timeless, practical and ethical guidance anywhere else. As someone who works in the faith-based non-profit space, it is challenging to find a business podcast that I can unreservedly recommend to others trying to lead their organizations. Manager tools has changed the way I see "management" and for the better.
I was just offered a job as a Director - best offer I've ever received. And I owe it part to Manager Tools. The behavioral changes I've made over the past 10 years have significantly impact my career in terms of my ability to get better output from my team, better manage my projects, and better manage myself. When I started listing to Manager Tools I was an individual contributor eyeing a small team lead position. Several promotions later I'm eyeing the best job offer I've ever seen. Subscriber for life.
This FREE podcast has helped my career immensely. It covers virtually every management scenario one is likely to encounter, giving helpful, actionable advice. It's like having a mentor who is available anywhere, any time. Recently one of my employees told my boss I was the best manager he ever had, and I know that MT definitely helped me earn that. Mike, Mark, and their team are doing a great service to managers and their direct reports everywhere.
The planets aligned for me the day I stumbled across Manager Tools. The first cast I listened to was called "Giving Effective Feedback” (from MT Basics), and couldn’t believe how easy they made everything sound! It was exactly what I needed to hear, and I was instantly hooked. The content is clear, practical and actionable, and I've found value in every episode. Applying the skills that I’ve learned through these podcasts has made me more confident and effective as a manager. Thank you, MT!
At 50 years old, I started a second career. I had listened to Manager Tools podcast before and found the content very helpful even though I was not in a manager position. When I started teaching middle schoolers, Manager Tools and their sister organization, Career Tools, were godsends. The information is applicable across a myriad of vocations. I highly recommend it. Thank you, Manager Tools.
This podcast has been my go to for years for advice for those tricky situations and for generally improving my manager game. Entertaining and always useful.
For both managers and directs. I have been listening to both the older and current podcasts. I wish I had managers that taught me this stuff ten years ago. Making up for lost time now. Great information and all actionable.
Manager Tools is the quintessential tool for becoming a professional in any field. Their years of experince and hundreds of episodes will help you to suceed 99.99% of the time. These guys really know their stuff and share it freely. Have an issue or a question about working with others or how to get over that high bar you have set for yourself? Peruse their library and you are sure to find an episode that will address your need.
Listen to the casts, implement the guidance and watch your career take off. You will outperform your peers. Your directs will get a better boss. You'll get the confidence that comes from knowing how to be a solid manager. No one else teaches this stuff. Every cast provides actionable guidance. Take advantage of this great podcast.
When I first became a manager, I sought out a variety of podcasts on management. This is the only one that has survived the rest of time. The advice truly is timeless, and even though I operate in a government--and not business--environment, I find that it translates well. This podcast is a great resource for both new and experienced managers. The "basics" will get you acquainted with the basic blocking and tackling of supervising others, and the new cast (casts if you also decide to consume Career Tools) each week provides additional insight into how to be effective as a manager. I'm certain I would not be as good at my job as I am if it were not for the advice of the MT crew.
When I first started managing, I quickly realized that it was a skill I needed to develop vs. a role I was granted. Manager Tools provided, and continues to provide, knowledge that I can apply every single day. It's stunning the array of topics they cover as well as the detail that the get to. The consistent delivery of high-quality information is awesome. Without it, I would've probably transitioned back to being an individual contributor because I wouldn't have been an effective manager. Many years later, I'm still listening. I'm still learning. I'm more effective than I ever have been.