Manager Tools Podcast and Forums

I’m loving the Manager Tools podcast and forum , which I came across recently. The current podcast topic is company strategy and SWOT analysis… worth a listen. (Part 1 | Part 2 )

The forums are also stellar. There’s a great conversation going on right now about the positives and negatives of having ex-military managers. Here’s a gem of a quote from one of the members, which he picked up from his manager, a former Marine of 12 years:

“Direct orders are for combat operations, insubordination, new recruits and delivering public policy. For everything else, define the job and let good people do that job. And the best part of it is that not only is that the most effective way to lead, it’s also the easiest."

There’s also some information on the DiSC assessment , which is a tool for understanding your behavioral styles and preferences when interacting with others. It seems that DiSC is a particularly effective tool to use when providing feedback to your direct reports and peers. I’ve never heard of DiSC before, but it’s certainly on my radar screen now.

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