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The Strategic What Podcast
19 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
SWP 064: What’s your objective again?
Many times we set objectives and forget about them. We end up never doing them, but we start to feel frustrated we can’t get anything accomplished. In this episode, I discuss three different things you should know about dealing with objectives that will help you overcome this feeling of frustration. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN What happens when you don’t decide what you will do with your objectives; Objectives can be changed; Objectives are not set in stone; It’s OK to not have any objectives How to overcome the frustration of not getting your objectives accomplished; THE ONE TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE Instead of fighting the feeling of frustration of not accomplishing your objectives, embrace it and decide what to do with your objectives. LINKS & TOOLS FROM THIS EPISODE Listen to more episodes: https://rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Schedule a Mentoring Session with Rodrigo: Schedule a Session
31 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
SWP 063: How to Implement Processes in Your Organization
In this episode I provide you a way to develop a repository of processes in your organization. I discuss what I would do specifically if I were to start from scratch creating processes in a new organization. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN - The difference between policies, processes and procedures; - Categories of processes you can create and examples for each one of them; - The culture and mindset you need to foster to succeed, creating and documenting new processes in your organization. - Not everything should be done in one go. Pick your battles; - How to start and what to consider; THE ONE TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE - A step-by-step approach on how to create and document processes in your organization. LINKS & TOOLS FROM THIS EPISODE - Listen to more episodes: https://rodrigocaetano.com/podcast - Schedule a Mentoring Session with Rodrigo: Schedule a Session
11 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
SWP 062: Is Your Team Quiet Quitting on You?
What should you about quiet quitting in your organization? In this Monday’s brief, I provide you some quick tips on how to deal with the quiet quitting trend, when people are silently quitting their work in your organization. Listen to learn why they do so and how to avoit this situation. Schedule a mentoring session with me: https://rodrigocaetano.com/schedule-session/ IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN - Quiet quitting is a new label to an old concept; - Internal and external factors why someone decides to quiet quit; - What can you do when it looks like someone in your team is silent quitting their job; - How to re-establish momentum in your organization; THE ONE TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE Quiet quitting is a new name for an old phenomenon. LINKS & TOOLS FROM THIS EPISODE WAPO Article: ‘Quiet quitting’ isn’t really about quitting. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/08/21/quiet-quitting-what-to-know/ HBR Article: Quiet Quitting Is About Bad Bosses https://hbr.org/2022/08/quiet-quitting-is-about-bad-bosses-not-bad-employees Schedule a mentoring session with me: https://rodrigocaetano.com/schedule-session/
50 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
SWP 061: How to Create a Skill Development Program
Looking for a way to create a skill development plan to further develop competencies in your organization? In this episode, I discuss the big myths about developing skills and provide a step-by-step approach on how to create a comprehensive skill development strategy. Remeber to download the template below! Download my Skill Development Plan template: https://rodrigocaetano.com/sdp-template Schedule a mentoring session with me: https://rodrigocaetano.com/schedule-session/
13 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
SWP 060: The Art of Reframing
How to reframe difficult situations? Reframing is changing an experience by putting another frame around it. It's like seeing things from a different perspective. As a manager, you will need to lead through difficult situations. You can use reframing as a tool to help you overcome difficulties and overcame obstacles. In this episode you will learn: What is reframing? Why reframing matters? Some reframing examples. Using reframing to deal with a very difficult situation; How to use reframing in your day-to-day work; You always have the option of reframing your experience and lead your team through difficult times. The one take away from this episode: When your team faces an incredibly difficult situation, try reframing it see different perspectives so you can get better results. Links & Tools from this episode: Listen to more episodes: https://rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Connect with Rodrigo Caetano: Contact me! Subscribe and Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
14 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
SWP 059: When Not to Delegate
What should you not delegate? There are situations when delegating will makes things worst. Most of the time you will be the one who will be making the call if something needs to be delegated and should know if you are getting results. In this episode you will learn: Everyone tells you should delegate, e-ve-ry-thi-ng; There are situations where delegating can make things worst; What to do when you delegate, delegate and delegate and nothing happens; When you can't figure out what needs to be delegated; What to do when delegating important stuff; News from our community; The one take away from this episode: What you should watch out, if you are delegating and things are not getting done. Links & Tools from this episode: Listen to more episodes: https://rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Connect with Rodrigo Caetano: Contact me! Subscribe and Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
17 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
SWP 058: Guess What? Plans Change…
How to deal with strategic changes in your project? The world has changed, but your plan is still the same. That’s what normally happens when you came with your first strategic plan. In this episode, I’m going to discuss how to keep your plan relevant, when things in the real world change. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: At 1:20’, Here is the news: Projects change! At 4:30’, Why it’s important to review your plan. At 7:20’, My advice on getting your project reviewed. At 8:40’, Going the extra mile on managing your project. At 9:45’, Intrinsic engineering bias you will find when brining changes; At 11:17’, A personal example on how the context affected and changed the project we worked for; At13:34’, A few takeaways when dealing with strategic changes in your project; At15:50’, News from our community! THE ONE THING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE: Take time to do a strategic reviews of your project, so you can incorporate strategic changes and adjust your plan. LINKS & TOOLS FROM THIS EPISODE Learn more: https://rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Connect with Rodrigo: Contact me! Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
20 minutes | Aug 20, 2019
SWP 057: Limit Your Availability and Get More Done
How can you limit your availability to get more work done? If you are tired of being interrupted at work, learn 8 ways you can limit your availability to take control of your deliverables. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: At 0:40’, how does it feel to be the center of the universe; At 1:50’, why you should limit your availability; At 4:50’, 8 ways to avoid being interrupted and limit your availability; At 5:20’, learn how to say no!; At 7:15’, avoid time wasting meetings; At 9:17’, check your emails only a couple times a day; At 11:40’, turn off distracting alerts; At 13:45’, stop answering your phone; At 13:45’, stop answering your phone; At 15:50’, wear earphones; At 17:20’, work from home; Do you have a strategy to limit your availability, share that with me through the email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you. THE ONE THING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE: Get less interrupted to get more work done. LINKS & TOOLS FROM THIS EPISODE Learn more: https://rodrigocaetano.com/podcast/ Connect with Rodrigo: Contact me! Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
22 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
SWP 056: Stop Treating NDAs like Used Napkins
Do you think these corporate confidentiality contracts can really bite you? Yes, they can and you should be aware of the implication of signing them. NDAs, employment contracts, general confidentiality agreements, you name it. Read and understand everything first, before signing them. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: At 1:15’, Street Smart considerations on signing any type of paperwork At 2:50’, Mike Grella: "Stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin." At 3:40’, The increasing requirements for secrecy in the corporate world At 7:20’, Why should you care about what you sign? At 9:45’, Implications of breaking contract terms At 11:40’, Examples where confidential information was exposed At 14:10’, Contracts that involve intellectual property can bite you At 17:35’, Read what you are signing and make sure you understand what you are committing to At 18:00’, My main considerations when signing paperwork THE ONE THING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE: You may think that signing confidentiality contracts might not be a big deal... but IT IS a big deal. LINKS & TOOLS FROM THIS EPISODE Learn more: http://www.rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Connect with Rodrigo: Contact me! Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
23 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
SWP 055: How to See the Big Picture
How to see the big picture when things are going down the drain? Learn how you can recover when one of your most important projects is going down the drain and you are spinning your wheels. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: At 0:44, How to see the big picture when your projects are going down the drain? At 3:30, the most important step to take when you are overwhelmed. At 5:15, finding out if what you need to do is really important. At 8:15, how to get the project unstuck. At 11:00, what is the best approach to get the planning done. At 13:50, additional advanced tips on how to see the big picture. At 19:00, the importance of your first working draft of your strategic plan. At 20:30, the big mistake people do when trying to see the big picture. THE ONE THING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE: When your projects are getting out of your control, decide what’s important and take some focused time to work on your plan. Not everything needs to be done. Not everything will get done. LINKS & TOOLS FROM THIS EPISODE Learn more: https://rodrigocaetano.com/podcast/ Connect with Rodrigo: Contact me! Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
15 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
SWP 054: Working While Mourning
How to work with someone who is grieving? In this episode, I reflect about how to help someone in your team who is grieving and is coping with loss. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: At 3:36, what to do when you have someone in the office who has lost a loved one; At 5:29, each culture has a different way to dealing with losses; At 6:56, what to expect from the person who is grieving; At 9:06, understand what the person may need to do after they lose someone; At 11:03, who should you contact if you need help managing someone who is grieving; At 11:46, how to be a supportive manager during these difficult situations; THE ONE THING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE: Be a manager someone can fully rely on: understand the grieving process the person is going through and respect their feelings. LINKS & TOOLS FROM THIS EPISODE Learn more: rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Connect with Rodrigo: Contact me! Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
11 minutes | Jan 24, 2019
SWP 053: Are You on Your Element?
At work, do you feel more like fish outside the water? Or do you feel you are someone who is fully engaged on what you are working on? In this episode, I’ll share a story about someone who inspired me how to deal with situations where you don’t feel you are in the right place. In This Episode You will Learn: At 0:57, An important question I want to ask you; At 2:55, A story of a friend who didn't think he was on his element; At 6:04, How the story impacted me; At 7:02, What happens if you don't say anything; At 7:26, What should you do when you don't feel you are in your element; The One Thing to Take Away from This Episode: Are you not on your element? Do something about it! Don’t wait for things to change. Links & Tools from This Episode: Learn more: rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Connect with Rodrigo: Contact me! Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
17 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
SWP 052: Broken Things Never Fix Themselves
Do you think problems can solve themselves? In this episode I share a story from my development days regarding an intermittent problem that taught me a great lesson. There are different ways you can deal with problems in your organization. One is to merely disregard them, thinking they will solve themselves. In reality, the most difficult problems, commonly related to cross-organization integrations, are those that are neglected and have a huge effect on your deliverables. Do you want to learn my take on this? Listen to this episode… In this episode you will learn: I share a personal story that helped me understand the value of fixing broken things; I tell why this story was important for my managerial career; I give you six things you can do to find and fix issues in your organization; The one take away from this episode: You need to be open and confident to learn what isn’t working in your organization. Unless you act, these problems will never be solved. Links & Tools from this episode: Listen to more episodes: https://rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Connect with Rodrigo Caetano: Contact me! Subscribe and Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
11 minutes | Nov 8, 2018
SWP 051: No One Misses Dinosaurs
If you are managing change, listen to this episode. Some people are afraid of changing things. I know... In this episode, I share a story that happened early on in my career. This was a big lesson about building something new and completely changing how people worked. We often forget the impact we bring when we build something new. When you build something that really works, people will never miss the old system or approach. Keep listening... In This Episode You will Learn: At 1:05, a big lesson I’ve learned early on my career; At 7:13, the point I want to make with this story; At 8:02, no one misses the dinosaurs; The One Thing to Take Away from This Episode: No one will care about the old system when you implement something that works really well and help them in a tremendous way. Links & Tools from This Episode: Learn more: rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Connect with Rodrigo: Contact me! Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
17 minutes | Nov 1, 2018
SWP 050: Celebrating The 50 Episode Milestone
Can you believe we’ve reached our 50th episode? In this episode, I have a special guest. This person always wanted to know more about my work. So, we put some questions together and let her do the interview. Let’s celebrate! 50 episodes is a big milestones and I’m super excited about what’s coming next. It’s been really fun to be with you in this journey. In This Episode You will Learn: At 0:47, a behind the scenes look at my work in my consulting company and the type of work I do; At 7:35, a tip on how to become a better manager; At 9:04, a tip on where to start when you are struggling with your team; At 13:00, learn how I became a podcaster; The One Thing to Take Away from This Episode: It’s really great to be producing this podcast and it is a pleasure to get in touch with you. Let’s start a conversation. Send me an email at email@example.com Links & Tools from This Episode: Learn more: rodrigocaetano.com/podcast Connect with Rodrigo: Contact me! Get my best work: Practical Management Tips
10 minutes | Aug 30, 2018
SWP 049: More Pressure Doesn't Mean Better Results
Do you think pressuring people will get more done in your project? When something doesn’t get done, you may think that pressuring people may help you get more results. You may think this is a good way to get things done. However, there are better ways to deal with this problem. In this episode I’ll share my advice on how to deal with this situation… References: 5 Mistakes When Setting Goals Serieshttps://rodrigocaetano.com/goal-series
18 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
SWP 048: Build the Best Transition Plan Ever
What’s the best way to create a transition plan? In this episode, I’ll share my experience undergoing transitions and provide my advice on how to minimize issues during the management changes.
13 minutes | Aug 16, 2018
SWP 047: Are Rushed Decisions Causing You Problems?
Are you rushing through decisions and causing your own problems? Decision making in management – In this episode, learn how to deal with pressure and make decisions that will have a positive impact in your team.
11 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
SWP 046: Feeling Like a Broken Record? Learn how to be listened.
How can you stop sounding like a broken record? You’ve probably been to that situation where you are trying to avoid a major issue, but now one is listening to you. It seems everyone is focussed on their own issues and don’t realize that if they don’t act immediately, they will be dealing with a big fire down the road. Yes, it’s frustrating to not be listened. However, there are a few things you can do to get a different result. In this episode, I’ll discuss alternatives and what to do when you are not being heard. Keep listening…
2 minutes | Aug 7, 2018
Introducing The Strategic What Podcast with Rodrigo Caetano
Hi! I’m Rodrigo Caetano and I’m a technology strategist and advisor. I care deeply about how you manage your team. From a virtual location around the globe, here is my new advice podcast. Strategic What?! Podcast The way you lead will not only affect your life, but also the lives of all who report to you and are around you: your family, friends and work colleagues. If you do it well, you will inspire your team as well as everyone who interacts with you. I’ve been on your shoes. Having transitioned from a highly technical position into a management role, I know how difficult it is. I feel your pain. Managing can be frustrating, difficult and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Managing can be fun and exciting! In my podcast, I’ll provide you tips on how to become more productive as a better manager, innovator and planner. My show is structured to address specific questions, such as: “What should I never delegate?” “How do I avoid burn out?” “How do I avoid getting stuck in the trenches?” I’ll give you my best answer, as if we were in a real-life consulting session. My goal is to keep it really short, simple and practical. That way, you can listen to the podcast on the way to work and put the advice into practice as soon as you get to the office. Do you need help? Just fire me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org My name is Rodrigo Caetano and I help innovators become better leaders and take control of their projects. Visit my site at: rodrigocaetano.com
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