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The Manager Track
20 minutes | 4 days ago
How to Be More Focused and Get Less Distracted
How often do you find yourself distracted or interrupted at work? Maybe you keep checking Slack, or you walk to the fridge more often you should, or maybe your team members ask a lot of those "quick questions" which makes it hard for you to stay focused and engaged with the work in front of you for longer than 10 minutes at a time.If that sounds like you then this episode is for you, my friend.We'll talk about the impact of distractions and interruptions at work, why our brains are wired to allow distractions, and I'll share my 3 key tips to help you stay more focused no matter what's going on around you.-- RESOURCES MENTIONED --Leadership Circle: www.ramonashaw.com/leadership-circleLeadership Accelerator: www.ramonashaw.com/leadership-acceleratorIndistractable by Nir Eyal on Amazon
15 minutes | 11 days ago
Is Your Thinking Helping or Hurting You?
When we think something over and over again, they quickly become patterns and those patterns then turn into beliefs. Now believes can either be positive beliefs, things that will actually help us and support us and make us feel more confident and be more effective. Or beliefs that can make us doubt ourselves very more and be less effective and not create the results that we really want. But they're not that easy to uncover. In this episode, I'm sharing the 6 most common thinking patterns that many of us have running in our minds, whether consciously or unconsciously. -- RESOURCES MENTIONED --Learn more about private coaching with ramona at www.ramonashaw.com/private-coachingRegister for the online event Overcome Imposter Syndrome & Lead With Greater Confidence
15 minutes | 18 days ago
How to Run 1-on-1 Meetings Your Direct Reports Actually Enjoy
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of 1-on-1s but you’re not sure how you should run them effectively and not turn them into simple status update meetings?When done right, 1-on-1 meetings have a huge ROI for you and your direct reports.In this episode, I share what often goes wrong and makes 1-on-1 meetings feel like wasted time and the 5 best practices you can start applying today to prevent this situation and turn your 1-on-1s into effective meetings your direct reports actually enjoy.- RESOURCES MENTIONED -The Ultimate Guide to 1-on-1 MeetingsThe Leadership Accelerator Program
46 minutes | 25 days ago
From Bud to Boss - A Coaching Conversation with Jen
This is a live coaching conversation about transitioning from being a peer to being the new manager.Jen got promoted into her first leadership role about a year ago and she is managing her former peers. This comes with two specific challenges. One, she has to completely shift her mindset and skillset to switch from the role of an IC into the role of a manager, and two, she has to gain respect from her former peers as their new manager. Listen in as we talk about some of the challenges she is facing and how to best address them so she can an effective and authentic leader to her team. Plus, we talk about:How skip-level conversations can be tricky and unintentionally undermine the manager's authorityHow to build trust in relationships at work Why being authentic to your core values is important and why it can feel stressful if we have to pretend to be or feel something we're notAnd much more!-- RESOURCES MENTIONED --Thanks for the Feedback: Book on AmazonLeadership Accelerator: www.ramonashaw.com/leadership-accelerator
14 minutes | a month ago
Three Ways to Learn From Mistakes and Failure (and Not Get Knocked Down)
Failures and mistakes...We all make them. You might have bombed an interview, dropped the ball on a high-stake project, missed a deadline, wrote buggy code, you name it... We're human and we are far from perfect. BUT... we have a choice in how we respond to failures and mistakes. And that choice is what will drive your future actions.Will you worry, always strive for perfection, procrastinate and try to stay safe OR will you go full in again, look for ways to be challenged, to see setbacks as setups, and take courageous actions no matter what?If you're anything like me and you want to be bold, courageous, and confident in this world, then this episode is for you.
52 minutes | a month ago
The 3 Steps to Reach Your Next Career Goal in 2021
It's the perfect time to start thinking about pursuing that next goal in your career or to finally achieve a goal you may have been forced to put on hold last year. But rather than talking about a few tactical steps, in this episode, we will cover exactly...how to set up your action plan,how to create new habits and behaviors that will get you the result you want, andhow to overcome the obstacles that you think are currently in the way or might be getting in the way down the road. We're NOT talking about setting SMART goals or figuring out new years resolutions. Instead, you'll get clear on why you want what you want and how to fuel your motivation with value-based goals and actions that are clear and aligned with what you actually desire. Plus, we'll talk about what REALLY matters such as limiting beliefs, lack of accountability, or the self-doubt that is holding you back. - RESOURCES MENTIONED -Grab the workbook here: www.ramonashaw.com/2021goalsSchedule a 30-minute Strategy Call here: www.ramonashaw.com/30
24 minutes | a month ago
How to Have Difficult Conversations that Inspire and Motivate - An Interview with Aleta Maxwell
In December, I checked out my podcast stats to see which topics seemed to resonate most with all of you. Here are the top 3 episodes of 2020:Navigating Difficult Conversations at Work (Episode 6)Delegating More Often & More Effectively (Episode 7)How to Negotiate a Pay Raise (Episode 26)Clearly, navigating difficult conversations is top of mind for so many of you. And I'm in the same boat as you :-)So when I met the amazing Aleta Maxwell, a leadership coach and consultant, a couple of weeks later and saw that she wrote a book about navigating difficult conversations I simply couldn't resist... I had to invite her to The Manager Track podcast and share more about this very important topic with you. And so today, I'm thrilled to share our conversation in this week's episode. You'll walk away knowing...The most common mistakes people make when it comes to difficult conversations and what to do insteadWhat "FBI" stands for in this context and how to use this framework to nail your conversationsHow working remotely has made it even harder to address difficult topics How to manage your emotions as you engage in difficult conversationsAnd much more!- RESOURCES MENTIONED -Aleta's website: https://upliftingleadership.com/Aleta's book on AmazonAccess to the workbookSimon Sinek's FBI framework
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Own Your Leadership - A Coaching Call with Sue
Listen in to this insightful coaching call with Sue. Yes, you kinda get to be a fly on the wall :-)We cover three main questions:What makes you special as a leader?How could your strengths show up as overdone strengths?What are your conflict triggers and why?As you listen to this coaching call and reflect on your own answers to these questions, you'll gain a new level of insight (and you'll likely notice a boost in confidence) to help you be more impactful as a leader. - RESOURCES MENTIONED -CLICK HERE to register for Ramona's free class on January 19 about how to achieve your next career goal in 2021.To learn more about how to work with Ramona, visit www.ramonashaw.com
14 minutes | 2 months ago
Become a Strategic Thinker
When we look at research about 96%. of leaders say they lack time for strategic thinking. Even though most leaders know that they need to be more strategic to reach the next level in their career. Yet, they don't make the time. They're too busy dealing with the day to day work. But here's, what's so important. The higher up that you go in your career, the less you're going to be paid to scratch things off your to-do list and to just get stuff done and the more you will be paid for strategic thinking, for connecting dots for new initiatives, for creative thinking, and for making big plans that turn vision into execution.In this episode, we're discussing what it means to be a strategic thinker and how to practice the skill.And if elevating your leadership skills, increasing your clarity, confidence, and competence as a leader in 2021 is one of your goals, then the Leadership Circle may be exactly what you've been looking for. In a small group of experienced leaders, we tackle specific higher-level leadership topics every month through a blended approach of learning, coaching, accountability, support, and much, much more. So to learn more, check out www.ramonashaw.com/leadership-circle. It's an amazing program for all the leaders who know that growing as a leader doesn't mean attending a one-off seminar, but it's an ongoing process. It's continued growth. It's like dimming the light day by day and make it a little bit brighter. Leadership is not a light switch that can get turned on in a one-day seminar and that's why the Leadership Circle was created. I would love to hear from you and see if you are the right fit for the group and for this particular program. So visit www.ramonashaw.com/leadership-circle to learn more and schedule your free strategy call.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Holiday Edition: Gift Ideas for Professional Growth
Recently, someone reached out to me on LinkedIn and asked if he could purchase one of my training programs as a Christmas gift for his girlfriend. I loved that he thought about that! Not for me but for him AND for her! Because giving a gift of self-improvement or professional growth, not only does it demonstrate his support for her career but it is also a gift that will keep giving back. As Warren Buffet says "The best investment you can make, is an investment in yourself. The more you'll learn, the more you'll earn."Because of that, I decided to create this special holiday episode on gift ideas for professional growth. We share a number of great gift ideas that might be exactly what your friend, family member, or partner needs right now. Links to some of the products mentioned:HBR subscription: https://hbr.org/subscriptionsCalm app: https://www.calm.comHeadspace app: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-appFelix Grey blue blocker glasses: https://felixgray.comSouth by Southwest conference: https://www.sxsw.comResume support for students: https://www.letseatgrandma.com/studentsTime Management online courses: www.alexishaselberger.com/online-coursesMessage me at email@example.com for any of the following gift ideas:CoreStrengths assessment (Motives, Communication, Strengths, and Overdone Strengths)StrengthsFinder assessmentOther personality-type and behavioral assessments (e.g. Enneagram, DISC, 16 Types)Breakthrough coaching session
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Creating a Social Contract as a Team
In this episode, we discuss the importance of a year-end review and reflection with your team and how to create a social contract as a team. A social contract is a contract that your team agrees on that covers how you interact as a team and the desired behavioral norms that set your team up for its highest level of performance. Here is a set of questions that you could use to discuss the social agreements with your team: What expectations do team members have of each other? What is working well within the team? What is not working well? What should the team keep doing, start doing, and stop doing?What do we value? What would make this team powerful?What can we count on from one another? How will we know we have achieved this?If you want some help in facilitating a conversation like this for your team or if you are looking for other virtual events for your team, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Should I Stay or Should I Go? - A Coaching Conversation With Elaine
This is a live coaching conversation about making a career decision. Elaine is currently in a good role at a good company and working with a good team... but then a new opportunity arose and she got intrigued. Listen in as she finds clarity on why she is considering this opportunity, what it is that makes her get excited about a job, and what to do next. Plus, we talk about:How to gain clarity on what decision to makeHow fear shows up when we're about to make a big decision and what to do about itHow to get super clear on what you're looking for in an organization, a culture, and a role that you'd be willing to entertainIf you're interested in receiving coaching just like Elaine, then click here and fill out a short application.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Accelerating Careers for Women in Data - An Interview with Sadie St. Lawrence
Join me in this episode as I speak with Sadie St. Lawrence, the founder and Executive Director of Women in Data. We talk about her mission to increase diversity in tech and about her own career and leadership journey as she built and expanded this global network that now reaches over 12,000 members. - RESOURCES MENTIONED -Women in Data: https://www.womenindata.org/Sadie St. Lawrence: http://sadiestlawrence.com/Sadie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sadiestlawrence/
33 minutes | 4 months ago
Master Any Conflict Situation
Being nice and kind doesn't mean that you'll be spared from conflict. Facing conflict and opposition is part of being human and part of working with other people. In this episode, we go all in and you'll walk away knowing...What the 3 phases of conflict areWhy we don't all react the same way in conflict and how understanding this will shift the way you perceive other people in conflictThe 3 critical questions you have to ask yourself first before trying to resolve conflict with someone elseThe 5 specific steps to masterfully lead and resolve any conflict situationWhat we discuss in this episode will help you not only in your relationships at work but equally in your relationships with family and friends.Gathering these insights and developing strong conflict resolution skills before you find yourself in the midst of the next heated argument is so important. From the bottom of my heart, I invite you to watch this episode and take tons of notes!- RESOURCES MENTIONED -Leadership Circle: https://www.ramonashaw.com/leadership-circle
21 minutes | 4 months ago
How to Support your Team Post Election
Biden won the race but the election-related anxiety and the stress won't dissipate as political conversations, disputes, and POTUS tweets will continue to dominate the news cycles. Plus, for many people, their attention is partially moving away from work and into social media and news outlets to try to stay up-to-date. As leaders, this is a time when thoughtful communication is key. In this episode, I'm sharing 5 specific suggestions for how to best support and communicate with your team as emotions continue to run high and tension might be felt between people with opposing political views.
16 minutes | 4 months ago
The Two Common Blindspots Managers Have and How to Overcome Them
One of the biggest mistakes that I see managers make is to ignore their blindspots. We all have them but there are specific ways to uncover and overcome them. – BY THE END OF THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL KNOW –The two most common blindspots I see managers have and how that holds them back in their ability to leadThe 3 different driving values that motivate us at work at homeHow to ask for feedback in a way that actually works and gets you useful responsesThe 3 specific ways that will help you uncover your blindspots right away– RESOURCES MENTIONED –Leadership Accelerator: www.ramonashaw.com/leadership-acceleratorCloverleaf: https://cloverleaf.me/Marshall Goldsmith - What Got You Here Won't Get You There: https://youtu.be/tBAG23wby5U
19 minutes | 4 months ago
Why Having a Sponsor at Work Will Help You Get Ahead
When it comes to getting ahead you need more than a manager and a mentor; you need someone who advocates for you when you’re not in the room. That takes someone who believes in you, cares about you, and has a level of influence to make things happen.Find out how you can secure support from a sponsor at work.– BY THE END OF THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL KNOW–The two only factors that influence your chances for promotions and salary pumpsThe difference between a mentor and a sponsorWhy a sponsor is an important factor in getting aheadHow to identify your ideal sponsorThe 3 steps to influence and nurture your relationship with a sponsorAnd much more!– RESOURCES MENTIONED –Leadership Accelerator: https://www.ramonashaw.com/leadership-acceleratorPayScale survey: https://www.payscale.com/data/mentorship-sponsorship-benefits
44 minutes | 5 months ago
How to confidently speak and present yourself online or offline - with Ravi Rajani
I'm thrilled to bring Ravi Rajani to you and to pick his brain, on your and my behalf, about how to confidently speak and present ourselves online and offline, be this on stages or in meetings.- YOU'LL FINISH THIS AWESOME EPISODE KNOWING -Why it's so important to practice presentation, communication, and public speaking skills early on if you intend to climb the career ladderWhat it means for leaders in organizations to build an online and offline personal brand The biggest misconceptions we have about storytelling and what it really means to tell stories in a leadership setting (even if your job is highly data-driven)How to build your confidence in public speaking and what to do if you feel nervous Simple but effective ways to present yourself more confidently in interactions with othersPlus, much more!- RESOURCES MENTIONED -Check out Ravi Rajani's LinkedIn profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ravirajani/
23 minutes | 5 months ago
The Reason Why You're Feeling Stuck
We first focus on building hard skills, then we invest in strengthening our soft skills.. but when do we actually spend time in up-leveling our mindset?In our 20s we focus on hard skills, getting the right education and trainings, etc.... and then we reach a point when we realize that our soft skills need some help...But many of us miss the importance of understanding how our brain works and why taking charge or our mindset and our thoughts is critical to lasting success. Truth is that our thoughts are HUGELY INFLUENTIAL in how we work and the results we create.🤔 And so where's the corporate training for that?🤔 How much time do you spend to strengthen this third area besides hard skills and soft skills?And if you feel stuck in a conflict, a challenge, or a job, then understanding this is the key to getting unstuck for good!Once I started understanding my mind and my thoughts, my whole world shifted.- AFTER LISTENING TO THIS PODCAST YOU'LL KNOW -Why we feel stuck and why solving "symptoms" doesn't workThe 5 types of problems we can have Why our brain is driven by the motivational triad and why that's importantThe reasons why your thoughts matter more than you ever thoughtHow to stop feeling stuck without having to change your circumstances- RESOURCES MENTIONED - Book a free 45-minute Strategy Session with Ramona here: www.ramonashaw.com/apply
16 minutes | 5 months ago
"Can I Be Friends With My Direct Reports?"
"Can I Be Friends With My Direct Reports?" This is a question I often get asked when I do management trainings in organizations. I'd love to say YES but my answer is NO on this one and I'll explain why in this episode.- YOU'LL WALK AWAY KNOWING -The reason why I encourage you to set clear boundariesThe issue with "perceived" favoritism and why that's importantHow friendships with direct reports could create conflicts of interestAnd how to address this topic proactively with the direct reports you have friendships with at work
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