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IT Life Radio: Be A Better Manager

Do you wish you were a better manager? Tune in Wednesday at 3 pm ET and learn to improve a critical skill.

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Do you want to be a better manager? Do you have a manager that needs to be a better manager? According to the foreword of Gary Magenta's book, The Unbossy Boss: 12 Powerful Questions to Make You a Better Manager, "good managers listen, but great managers ask questions." These are the wise words of Gary Magenta's boss Jim Haudan, CEO of Root Inc. Magenta himself adds that "great managers think of themselves as CEOs -- Chief Engagement Officers." We've got a management crisis right now, and we've also got an engagement crisis. Could the two be linked? Tune in for the next installment of IT Life Radio, Wednesday May 20 at 3 pm ET for my discussion with Magenta to find out.

Spoiler alert: I think they are related. And I think Magenta's book shows why.

Magenta says in the opening to his book: "A dictionary defines 'manager' as 'one who handles, controls, or directs.' I've never wanted to be handled, controlled, or directed. Have you? These words are about telling people what to do … the outdated style of 'yelling and telling.'" Magenta has a different plan.

What is it? Well, I'll let him tell you. Tune in to the show to learn:

  • A much better way to manage people
  • What a real manager does to make sure he or she engages people and serves the strategy of the company
  • How to use questions to be a better manager

Gary Magenta is a senior VP of Root Inc., a consulting company aimed at helping organizations execute their strategy through people. As the author of The Un-Bossy Boss, he's a frequent speaker at client events, industry conferences, and business strategy and human resources seminars. 

(Image: Gary Magenta)

(Image: Gary Magenta)

If you want to learn to be a better manager, or at least one that doesn't make your employees seek jobs elsewhere, you could do a lot worse than listening to Magenta. Tune in Wednesday May 20 at 3 pm ET to learn the questions you need to be asking to be a better manager.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio
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5/23/2015 | 2:14:08 PM
Re: Listening to what people have to say
I agree as well as disagree with you Sachin. Yes its true that managers who listen are no less than tyrants, but too much listening would lessen the ability of managers to decide on a pulse, and although that can be counterproductive, I know from first hand that managers have that innate ability to follow those ways instinctively that lead to the company's benefits. 
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SachinEE,
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5/21/2015 | 3:32:54 PM
Listening to what people have to say
The title says it all. I think managers should listen to what his employees have to say. Most of the time the manager keeps waltzing through the grievances of others thinking he has solved them all but in reality he has actually done nothing to help others. 
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