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IT Life Radio: Be a Better Manager
Date / Time: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 3:00 p.m. New York / Noon San Francisco
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Overview:

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, CEO of Root Inc, Jim Haudan. 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 20th at 3PM ET 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 These words are about telling people what to do…the outdated style of 'yelling and telling.'"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 engages people and serves the strategy of the company
  • How to use questions to be a better manager

Gary Magenta is a Senior Vice President of Root Inc., a consulting company that helps organizations execute their strategy through people. During his 14 years at Root, Gary has partnered with CEOs and executive teams at Fortune 500 and Global 2000 organizations throughout North America and Europe with a holistic view of their businesses, their people, and the customers they serve.

Magenta is the author of The Un-Bossy Boss. He is a frequent speaker at client events, industry conferences, and business strategy and human resources seminars. He has been recognized with a Stevie American Business Award for Executive of the Year. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, and Fort Myers Beach, Florida, with his wife and has two sons in college. Gary is a Google fanatic and an unapologetic reality show junkie.

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