Wondering how to be a manager? Or how to be a good manager? This is where you start. If you're a new manager and you don't know what to do, or you want to recommit to the basics of management, we can help.

These are the foundational podcasts, the core principles that underlie our philosophy. You start here. If you just got promoted and you need to know what to do next, this is it:  the basics of being a good manager.

One on Ones

Effective managers create relationships with each of their directs. To do that, we recommend spending 30 minutes every week talking to the direct about their work.

A solid relationship with one's directs is the most important thing great managers do. The best way we know to make that happen is One on Ones.


Great managers talk about performance all the time. They do so easily, quickly both positive and negative. Our feedback model tells you exactly what to say and how to say it.


Great managers are never satisfied. They ask for higher performance. Our goal-driven coaching model makes it easy for you to oversee the skill and performance improvement of your directs - in 5 minutes a week. If you've been avoiding coaching because training plans take too much time, you're doing it wrong.


Effective managers push work down. It frees them up to work on higher value projects and develops their team's capabilities. Our delegation model tells you what to delegate, why and, most importantly, how.

Effective Meetings

We all have too many meetings. Let's make them as effective as we can, with some simple rules and standards.

Rolling Out the Manager Tools Trinity

The 4 parts of the Trinity are best rolled out over a period of 6-12 months. Changing everything about how you manage all at once confuses and worries directs. Our tests show introducing one tool at a time produces the best results both short and long term. [And, never introduce (implement) a managerial change without first introducing that change].


The easiest way to get and listen to the Manager Tools Basics is to subscribe to our Basics feed using your favorite podcasting tool. You can find this and other RSS feeds on our Manager Tools feeds page.