“Manage to Engage” Podcast Latest Episodes

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119 – Management, Supervision, and Meta-Supervision – Part 1 – The Cycle of Disengagement

Society conditions us to crave supervision? and hate it. School, work, authority figures ? they all contribute to disengagement in various forms, priming us to both invite and resent “the man” for watching over us.

 

So to start this four-part series on management, supervision, and meta-supervision, I want to share my theory about how disengagement works, and why I think this cycle of disengagement is a multi-billion dollar worldwide problem.

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116 – Learning is Not What You Think – Part 2 – Personal Development

In the last episode, we established that learning is not just about memorizing knowledge ? it’s also about developing new skills and achieving greater awareness, and this kind of learning, this personal development, is much more effective at preparing us to overcome life’s challenges.

 

But over the last few decades, personal development has pretty much become mainstream, and as a result, a huge industry has grown around it? and not everything being sold by the industry will actually help you. Today I want to get into these problems, and how you can avoid them.

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115 – Learning is Not What You Think – Part 1 – The Problem with School

As children, we are taught that schooling is learning ? all memorization and regurgitation. But when we grow up, we find out that there’s a lot more to learn if we want to develop relationships and succeed in business.

 

Today, I want to untangle this confusing mess and separate the process of memorization from the concept of learning ? and discuss the consequences of conflating the two.

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114 – Why Annual Plans Don’t Work – Part 4 – Plans That Do Work

If you’ve listened to the past three episodes, one thing should be painfully clear: annual plans don’t work, and we’re wasting our time and energy when we try to make them work. But we have big goals and big things we want to accomplish, so we do need some sort of plan!

 

To conclude this series, let’s take a look at plans that do work ? and the prices you will have to pay to make them happen.

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112 – Why Annual Plans Don’t Work – Part 2 – The Holy Grail in Planning

In the last episode, we discussed why it’s more effective to plan using the “12-week year,” as opposed to the 52-week year. 365 days is just too much time, and your plans will get lost. 12 weeks, however, creates pressure for you to do something.

 

Today, we get into some of the tactics that a good manager can use, every single day, to keep themselves accountable and turn their plans into a reality.

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111 – Why Annual Plans Don’t Work – Part 1 – New Year’s Lie

When it comes to the passage of time, the beginnings and endings are all made up. The weekend, the New Year: these things don’t REALLY exist. Human society, however, is hyper annualized. Memberships, resolutions, taxes ? almost everything is constructed around a 365-day cycle.

 

But when we try to plan our lives around a 365-day cycle, it just doesn’t work. So, to start this series on Annual Planning, we’re going to explore why the structure really doesn’t serve us in the planning process.

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