112: Everything You Need to Know About Being a Manager Feat: Danny Yonkers

March 4, 2024
When you step into the shoes of a manager, it's like playing a new position on a familiar field; the game looks entirely different. Join us for a candid conversation with Danny Yonkers, author of the humorously titled "And then I pooped my pants: Stories and lessons for new managers," as we uncover why tackling leadership is less about climbing a ladder and more about mastering a whole new skill set. We share war stories on the frontline of management, from the challenge of letting go of underperforming employees to the triumph of seeing them succeed elsewhere, highlighting the hard-earned lessons that shape effective leaders. Ever felt like you've taken a role that's a square peg for your round hole? You're not alone. This episode digs into the nitty-gritty of setting expectations, building a team culture based on accountability, and the fine art of defining success across diverse roles. Bruce shares insights from his own leadership journey, emphasizing the importance of mentorship and the sometimes surprisingly light-hearted touch needed when steering a team through serious issues. We wrap up with a heart-to-heart on the joys and tribulations of leadership, the legacy we leave through mentoring, and the bittersweet task of encouraging team members to spread their wings and fly into new opportunities—even when it means saying goodbye. We also tackle the dilemma faced by reluctant managers thrust into leading because of their technical expertise. Danny shares a personal tale from his Marine Corps days that drives home the power of goals and the magic of teamwork. Buckle in for an episode that's as much about growth and legacy as it is about the messy, marvelous world of managing people. Danny's Book: And then I pooped my pants: Stories and lessons for new managers Useful Links Visit our website to contact us and submit topics Join the conversation on the Corporate Fam Discord Follow us on LinkedIn Get some Corporate Strategy Merch Support the Show Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnooze Don't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
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