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Host Mamie Kanfer Stewart shares practical approaches to help you be a great manager. Solo episodes are like mini-courses, providing actionable tips based on experience and research. Guest episodes are engaging conversations that elicit insights and suggestions for how to apply the ideas. Episodes features topics like: effective meeting practices, communication skills, managing conflict, team building, time management, group dynamics, goal setting and accountability, team competencies, produ ...
 
You can’t take action if you don’t have clarity. When you have clarity, you can take intentional action and have the desired impact. Internationally recognized, TEDx Organizer, Strategist, Leadership Coach and Clarity Master Dolores Hirschmann guides the path from confusion to clarity and her guests too. Take the first step to getting clear in your entrepreneurship path, here at Masters In Clarity Podcast! Service providers know how hard it is to grow your business. From coaches offering pro ...
 
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Just Leading

Leading Edge, Jews of Color Initiative, SRE Network

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In Just Leading, three trailblazing thought-leaders—Gali Cooks, Ilana Kaufman, and Elana Wien—host intimate conversations with a diverse subset of leaders within and beyond the Jewish world to examine how to bring more equity into the workplace. Spearheaded by nonprofit giants, Leading Edge, SRE Network, and Jews of Color Initiative, experience a first-of-its-kind investigation into the crucibles of leadership in a resounding effort to close the empathy gap in the Jewish community, and the w ...
 
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Understanding identity is vital for managers. We all want to respect and better understand our colleagues, but in order to do that we must first understand ourselves. Identity informs how we relate to people, how we make decisions, and how we lead. Today’s guest is Victoria Shiroma Wilson. Victoria is a leadership development coach and consultant w…
 
Both verbal and nonverbal communication are critical interpersonal skills. Listening to others, observing their reactions, speaking in a way that promotes understanding and connection, using body language—these are all essential to our leadership development. Effective leaders must know that communicating is a combination of what you say, how you s…
 
Be honest with yourself for a moment: Are you managing your time and tasks well? Do you have a weekly planning routine that helps ensure you’re focused on your most important work? Sometimes, just a few simple changes to your planning can help you find more freedom and fulfillment in your work. Today’s guest is Demir Bentley. Demir teaches hard-hit…
 
Vacation time is so important. We know there are a myriad of health benefits that come from taking time away from work. I also know how anxiety producing it can be to worry about your team or projects while you're away or stress over returning to an overflowing inbox and build-up of tasks, which can negate some of the health benefits and enjoyment …
 
It's not easy to make money podcasting. If you're creating a podcast just to make money, you're missing the point. A podcast is supposed to help your brand reach a wider audience with full creativity. It is one of the most creative things you could do in terms of outreach and promotion. You'll earn money along the way but you need to build that aud…
 
What could happen if we reimagined traditional models of leadership? In this last episode of the season, we hear from two leaders who have done just that. Side by side, Monisha Kapila and Bianca Casanova Anderson lead ProInspire, a nonprofit that envisions an equitable and just society. Monisha and Bianca join Gali to break down what led the organi…
 
Does it ever seem like your tasks just keep piling no matter how busy you are? As managers, it’s crucial that we’re able to follow through on our tasks and responsibilities so we can take care of our businesses and people. But in order to do that, we must have the right tools and mindset to organize and prioritize our daily work. Today’s guest is M…
 
For Rabbi Mary Zamore, navigating challenging moments is part of her life’s work. Rabbi Zamore has been a guide for her community throughout the last 25 years. Today, she serves as the Executive Director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, where she promotes the contributions and growth of rabbis who are women, championing initiatives that foster just…
 
Authenticity at work requires being true to yourself. However, this can be a difficult feat for managers. We often step into the management position believing there is a certain way we must speak and act, or certain knowledge we should now possess simply because we’re leading others, but research shows people respond more favorably to managers who …
 
Hen Mazzig embodies many identities; he is an Israeli writer and educator, the son of Amazigh and Iraqi refugees, co-founder of the Tel Aviv Institute, and much more. As a digital influencer and Senior Fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute, Hen advocates for Jewish people, the LGBTQ+ community, and other minorities around the world. Hen joins Ilana in t…
 
It's cliche, but true: Your people are your biggest asset. There's nothing more important than hiring people who are a strong fit for the job responsibilities and also align with your organization's values and mission. But recruiting the right people for your team can pose a challenge, and the hiring process can leave managers feeling exhausted. To…
 
Mamie Kanfer Stewart is determined to help people work better together. That’s why she founded her company, Meeteor, where she and her team support clients in improving collaboration -- namely, through more thoughtful, productive meetings. In this episode, Mamie and Gali dig into the elements of a strong, healthy work culture and why it’s so import…
 
Most people have a general idea about how their colleagues or team members work best. You may occasionally pick up a random fact about a person's personality or work style, but it's rare to have the full picture. The result: we are frustrated by our coworkers because we don’t understand them and they don’t understand us. Today I talk about creating…
 
How can we turn landmark moments into long-term progress? Shana Aaronson is the Executive Director of Magen for Jewish Communities, an Israel-based non-profit providing advocacy, awareness, and support around sexual abuse. She and her team do vital work that requires patience and resilience. Shana sits down with Elana to share her vision of communi…
 
We’ve all been there. We thought we knew what was best, only to find out later that what we thought we knew was wrong. Even the best manager can get lost in all the leadership advice, trying to do what’s right and still somehow failing. This is because sometimes that leadership advice is wrong. Today’s guest is Sumit Gupta. Sumit spent 20 years in …
 
Jordan Daniels is here to change the world. This is something the San Diego-based storyteller has learned through his journey toward radical self-love and liberation. As a writer, podcaster, and photographer, Jordan offers thoughtful commentary on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, fashion, and body positivity. He joins Ilana to share ho…
 
When working with a team, delegation is one of the most important skills to develop. One of our main goals as managers is to unlock the potential of our people, and effective delegation enables that to happen. However, ineffective delegation can lead to frustration and inefficiencies for everyone. Today’s guest is Yuri Elkaim. Yuri is a former pro …
 
Vu Le isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind. For the last decade, the writer, speaker, and “unemployed rabble-rouser” has been busy exploring the fun and frustration of nonprofit work through his popular blog, Nonprofit AF. Vu cut his teeth as a nonprofit Executive Director and now uses his understanding of the nonprofit ecosystem to offer sharp c…
 
A modern manager is an employee’s partner. You support them, teach them, and guide them through the ups and downs of doing their work. While many new managers, and entrepreneurs are thrown into the position without training, they don’t need to flounder. With a bit of intention and determination, anyone can become a rockstar manager. Today’s guest i…
 
When you wake up, make sure that you understand what is in your control and what is not. That is how you can practice the art of self-leadership. What is in your control? In your life? In work? Once you find that, you'll be able truly lead yourself. Join Dolores Hirschmann and her guest Stacy Raske as they talk about the importance of setting bound…
 
What does it mean to lead long term change? Ginna Green is a strategist, writer, and movement-builder who is helping people do just that. As partner of the social impact firm, Uprise, she guides those who are on the frontlines of social justice in taking meaningful steps forward. Ginna joins Elana Wien to discuss what it takes to push talk into act…
 
We live in an age of distraction. No matter what we have to do – whether it's writing an essay, working in an office, or just going about our daily lives – we are constantly at the mercy of internal and external distractions. These attention-breakers have serious consequences on our quality of work. The good news is that with our growing knowledge …
 
Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife is disrupting expectations about what it means to practice Judaism. As the Executive Director of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute and founder of Kesher Pittsburgh, she brings her community together and offers space to connect, reflect, and discover embodied, Earth-based spirituality. In this episode, she speaks with…
 
People that don't feel safe in their work can't reach their full potential. Psychological safety can make the difference between a productive and innovative workplace, and one where employees feel the need to keep their heads down. As managers, it's our responsibility to create a culture of psychological safety so our team members can communicate w…
 
Welcome to season two of Just Leading, where we’re thinking differently about leadership within and beyond the Jewish world. Co-hosts Elana Wien, Gali Cooks, and Ilana Kaufman are back and ready to dig into what it means to lead today; a time full of challenges -- and opportunities! They’ll be joined by inspiring leaders who are stepping up when it…
 
For many people, the pandemic blurred the lines between personal and professional spaces. While this had many benefits such as bringing people closer together, it also created ambiguity that is challenging for managers to navigate. How can managers best create and maintain boundaries while supporting their team members’ whole selves? Today’s guest …
 
Organizations across the globe are reconsidering how, when, and where work gets done. As offices reopen and employees desire more flexibility, now is the time for teams and organizations to design a work ecosystem that meets today's needs while setting people up for the future. Today’s guest is Emily Esterly. Emily has nearly 15 years of experience…
 
Today I’m celebrating 200 episodes. This feels like a major accomplishment. When I launched the show in May 2018, just getting to 10 episodes felt a little overwhelming. Now, looking back, I’m so proud of what I was able to do and how many managers like yourself I’ve been able to help. It’s because of you that I create this show week after week. Fo…
 
Are you a woman in business? Are you're wondering what it would take for you to become visible? Founder and CEO of Women Entrepreneurs Inc. Melissa Barker joins Dolores Hirschmann in today’s episode to talk about the global platform she uses to connect women entrepreneurs to the people, resources, and opportunities they need to build a business tha…
 
Athletes train their bodies with intention. They practice their chosen activity but also take time to develop the skills needed for high performance. If our bodies benefit from both “playing the game” and “training in the gym”, why wouldn’t that same approach be true for our brains? Today’s guest is Darcy Luoma. Darcy is the author of Thoughtfully …
 
How do women become entrepreneurs? Dolores Hirschmann talks with Julie Foucht, an Art of Feminine Marketing Coach. Julie shares how she helps women face their fears and woundedness through shadow work in photoshoots. Seeing the wounded photos allows women to get it out of their bodies and heal. Then her team photographs them next when they’re power…
 
Whether you're a leader or a manager, the chances are that you occasionally (or regularly) find yourself dealing with difficult situations. Coaching is an increasingly popular way of helping people develop the skills, habits, and mindsets needed to reach their full potential by better understanding themselves, their goals, and the situations they e…
 
People management has become only tougher after the pandemic. As a manager, it's your job to find the right balance for your team. Should your team work from home or in the office? Or why are your team meetings not getting the results you want? If you're having those problems, then stay tuned to today's episode. Join Dolores Hirschmann as she talks…
 
It seems like every day there is a new communications app or an advance in communications technology capabilities. These tools are intended to help us collaborate more effectively with our team, but they can also lead to a tangled web of information and a messy communication system. Plus, teams are exploring new ways of working as hybrid work slowl…
 
How we go about our work can make or break our productivity and effectiveness. The ability to meet deadlines, stay calm under pressure, develop a project plan and focus on a task without checking email every five minutes are all part of the skillset known as executive functioning. While this part of our brain develops throughout childhood, many of …
 
Managers know the value of team building, but not all activities are effective or right for your people. Traditional team-building activities like ropes courses, paintball games, or scavenger hunts often don’t speak to millennials or employees in other generations. They can also be competitive instead of collaborative, or require physical abilities…
 
Accountability, when done right, isn't about exerting power or authority. It’s not about enforcing punishments or negative consequences. Instead, it’s about making sure that everyone does what they commit to doing through shared responsibility for success. Managers who do this develop strong teams with strong performance. Those who don’t do this en…
 
To amplify your growing market, you might want to try looking into podcast networks. Today’s guest is Hala Taha, the host of Young and Profiting Podcast and the CEO of YAP Media, a full-service social media and podcast marketing agency for top podcasters, celebrities, and CEOs generating over $2M in revenue in its first year. In this episode, she c…
 
As managers, we have a responsibility to help our employees find stability in a time of chaos. To do this most effectively, we need to understand how the brain functions best—and most importantly, how it can go wrong. Understanding the neuroscience of change will give us unparalleled insight into managing moments of uncertainty and times of change …
 
The brain is an amazing thing. Its capacity to learn is almost endless. But too often the process of learning can feel boring, difficult, stressful, and even painful. In order for the brain to retain what we’ve learned, we need to deploy the right strategies. These simple approaches make learning efficient and enjoyable. Today’s guest is Collin Jew…
 
It’s easy to get caught in the whirlwind of work. We can get carried along by the hundreds of things that need to get done, never stepping back to consider if it’s actually working or whether the path is even the right one. Taking time to prioritize, reflect, or set boundaries that actually get followed can feel like a luxury we just can’t afford g…
 
Keeping your audience engaged can be challenging. This has become a lot harder, especially with the virtual setup we’re forced to adapt to. Shifting from live events to virtual spaces is no joke, and Bari Baumgardner sits with Dolores Hirschmann to share her thoughts on that. Bari is the founder of SAGE Event Management, best known for creating "pu…
 
Influencing others is a key part of most managerial positions. Too often we conflate authority with influence. Authority is an exercise in power while influence is about encouraging people to join you in a shared mission. Whether it's getting a team member to change their behavior, generating buy-in from your supervisor, or getting a colleague in a…
 
It’s easy to get caught up in the “us versus them” mentality. Our brains naturally like to categorize people and then bond with those who are “on our team” while alienating those who are not. This can happen within an organization “marketing vs sales” or by identity “men vs other gender identities” or geography “London HQ vs remote team members” an…
 
Some managers worry that hiring a freelancer means you will have to take a leap of faith. You won’t know that person’s work ethic or professional personality. But in reality, hiring and managing a freelancer doesn’t need to be scary. Instead, it can transform your team’s work. Today’s guest is Matthew Mottola. Matthew is a leader in ethically creat…
 
Like any field, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion continues to evolve. As managers, we need to continue to grow and develop our skills. While it may seem hard to keep up with the newest concepts, it may very well be one of the most important components to being a rockstar manager now and in the future. Today’s guest is Perrine Farque. Perrine is an a…
 
In business, your marketing should be an extension of who you are, and not just another chore. When you approach marketing in an authentic way, barriers disappear and you are able to connect with your prospective clients in a new way. Branding and marketing consultant, Christina Frei, talks to Dolores Hirschmann about her authentic, and holistic ap…
 
Great managers invest in growing their team members. But who is actually responsible for professional development? Surprise: it’s the individual, not the manager. Organizations take a wide variety of approaches to professional development ranging from none at all to reserving Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for only high potentials or those str…
 
The summer of 2021 saw a staggering increase in resignations and the trend has remained. Management professor Anthony Klotz called this phenomenon the "Great Resignation." In response to the pandemic, people are rethinking their job, career, and lifestyle. What can we do, as managers, to keep our best people from leaving us? Today’s guest is Christ…
 
What do you think of when you hear the word velocity? Speed? Direction? While we’re busy running quickly from one thing to another, it's important that we always have a clear vision for where we’re headed. Working effectively isn’t just about getting to the future quickly. It’s knowing where you’re going so that your speed is meaningful. Today’s gu…
 
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