5 Quick Podcast Episodes to Grow Your Management Skills

Labor Day is coming up this weekend, so instead of telling you to kick back, relax, and forget about work, we’re giving you a few podcast recommendations to focus on your professional development.

Thanks to podcasts like This American Life and Serial, podcasts have become increasingly popular in the United States and abroad in the past few years. In fact, according to Apple, there are over 550,000 podcasts available as of June 2018.

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With so many podcasts available to us, it can be difficult to find which ones can actually provide value. So, to save you some time, we wanted to recommend a few great podcast episodes on management and leadership so you can start learning and improving on your day off. Whether you listen to them at 3x speed or you take every word to heart, these episodes will be sure to give you valuable management knowledge and advice.

Masters of Scale by Reid Hoffman – How to Make the Star Employees You Need

If you’re having a difficult time hiring the right employees, you might want to try a different approach to growth. This episode of Hoffman’s prolific podcast brings to light the little-known strategy to employee development and building strong teams. Google and Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer discusses her experience at Google building the search-giant’s first product manager training program when the company was fewer than 40 employees and kept hitting walls during the recruitment process.

The GaryVee Audio Experience by Gary Vaynerchuck Building Company Culture, Keeping Employees Happy & Why You Need to Be HR, CEO 

In true GaryVee fashion, this podcast is fast-paced, sharp, and full of actionable advice. In this episode, Gary dives into how leaders can promote a positive company culture by figuring out how to motivate your unique employees.

Dear HBR: Bad Bosses

Ever wondered what your direct reports say about you behind your back? If yes, then this is the podcast episode for you. Hosted by two senior editors at the Harvard Business Review, Dear HBR: is the newest podcast series on how to be a good manager, or rather, how to avoid being a bad manager.

The Nice Guys on Business – Being an Active Viral Leader

This episode of The Nice Guys on Business will help you go beyond goal setting and give you some real life advice on how to advance your leadership skills and management presence.

HBR IdeaCast – Ask Better Questions

Last on this list we’ve included another great episode from one of HBR’s other podcast series. Often one of the last things holding leaders back is their lack of awareness of which questions to ask. This episode focuses on how managers and leaders can achieve faster business results by simply asking better questions.

What are your favorite podcasts on leadership and management? Let us know by tagging us on social media @reflektive on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn!

BONUS PODCAST: HR Happy Hour – Creating a Culture of Performance Based on Feedback