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The New Manager Podcast

The New Manager Podcast

By Kim Nicol
Your host, Kim Nicol, has taught over 1,000 students through her Crash Course for New Managers at General Assembly. This podcast is for her students, and anyone who wants to learn and grow as a leader at work.
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32. Know Your Value with Michelle Karver
I’m excited for you to meet my first guest, career coach Michelle Karver! Listen in as we talk about confidence and how to know your value at work. Learn more about Michelle at her website,
April 22, 2021
31. When to Leave
Three stories about when to leave a company or career, ideas for how to think about your choices, and what to do with the emotions that will come up.
April 16, 2021
30. The Difference Between Leadership and Management
This episode is about the distinction between leadership and management, and why it’s useful to be clear about how they are different.
April 12, 2021
29. Immeasurable Assets - Confidence
Let’s talk about Confidence. We’ll go beyond performative displays to connecting with your own self-trust, no matter what.
April 5, 2021
28. Three Stories About Promotions
In this episode I share three stories about promotions. You were peers and friends, but now you’re promoted to their manager. Scope creep on the job. Elevating others. Plus an observation that ties it all together.
March 17, 2021
27. There Are Many Ways
Feel like you messed up? This episode is for you. I share three stories from my own career journey, of mistakes real and imagined. And I give you some ideas for how to think about it when it happens in your own human life.
March 6, 2021
26. Who Broke the Toaster?
A story about a toaster reveals some powerful insights about trust and how we work together.
January 29, 2021
25. Immeasurable Assets - Trust
In this episode I introduce the concept of Immeasurable Assets, and we explore one in particular: Trust. It’s an important element in creating high-performing teams and functional relationships, especially at work.
January 22, 2021
24. What Are You Avoiding?
This question holds so much insight that can help you as a manager and a leader. We all get into avoidance from time to time. What are you avoiding? And how can you move forward? Take time with this one, there are a few angles to explore!
January 4, 2021
23. What to Do Next
In this episode I share a practice to help develop your thinking about being a manager — so that you know what to do next. This will help you become more flexible, authentic, and effective at work.
December 7, 2020
22. Your Value Story
In this episode I talk about your Value Story, measurable and immeasurable value, and how to think more expansively about the value you bring. This is something you’ll use in conversations with your own manager. It’s a great time of year to reflect on your Value Story, and acknowledge all the ways you make a positive contribution to your team and workplace.
November 17, 2020
21. How Are We Going to Work Together?
You don’t need to have all the answers. Sometimes being a great manager is about asking questions and listening. In this episode you’ll learn how to use one of my favorite questions to create more engagement, collaborations, and responsibility with your team.
November 2, 2020
20. People Are Selfish
Remembering that people are selfish can help you be a better manager and leader. It might seem counterintuitive, but it can inspire you to be more thoughtful and a better communicator. In this episode I’ll share some stories and ideas that you can use at work.
October 6, 2020
19. Managing Your Energy
The seasons have changed, can you feel it? In this episode I get into why it’s important to manage your energy, and how relationships play a part.
September 24, 2020
18. Trust Yourself
Quick episode with a reminder to TRUST yourself. Everyone is figuring this out as they go. Deep breath. You’ve got this.
August 26, 2020
17. The Problem with Trying to Solve Problems
It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s really important that you know when to slow down and NOT get into solving all the problems. Let’s talk about Individual contributor vs Manager & Leadership mindset.
August 20, 2020
16. If You’re Actively Job Seeking
In this episode I share thoughts about job change — which can be exhausting under the best of circumstances. Our work relationship is tied to our identity, feeling of belonging, and our financial well-being. So any change can have a big effect in our lives.
July 29, 2020
15. Influence by Inner Weather
In this episode I talk about the concept of Inner Weather and Micro Climates at work, and how you can use them to find more power and influence. This is especially useful when you’re responsible for managing outcomes, but don’t have direct reports — when you have to manage by influence.
July 24, 2020
14. Feedback: No Sandwiches
Ever had a feedback sandwich? Most of my students are tired of them, but not really sure what other options they have. So in this episode I share some ideas to help you serve up feedback that people will want to receive.
July 14, 2020
13. Communication: Feedback
It’s July, and that means mid-year reviews. So let’s talk about feedback, it’s the topic my students ask about most. In this episode I talk about behaviors vs judgements, and why being specific builds more trust than being general.
July 6, 2020
12. The Best Manager You Ever Had
This is one of my favorite topics! I’ll walk you through three ways to use this question to help grow your perspective and get ideas for how to be a better manager for your team.
June 16, 2020
11. How to Support Your Team as Humans
You don’t need to “solve a problem” in order to help, but there are a few things to consider when you want to be supportive. I’ll walk you through.
April 1, 2020
10. The To Be List
You won’t always know what to do. Instead, try asking yourself: Who do I want to be?
March 27, 2020
9. The Lens You Look Through
Humans are great, but can be so frustrating. Sometimes when we feel in conflict at work, it’s because we forget that everyone is looking through a different lens. This comes up a lot with cross-functional teams. This episode will help.
February 21, 2020
8. Using Personality Assessment Tools
MBTI, Strengths Finder, Enneagram... Should you be using these kinds of assessment tools at work? Let’s talk about how can they help, and how they can get in the way.
January 27, 2020
7. The Support & Authority Map
This is the framework I use to organize how we think about the “soft skills” you need as a manager. It’s simple, but really useful! The map has four places: three tend to be most familiar, and one will take a little work.
January 20, 2020
6. Asking for Training Budget
You might be surprised at how much support is available to you at work for your career growth and training. I chat with my friend Teresa Torres from Product Talk about how to ask your work to pay for your professional development.
January 5, 2020
5. Taking things personally
Being a human means we tend to take things personally! I do it, you do it, and the people on your team do, too. Problem is that it really gets in the way.
January 2, 2020
4. How Self-care will make you a better manager
When you neglect self-care you’re not going to be as effective as a manager. In this episode I breakdown 4 levels that will help you get clear on what to focus on in your own life, so you can show up as a better leader for your team.
December 31, 2019
3. If you’re worried about doing it wrong.
You don’t have to be perfect. Let’s talk about a better way to think about the job of being a manager.
December 18, 2019
2. The Two Essential Skills Every New Manager Needs
There are only two essential skills that you need to be a great manager. Once you get clear on what they are, every other related skill is easier to understand.
December 2, 2019
1. Welcome to The New Manager Podcast
Learning to be a great manager is a skill. We begin with a question: What makes an awful manager?
November 26, 2019