Inspired by a discussion on self-development with my colleague, I want to share a brilliant learning resource (so far my all-time favorite) – manager tools and career tools podcasts by Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne. Mark and Mike teach every week how to manage people, build relationships with coworkers, bosses and directs, choosing communication style, how to manage your career, and give feedback (you can find a good summary on the wikipedia).
The podcasts do not focus on any easy-cheesy instant solutions, do not promise you a success in 5 minutes or every morning, or anything like that. Authors of the podcasts are very pragmatic. Each of the podcasts makes a very good inspiration to think about your own experience and behavior. I find it fascinating, because the most of universities and IT company neglect this aspects in their university/training program. IT professionals forget how important it is to invest some time to improve the way they interact with their coworkers.
If you would like to listen to these podcasts, you should first start with Basics and than go for manager-tools or career-tools depending on what you need:
- Basics (itunes) – 20 30-minutes-long episodes that capture all the basic concepts of Mark and Mike approach to management. You should listen them before choosing one below.
- Manager Tools (itunes) — a podcast on management, communication, building relationships with coworkers, directs, and managers.
- Career Tools (itunes) — a podcast on how to manage a career, write CV, prepare for an interview, document your achievements, etc.
- Check also their podcasts on DISC model. This model provides a simplified way to categorize communication styles. It is very powerful. The model helps a lot in working with other coworkers. Especially ones that have different style then yours (aka. too pushy, too precise, too slow, too… ).
I would recommend you to take a look on the list of all podcasts to find a podcast about a topic of your interests.