Strong Suit 179: Why Middle-Managers are Likely Your Company's Missing Link

Let’s get real.
If you’re going to be a great leader, you can’t do it on your own. You need to develop a team of great leaders, who can in turn recruit & energize their teams of Rockstars.
Unfortunately, the managers who report to you likely haven’t been trained & developed when it comes to recruiting & managing.
Weak middle-managers are the curse of death for an organization.
Simply read your staff’s reviews on and you’ll see what I mean. Just when you feel like you’re educating, inspiring, and communicating for the tenth time, that’s the first time the rank & file are hearing it. And middle-managers are the missing link.
So I searched for an expert on how to improve in this area. And I found him … in Tulsa of all places.
David Burkus is a bestselling author, a sought-after speaker, and professor of leadership at Oral Roberts University.
He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. And his TED Talk has been viewed 1.7 million times!
David’s also the author of the phenomenal book “Under New Management” in which he challenges traditional mindsets.
In this 20-minute episode, David & I examine two of them.

  1. Recruiting – how to hire as a team, just like Whole Foods does (after 60 days, teammates vote new-hires in or out)
  2. Leading & managing – teaching your managers how to coach & develop their teams

Most executives assume their middle-managers are good at hiring. Most aren’t.
Listen to this episode, and you can change that.

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“Jeff has recruited Rockstars and built winning cultures for 25 years. Finally, he shows us how!” —Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group Venture Capital