All in Manager

Ali Merchant

The All-in-Manager podcast has one goal, to make you a better leader, faster! I share what I’ve learned in the last 10 years and keep it real. No fluff, no theory.

All Episodes

Now more than ever, your employees need your help. Today’s podcast will show you step by step how you can help your employees prioritize their… Read More > The post How to coach your employees to prioritize first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Dec 8

6 min 24 sec

Good leaders ask good questions. Here are 5 of my favorite questions 1. The trade-off question:“If you say yes to this, what will you say… Read More > The post 5 powerful coaching questions. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Dec 1

13 min 40 sec

I made this mistake as a new manager. I was careless with my language. Here’s what I did: 👉🏼 I used generic language. Examples: ❌… Read More > The post How to become a precise communicator. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Nov 3

3 min 42 sec

Recurring meetings and tasks are stubborn creatures. When they get on our calendar, they tend to stay awhile. The only way to get rid of… Read More > The post How to do a Meeting Audit in 4 steps. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Oct 26

5 min 19 sec

I’ve managed teams at small companies. I’ve led teams at big companies. I’ve noticed this on every single team: Every single team had some form… Read More > The post How to find (and reduce) friction on your team. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Oct 20

4 min 30 sec

Saying “I’m not sure” won’t kill your career. But this will: When you don’t know the answer to something and you BS your people. They… Read More > The post How to build credibility as a leader first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Oct 13

3 min 45 sec

Today’s episode is my favorite. My podcast guest is a cognitive scientist who literally wrote the book on how to give feedback. Therese Huston is… Read More > The post Make Feedback Your Superpower. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Aug 11

47 min 34 sec

Pre-pandemic, Sarah and I would commute in the cold Chicago winter on the train. I hated it, but now I’m kinda missing it. The commute… Read More > The post 3 “shutdown” rituals to beat stress. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Jun 16

9 min 11 sec

I love a good team ritual. Team rituals help us connect, they help us bond and they give our team a personality. Team rituals could… Read More > The post Three Team Rituals to build connection. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

May 19

11 min 49 sec

I’ve been speaking, researching, and writing about burnout for the last year. In that time, only one thing has been consistent — Burnout has been… Read More > The post We need to rethink burnout. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

May 12

10 min 24 sec

Most meetings are failing. This trend is going to exacerbate in a “Hybrid World”.  In today’s episode, I share 5 specific steps to make your… Read More > The post Are your meetings failing? first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Apr 14

17 min 36 sec

My podcast guest literally wrote the book on how to work remotely. David Burkus is an organizational psychologist, one of the world’s leading management thinkers,… Read More > The post Lead From Anywhere first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Mar 24

34 min 23 sec

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what your teams thought of you. Most managers would absolutely love to know what their employees think of… Read More > The post How to draw out difficult feedback from your team first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Mar 17

26 min 21 sec

Burnout and exhaustion aren’t slowing down. In 2019, 11% of Americans reported having symptoms of anxiety. In April 2020, that number had gone up to… Read More > The post 3 underrated ways to connect with your team. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Feb 17

4 min 38 sec

Most of us have a hard time hitting our goals, both professionally and in our personal lives.    Why? We’re doing goal-setting all wrong.  Setting meaningful… Read More > The post Traditional Goal-setting is broken first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Feb 9

6 min 55 sec

Most managers don’t ask enough questions. We tend to default to answers instead. Having the right answer might work in the short term. However, it… Read More > The post Are you a micromanager? Try this question to find out first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Feb 3

5 min 43 sec

Most first-time managers fail to realize the value of individually connecting with their direct reports. On the other hand. Great bosses go to great lengths… Read More > The post The three ingredients of a great 1:1 meeting. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Dec 2020

7 min 47 sec

Imagine you’re in a meeting with your manager, and you hear the words, “I have some feedback…”. Do you initially tense up, or feel anxious… Read More > The post How to deal with difficult feedback. first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Dec 2020

19 min 21 sec

45% of teams in the workplace are feeling less connected under Covid-19. If you’re like any leader out there, you’re trying everything to keep your… Read More > The post Should my video be on for all meetings? It depends first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Nov 2020

17 min 18 sec

Every time I’m cooking pasta, I ask my wife, “Is this done?” and she gives me immediate feedback: ​ “Hmm, missing some salt.” ​ “Too… Read More > The post How to get “real” feedback in 4 steps first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Nov 2020

8 min 20 sec

I’ve been spending a lot of time this week, going through some really interesting data and research on how employees are feeling in the workplace. Here… Read More > The post How to increase employee engagement in 2020 first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Oct 2020

17 min 9 sec

Your weekly (or bi-weekly) team meeting is one of the most important meetings on your calendar. Most leaders are wasting this opportunity by under-leveraging these… Read More > The post Step by Step framework to fixing your team meetings first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Sep 2020

16 min 13 sec

The day I became VP, my boss pulled me aside and said the following: “The higher up you go, the more trade-offs you’ll need to… Read More > The post How to say no with confidence first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Sep 2020

14 min 48 sec

If you’re managing a team for the first time, you might be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. The stress to prove your worth can show… Read More > The post 3 limiting beliefs of first-time managers first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Sep 2020

14 min 4 sec

Now more than ever, your employees need your help. Today’s podcast will show you step by step how you can help your employees prioritize their… Read More > The post How to coach your employees to prioritize first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Aug 2020

6 min 27 sec

As a manager running a remote team has become much more complicated, and chances are either you or your team is starting to feel the… Read More > The post How to manage a struggling employee first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Aug 2020

12 min 45 sec

As a manager running a remote team has become much more complicated, and chances are either you or your team is starting to feel the… Read More > The post 3 time-tested tactics for managing remote teams first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Aug 2020

18 min 49 sec

In this episode, I share 4 signals of a failing 1:1 meeting and how you can get them back on track. The post 4 signs of a failing 1:1 meeting (and how to fix it) first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Dec 2019

37 min 56 sec

In this episode, I share a 3-part framework to help you give feedback with confidence. I also share guidelines on when, where and how to give difficult feedback plus the 5 biggest mistakes managers make when giving feedback. I also answer three listener questions. The post Giving difficult feedback with confidence first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Nov 2019

38 min 36 sec

If you’ve heard any of my previous episodes, you know I’m a big fan of managers truly connecting with their direct reports. Today, I want… Read More > The post How to run productive 1:1 meetings first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Jan 2018

36 min 2 sec

Today podcast is all about 1:1s - Why it's important to start doing them AND how you should introduce the idea to your team. The post How should I start doing 1:1s? 5 guidelines and a script first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Jan 2018

15 min 36 sec

5 quick ideas to help you connect with your team. The post How do I connect with my team? first appeared on Ali Merchant.

Jan 2018

9 min 46 sec