The Modern Manager

What is your career goal as a manager?

Managers play an essential role across all types of companies, and there are many levels for managers within an organization. But knowing which management level is right for you and how to advance your career isn't always clear. Fortunately, our guest has all the answers to your career path questions.

Today's guest is Sonja "Dynamo" Price. Sonja is a Top Career Strategist, Salary Advisor, and Leadership Coach. She has authored two books on career advancement, has a Master's Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development, and is a Certified Career and Executive Coach. She trained with Al Gore to become a Climate Reality Leader and is actively engaged with the Seattle Board of Conscious Capitalism.

In this week's episode, Sonja and I talk about the things you should consider when thinking about what managerial level is right for you and how to make it happen.

We also get into the details on what to do if your company doesn't give you the promotion you were hoping for, how to handle a conversation with a team member who wants to advance their career, and so much more!

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Conversation Topics
  • (00:00) Intro
  • (02:15) How do you know if middle management or a senior leadership position is for you
  • (07:44) What steps should you consider when advancing your career?
  • (15:56) How managers can handle a conversation when an underperforming team member wants to be a manager
  • (20:38) Do you need an advanced degree when moving up the ladder?
  • (24:55) What to do if your company doesn’t give you the promotion you requested?
  • (28:49) A great manager Sonja has worked for
  • (30:52) Keep up with Sonja
  • (32:09) [Extended Episode Only] How do you evaluate whether or not a promotion or project is right for you
  • (37:19) [Extended Episode Only] How to approach your manager when you’re ready for a promotion

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- Check out her website for more information here

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