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Welcome to The Art of Management, where you and I will explore and hopefully better understand the lost art of being an amazing manager and leader.

I’ve been a researcher, professor, coach and award-winning entrepreneur, and over the last decade  I’ve had the privilege of teaching over one hundred organizations, coaching thousands of people just like you in how to work better together.

Here’s the whole point of this podcast: the way most people manage, and probably you as well, is very wrong. Our modern idea of managing is very messed up. I’m gonna help you fix that.

Here’s why you should trust me: I have several decades of being a “so-called” very successful manager and leader, with the requisite recognitions and awards. And, I can tell you with absolute certainty I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing. I was a horrible manager by the standards which I will soon help you understand. I know how bad we can be as managers. First hand.

I have to confess that I don’t know if I am a good manager yet, but I do know I am a good teacher, so I’ll avoid the rest of that cliche and just say that these ideas that I will try to stuff into your head, this way of thinking, it works.

They’re not my ideas, but the ideas of many others, most of whom you’ve never heard of. But put together, they tell an amazing and strange story about what managing really is and what it should be.

And that’s the story that I will share with you.

Join me on this journey.

Tao management

This podcast is intended to be a learning journey for leaders, managers and those who aspire to those roles and responsibilities.  It focuses on a style of managing we call Artisanal Management, which embodies ideas of craft and mentorship along with the notion that it is truly an art, one of the finest that humanity has ever developed, and its practitioners are ultimately responsible for investing in their own journey.

Our symbol is the eye, because seeing well is truly the finest skill that a management artist can possess. Our name, abbreviated “Tao Management” or “TaoM” reflects the need for a holistic view, the Tao within which exist the light and dark of our managerial selves.

Your host: Jack Skeels

Jack is a former RAND senior analyst, and currently CEO of AgencyAgile, an business transformation and coaching firm that helps agencies, marketers, and other complex service organizations go better, faster and happier.   His career included leading Sapient’s 105-person Los Angeles office, founding and executive roles in multiple startups.  He is a coach to executives, a thought-leader and evangelist to industry, and wakes every day driven to create a revolution in leadership and management practices, optimal organization design, and delivery excellence.
Jack is a lover of fine wine and dinners with good friends. He lives in Marina Del Rey, California.


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