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Jean Marie DiGiovanna: Stop Talking and Start Asking (Ep. #15)

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Building Better Managers Podcast Episode 15 - Jean Marie Di Giovanna

Building Better Managers Podcast Episode #15:  Stop Talking and Start Asking

Recent events have changed business and personal life in a matter of weeks. The world has moved to practicing physical/social distancing, and working remotely. At BetterManager, we are trying to use our experience to support our clients, customers, and the world, so we decided to invite a very special guest, Marc Lesser, to talk about how to find solid ground in times of uncertainty.

In this episode:

Meet Jean Marie DiGiovanna

  • Bio & Background
  • The genesis of Stop Talking and Start Asking

The Principles of Rennaisance Culture

  • Ask a New Question
  • Honor the Diversity of Ideas
  • Connect to Innovate
  • Act with Accountability
  • Magnify the Value of Your Ideas

The Power of Questions

  • Having the right tools.
  • Not enough leaders are trained as coaches.
  • Great coaching is about listening.
  • The more you know about your team members, the more you know what motivates them, the more you know what engages them (and the more you know what ticks them off), the better you can all work together.

Psychological Safety & Diversity

  • The elements of authenticity.
  • How can we as leaders & managers create a space for our team to bring all of themselves to work.
  • A psychologically safe space to say, "Hey, this doesn't work for me." So one of the suggestions and that that's in the book is, how can you as a manager, create forums where you get your team together to literally allow them to speak their truth of what's going on.
  • Without trust, as a leader or manager, we're nowhere we cannot do anything without that trust.
  • We have to be careful as managers not to immediately go to solutions.


  • Tips for improving one-on-ones: changing environments, movements,
  • Appreciating team members.
  • Creating a culture of play for innovation.

Downloads & Resources

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Check out our blog articles on Leadership here.

About Jean Marie DiGiovanna

Jean Marie DiGiovanna is an international keynote Speaker, corporate educator and certified executive coach who is passionate about helping people think and lead differently. She is a master of experiential learning with over 25 years of experience speaking and consulting on leadership, communication and team effectiveness.

Jean Marie's programs are highly engaging and content-rich, with tools leaders and their teams can apply immediately to succeed. In true Renaissance Spirit, when Jean Marie isn’t working, she is busy traveling the world, working in her art studio, skiing fast or dancing to live Latin music.

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