Episode 49

Mastering Management with Eric Girard

Published on: 28th February, 2024

On today’s episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy sits down with guest Eric Girard to talk about what it takes to become a great manager. Eric is the founder of Girard Training Solutions, a company dedicated to transforming high-performing individual contributors into great people managers. He is also the author of the book “Lead Like a Pro: The Essential Guide for New Managers,” and the host of the podcast “Management Development Unlocked.”

Eric has a breadth of experience in Silicon Valley, with more than 30 years of experience focused on learning and development. He’s worked with globally renowned companies, delivering training both virtually and in person.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  1. Eric Girard’s background in learning and development and why his first foray into management was an epic failure.
  2. His company’s focus on helping new managers successfully make the transition from employee to manager.
  3. An example of one of Eric’s management failures and how he missed a teachable moment.
  4. The most common pitfalls managers have to overcome.
  5. Two of the biggest issues new managers repeatedly run into.
  6. Some tactics you can implement to build a better relationship with your team including SMART goals.
  7. Why the number of goals to set varies from person to person.
  8. Eric’s scuba dive training and his pursuit of becoming a Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification and the two ways it ties into his work.
  9. What his teenage twin daughters teach him about patience and when to disengage.
  10. His book, “Lead Like a Pro: The Essential Guide for New Managers,” and what you can expect to take away from it.
  11. The value of building lasting relationships for business owners.

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Performance Mindset
Realizing Excellence in Business and Commercial Real Estate
After more than a decade serving business owners and investors, Amy Calandrino and the team at Beyond Commercial has discovered that our most successful clients have a performance mindset driving them to gain a competitive edge over others in the marketplace. Through helping our clients to execute data-driven decisions, we've found that it's about so much more than property in being successful. Often self-limiting beliefs coupled with lack of information can hinder one's performance in business and investments. By having the right support invested in your success and rigorous follow through by the entrepreneur, creating exponential wealth is possible. The objective of the Performance Mindset series is to not only share insights from our most successful entrepreneur clients and other thought leaders, but also share business and commercial real estate trends. If you want to grow, you're tuning into the right show!

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Amy Calandrino

Amy Calandrino, CCIM is the Founding Principal of Beyond Commercial, a Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certified commercial real estate firm. Amy leads a team of commercial real estate experts who deliver tremendous value to business owners and investors across all asset classes.

Amy’s clientele includes local, regional, national, and international companies in a wide range of industries and numerous private investors and family offices. Her reputation as a fierce, results-driven dealmaker in sales, leasing, and investment transactions helps to achieve her client’s goals through winning bidding wars or otherwise accomplishing what others often cannot.

Currently, Amy is the Immediate Past President of Florida CCIM Chapter's Central District, Immediate Past President of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Leadership Winter Park Alumni Council, Representative on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Associate Member of the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF), and Board Member on Seacoast Bank’s Central Florida Community Board. Amy also supports many community organizations including Valencia College’s Foundation, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Easterseals Florida, and Inspire of Central Florida. Since Amy finds fulfillment helping others to achieve success, her philanthropic efforts are focused on organizations aligned with her personal mission.

Amy’s recent accolades include: 2021 “Winter Park Magazine” People to Watch; 2021 “Orlando Business Journal” Women Who Mean Business; 2021 #CREi Top LinkedIn Influencers in Commercial Real Estate; 2020 Orlando Regional REALTORS® Association (ORRA) Young Professional Network “20 Under 40” Rising Star; 2020 Globe St. Real Estate Forum “Fifty Under 40” Commercial Real Estate Professional; 2019 Connect CRE Next Generation Award; 2019 Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Winter Park Champion of the Year nominee; 2019 ORRA Good Neighbor Award Recipient; and 2018 & 2019 Central Florida Association of REALTORS® Circle of Achievement Award.

Amy lives in the Winter Park / Maitland area with her husband Phil who is a well-respected business attorney and CEO of Forward Law Firm, toddler son Giovanni “Gio”, baby daughter Giulietta “Giulie”, and Duke the whippet (@DukeWhippet). Amy enjoys cooking, knitting, traveling, reading, golfing, playing poker, and spending quality time with loved ones. For more information about Amy, visit www.amycalandrino.com