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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Great Manager: Jerry Rudzinski

On the last The Great Manager webcast, we talked to Jerry Rudzinski, Director of Sales, Stryker Patient Handling.

While earning a business degree from Ohio State University, Jerry spent much of his time playing football for the Buckeyes. He said that the biggest takeaway from his playing days had nothing to do with learning the intricacies of the sport; it was the firsthand exposure of what makes a bad coach, and the characteristics of a great coach. Being a team captain, Jerry says he modeled his leadership ability after some of his best coaches, and he continues to emulate those traits in his role today.

Great managers don’t view their employees as mere workers. In order to have a positive impact on an individual, an exceptional leader will investigate what makes that person great, both at work and outside of it. Jerry has found great success with this management style, and credits it to his best coaches in college. He said his coaches who truly cared about him as a person helped him develop more than anyone else had.

Engaging employees is critical to the success of a great manager. Employee engagement is more than ensuring your team members are happy or having fun at work. It requires continuous, open communication between you and them. Jerry points out that you can hire phenomenal talent, but it means nothing if you don’t have the means to keep them engaged. 

To hear Jerry talk more about the practices that make him a great manager, watch the full video above.

Join us for our next The Great Manager live webcast on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. EST (-0500 GMT). We will be hosting Lynn Harris, Director of Rehab Services for Greenfield (Ohio) Area Medical Center.

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Jerry is Gallup's 2014 Manager of the Year, which was awarded to him at the 2014 Gallup Great Workplace Awards. He is a radio analyst for Ohio State football, having been a captain for the Buckeyes in 1998. He is also a two-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, completing the competition in 2010 and 2013.

Jerry’s top five strengths: Competition | Maximizer | Focus | Achiever | Significance

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