PPP 419 | How to Fix Your Boss (and Your Team), with Molly McGrath

Total Duration 39:10

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In this episode, Andy interviews Molly McGrath, author of the book Fix My Boss: A Simple Plan to Cultivate Respect, Risk Courageous Conversations, and Increase The Bottom Line. They discuss practical ways to improve the relationship between bosses and employees, including having courageous conversations, setting clear expectations, and implementing accountability measures.

Molly emphasizes the importance of focus management and prioritization to combat the feeling of being busy. She also shares insights on empowering women in the workplace and applying project management principles to family life. Overall, the conversation provides actionable strategies for both managers and employees to cultivate respect and increase productivity.

Sound Bites

  • "Blaming your boss fixes nothing. And by the way, it's easy for bosses to do the same thing."
  • "We don't speak up because we're afraid it'll create conflict. And by not doing it, it creates conflict."
  • "Busy is usually a focus problem. It might be lack of clarity or an unrealistic amount of workload. But it's often a matter of focus."


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:36 Start of Interview
  • 02:09 Molly's Backstory and Influences
  • 04:16 Understanding Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
  • 06:25 The Power of the Pause for Managers and Employees
  • 10:38 The Importance of Courageous Conversations
  • 15:04 Daily Progress Reports: Not Micromanaging, But Empowering
  • 22:11 Challenging the Concept of Being 'Busy'
  • 25:11 Empowering Women in the Workplace
  • 28:39 Applying Project Management at Home
  • 30:30 Interview Wrap-Up
  • 31:00 Andy comments after the interview
  • 34:30 Outtakes

Learn More

You can learn more about Molly and her book at FixMyBossBook.com.

If you’d like more on this subject, check out:

  • Episode 410, with Ryan Hawk about his insightful book on excellence (I consider it a must-read)
  • Episode 366, with Michael Timms about his book on accountability, and
  • Episode 209, with Ron Lovett about his book on empowering your teams

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Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!

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The following music was used for this episode:

Music: Echo by Alexander Nakarada
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Music: Tropical Vibe by MinneTheMoog
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