Why Managing People is a Challenge for Many Business Owners with Heather Polivka

The Growing your Team Podcast: Episode 196


Welcoming your first team members into your business is an exciting time but also brings some unexpected challenges. You now have to manage people. 

Being a people manager seems easy. But doing it proves that things are not always as easy as they look. Managing others takes skills that not everyone naturally has. 

As a business owner, managing a team effectively is very important to the stability and growth of your company. Poor people management can lead to higher turnover, lost customers, and falling revenue. 

So, how do you become a great people manager and lead your first employees successfully?

Heather Polivka joins the Growing Your Team podcast to help explain some of the basics of great people management and how to build a team that supports your vision without increasing your struggles.  

Listen Now:

In this Episode You’ll Hear:

  • Commonly forgotten but important items for when leading people 
  • Why time is a valuable part of the training process
  • How people retain information – and how it relates to your new hires not catching on quickly
  • How to create a foundation in your company that gives your team members a structured environment where they can excel 
  • How people leadership skills expand beyond managing employees 

About Heather Polivka:

Heather Polivka is a trusted guide and business advisor who helps leaders create workplaces where people thrive, great talent stays, and businesses grow.  

Heather founded Awesome People Leaders (APL), a manager development experience, to address the prevalent gap in employee retention and engagement at companies of all sizes across multiple industries: a lack of training and development for frontline and middle managers. APL provides a series of micro-learnings and actions for real-world management scenarios to cultivate high-performance team building, and an online private community to collaborate, share, receive feedback, and learn from others’ experiences.

Awesome People Leaders has been recognized as a 2022 MNCup Start Up Competition Semi-Finalist and a 2023 Fire Award Honoree for putting Minnesota on the map for innovation.  

In 2023, Heather was selected as a 100 Women to KNOW, a Top Ten Women Business Owner of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), as well as becoming an alumni scholar of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.  

Heather always ensures a positive impact goes beyond the workplace. She is a SCORE mentor, Co-Chair of the Catalyst Fund to empower early-stage women business owners, and active in the work of child abuse prevention and anti-racism.

How to Connect with Heather Polivka:

Suggested Resources:

Select the full year program, paid in full, and receive a free 1:1 coaching session and $100 off here: https://www.awesomepeopleleaders.com/ 

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