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Frank Blecha

“People don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.”

I write the advice I wish I had earlier in my career.

After leading teams for over twenty years, all successful teams have one thing in common: outstanding managers.  Those managers play an outsized role in the organization by delivering early, retaining talented people, and helping employees grow their careers.

Whether you’re a new manager or have been at it for a while and trying to accelerate your career, I offer practical advice to give you a leg up in your management expertise.

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Stakeholders

Stakeholders are the people who have a stake in your delivery. Sometimes, they're easy to identify (they provide funding), and sometimes, you'll have to uncover them through several layers of management. You must understand who they are because their goals are part of how you are

Stakeholders
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Process: Agency

Every agency runs a model of "get it done for the client as fast as possible." Some agencies use that to burn out your team as long as you can deliver on time. It's a juggling act in agency life: projects, deadlines, resources – all moving at

Process: Agency
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Optimizing the Interviewing and Hiring Process: A Manager's Strategy

When building a high-performing team, interviewing and hiring are critical steps. This phase can be time-consuming, especially for multiple positions, so staying in sync with your Recruiter is key. Establish regular meetings to discuss the status of your hiring pipeline and address any concerns, such as advertising effectiveness or pipeline

Optimizing the Interviewing and Hiring Process: A Manager's Strategy
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The Art of Giving High Fives: Transforming Praise into Performance

I grew up in the Midwest farming country in the United States. It's known for being "flyover country" (boring) and for its work ethic. But it has its own ethos; for example, You're expected to work hard; doing a good job is the minimum

The Art of Giving High Fives: Transforming Praise into Performance
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Deciding to Extend the Job Offer: A Critical Choice

It pays to be discerning when it comes time to extend a job offer. Picture yourself as the owner of the company. Would you feel confident hiring this candidate on your dime? This perspective can turn a tentative decision into a clear yes or no. Why would you invest the

Deciding to Extend the Job Offer: A Critical Choice
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Mastering the Art of Job Appeal: Beyond Just a Paycheck

Recruiting top talent involves much more than just offering a competitive salary. It's about presenting your company and the role as a unique opportunity that resonates with the candidate's aspirations and values. You must recruit people to your cause and convince them they want to work

Mastering the Art of Job Appeal: Beyond Just a Paycheck
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Step 2 in Building a Winning Team: Mastering the Recruitment Process

Recruiting the right people is crucial when building a team that can deliver value and scale. It's an art, especially when attracting top talent already employed elsewhere. Your challenge is to offer competitive compensation and present a compelling reason for them to join your team. Crafting an Effective

Step 2 in Building a Winning Team: Mastering the Recruitment Process
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Navigating Office Dynamics: The Landmines of Workspace Politics

Office dynamics often veer into the personal once employees stake their claim on a workspace. The transformation of a desk from a piece of furniture to a personal territory is fascinating, symbolizing belonging and investment in one's work environment. However, this attachment brings its own set of challenges.

Navigating Office Dynamics: The Landmines of Workspace Politics
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Navigating the Job Approval Process: A Manager's Guide to Team Expansion

When you're in a position where your team needs to grow due to increased workload or to fill a gap left by a departing team member, understanding how to navigate the job approval process is crucial. This guide will walk you through each step, ensuring you're

Navigating the Job Approval Process: A Manager's Guide to Team Expansion
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The Onboarding Blueprint for New Hires

Pre-arrival Preparations Before your new hire steps through the door, initiate contact. Whether by email or phone, this preemptive touch sets a welcoming tone and eases first-day jitters. Have their workspace ready and stocked—it's a silent signal that new employees are valued from the get-go. Equip them

The Onboarding Blueprint for New Hires