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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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Team Gatherings - Happy Hour

Happy hours can be an excellent tool for team building and boosting morale. They are ideal for various occasions: * Farewell parties for departing team members. * Celebrating team achievements or individual promotions. * Seasonal gatherings or significant local events. However, the key to a successful happy hour lies in thoughtful planning. As

Team Gatherings - Happy Hour
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Expense Reporting and Approval: A Manager's Guide

Managing expenses in the workplace can sometimes feel like navigating a maze without a map. Whether you're at a startup feeling every dollar or at a medium-sized enterprise where expense reports flow like water, the crux of the matter is the same: approving expenses is a task that

Expense Reporting and Approval: A Manager's Guide
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Navigating Timesheets in the Workplace: A Manager's Guide

Timesheets are a staple in many workplaces, from hourly employees and contract firms to organizations with stringent fiscal tracking. They serve as a critical tool for ensuring accurate billing and financial management. As a manager, you are pivotal in ensuring accurate and compliant timesheets. The Importance of Accurate Time Tracking

Navigating Timesheets in the Workplace: A Manager's Guide
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Elevating Team Performance with Scenario Training

Scenario training is an easy way to level up your team and help develop future leaders and managers. When you're starting, you can walk through experiences you've gone through in your career and talk about how it played out. The whole "hindsight is 20/20&

Elevating Team Performance with Scenario Training
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Crafting Career Pathways: The Essential Guide to Creating a Career Rubric

As managers, it's our responsibility to guide our team members through their career journeys. An essential tool in this process is the career rubric, a structured framework that clarifies the path to advancement and sets clear expectations. Understanding the Career Rubric A career rubric serves as a roadmap

Crafting Career Pathways: The Essential Guide to Creating a Career Rubric
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Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting a Strategic Staffing Plan for Managers

Step 1: Develop a Comprehensive Staffing Plan and Secure Funding Creating an effective staffing plan is crucial for achieving your deliverables. Your plan should address the following key questions: Identify Required Roles and Skills: What specific roles and skills are necessary for your project? For example, if you're

Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting a Strategic Staffing Plan for Managers
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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

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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