How to Have Difficult Conversations at Your Ad Agency

Navigate challenging discussions with finesse, maintaining professionalism while documenting performance to drive continuous improvement.
11h

OVERVIEW

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KEY TOPICS OFFERED

Performance management is a critical aspect of running an agency, including legal, cultural, and reputation implications. It addresses divergent values and standards among employees, focusing on defining a universal baseline for acceptable behavior. Effective performance management involves providing constructive feedback and coaching, assuming positive intent to encourage improvement rather than blame. This lesson goes over the process which includes Performance Discussion Records (PDRs) and Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs), with documentation and accountability throughout. The ultimate goal is positive change and growth for employees, ensuring consistency and fairness in agency operations.

Learn to navigate diverse employee values, establish universal standards, and provide insightful feedback that fuels growth. From informal coaching to formal documentation, this lesson empowers you to lead with confidence, ensuring consistent, equitable, and impactful agency operations. Enroll now to embark on a journey towards mastery in performance management and drive unparalleled success for your team and agency.

How to Have Difficult Conversations and Document Performance at your Agency
Introduction Transcript

Performance management. Not always everyone here’s favorite topic. But in the people business, which running an agency definitely is, it’s definitely the people business, we got to be really disciplined and structured in how we talk about performance. It has legal ramifications, cultural ramifications, reputation ramifications. And so what I want to talk about today is just how we think about performance management at Directive, and as well as how I think about it personally. I have found that many people who join your organization and many frankly who join mine, don’t always have my same values all the way. And what I mean by that is primarily related to the work and to how they service their customers. Most of us agree cheating’s bad, lying is bad, stealing is bad. That’s pretty easy. But when we get away from those universally shared values to the values that make our organizations unique and form the identity of who we are as a agency or team or corporation, that’s when we can have a lot of dissonance. There can be gaps of to what you think is good work versus what I think is good work.

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LESSONS

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The Best Channels to Market and Advertise Your Agency On

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How to Set a Marketing Budget for Your Ad Agency

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How to Build the Finance Department at Your Marketing Agency

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How to Design and Read a Marketing Agency Profit & Loss Statement

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The Definitive Guide to Month End Close for Your Marketing Agency

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How to Build a Financial Model for Your Marketing Agency

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How to Set Expectations for Reporting from Your Finance Department

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The Power of “Just In Time Labor” for Capacity Planning

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How to Get Referrals For Your Marketing Agency

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How to Build a Hiring Process for a Marketing Agency

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How to Run 1-on-1s at Your Marketing Agency

Foster meaningful connections and individual growth through effective one-on-one interactions that build trust and drive excellence.

How to Have Difficult Conversations at Your Ad Agency

Navigate challenging discussions with finesse, maintaining professionalism while documenting performance to drive continuous improvement.

How to Choose Benefits That Move the Needle for a Marketing Agency

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How to Create an Annual Bonus Program for Your Marketing Agency

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The Importance of an All-Hands Meeting at Your Marketing Agency

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How to Run In-Person Company Retreats in a Fully Remote Marketing Agency

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