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Ad Age's Small Agency Conference Will Change How You See Your Team

How Well Do You Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses?

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Ad Age's Small Agency Conference doesn't just celebrate the growing role of independent shops today. The conference in Miami Beach on July 19 and 20 is designed to give those tasked with owning and managing small agencies the tools and ideas to address challenges and uncover opportunities.

In addition to sessions featuring past winners of Ad Age's Small Agency of the Year and an on-stage discussion about new agency models, the event will feature an interactive workshop led by Jack Skeels, productivity expert and author of forthcoming book, "Flatforce, a Manifesto for Modern Managers."

According to Mr. Skeels, not only are there certain managerial practices that actually fight speed and hide problems until it's too late, other factors such as structure and autonomy can have a considerable impact on productivity and team satisfaction. For small businesses that fear losing their creative edge, passion and culture, here are a few questions to ask:

  • As your business has grown, has trust among team members changed?

  • Has growth in sales and size made managing harder?

  • If you asked several managers what their top priorities were that day, would you get different or the same answers?

Mr. Skeels will invite discussion on the above and more at the Small Agency Conference. The workshop isn't just for agency owners — get your entire team involved. Even better: Groups of six or more receive $155 off each ticket.

Sign up your team today for Ad Age's Small Agency Conference at

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