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The transition from daily contributor to manager isn't as glamorous as it's made out to be.

When I first made the jump, I thought it would be great and not much different than what I was already doing as a marketer.

But I learned over time that the job is actually very different and requires a completely different kind of process and way of thinking.

For almost 2 years I'll admit I was a pretty crappy Head of Marketing. I didn't know just how much focus went into people managing.

I'm nowhere near perfect now, but by focusing on and practicing a number of specific skill sets, the marketing team at Venngage is a lot more growth minded and autonomous overall.

I never realized how important those two things are to the growth of a company.

Now we execute much faster, with substantially better results.

I put together this detailed guide that outlines the exact practices I wish I knew when I started.