The number one answer to the number one question in business: What does it take to succeed?

If it’s all about people, why do we do such a lousy job hiring, training, developing and LEADING people?

One answer is certainly the culture of your workplace – the mood, the atmosphere, and the direction created by the guy in the biggest office. Sometimes a company’s culture is one of excitement, change and energy; though more often than not it’s either a hanging cloud of despair or a playground for the gossip crowd and their merry band of do-nothings.

This blog – – was created to help you become a true leader. Help you become someone who can cut through the corporate BS that seems to entrap the average and below average. Someone willing to laugh at the status quo, and shame anyone and everyone who uses the phrase “well, that’s how we’ve always done it.”  A manager who is willing to not only make decisions, but also to truly empower her team to make decisions for her.

This blog was created to help you get the most out of people – and to help you get this without intimidation, cajoling or beatings. Rather, this blog is designed to help you gain trust and respect with your team. Once they trust and respect you, they’ll gladly give you their all.

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Steve Stauning has written leadership, management, sales and inspirational material as TheManager on since 2008. Though, Steve is much more than just a successful and popular writer, he also a keynote speaker and trainer; and the founder and CEO of pladoogle, a leading ecommerce solutions and consulting firm providing cutting-edge products as well as leadership, sales and customer experience consultation to industries ranging from automotive to both old and new media.

Beyond his work with pladoogle, Steve is also proudly involved with Dealers United as a member of the Dealers United Board – and has been since 2011. His work with this phenomenal organization is often limited based on his other commitments, but he believes so strongly in their mission that he proudly tackles whatever roles they ask him to fill.

Steve’s writing style and approach to leadership was formed early in life. Growing up poor, Steve began working as a pre-teen, selling candy door-to-door and delivering newspapers. After graduating high school, Steve proudly served in the US Marine Corps as a Russian Linguist and then went on to work his way through college at Arizona State University and Governors State University.

Recently, Steve has served in various automotive leadership roles, including as the Asbury Automotive Group’s (NYSE: ABG) director of ecommerce, the director of the Web Solutions division of the Reynolds & Reynolds Company, and as general manager for Dealer Web Services at Dealer Specialties. He maintains a video training site offering free sales and leadership training at 


  1. Tanya
    August 31, 2015 @ 2:37 PM

    My name is Tanya. I am doing online marketing for different brands.
    I was wondering if you accept guest/sponsored articles or if you do paid reviews on your website .
    Could you please give me your general rates?
    Thank you for your time!


    • TheManager
      August 31, 2015 @ 2:46 PM

      Hi Tanya,

      Thank you for your question, though I will refer you to our FTC Disclosure which details all instances where we would accept compensation: As you’ll read on that page:

      ATM Staff is often asked to post the works of others recommending a particular product or website in exchange for compensation. While we do allow original guest posts (when these posts are free of recommendations, well-written, relevant and are unduplicated elsewhere on the Web), we routinely reject and will continue to reject requests to post guest endorsements.

      Best wishes,



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