Agency Leadership Intensive with Karl Sakas

Your agency’s team has changed. Have you?

A 100% virtual program: $2,500 USD plus tax

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Up-level your agency by up-leveling your leadership

with Karl Sakas

Strong leadership is crucial to running a successful agency. As an agency owner or executive, you’re already in a leadership role. But it’s lonely at the top; are you the best leader you can be for your team and your agency?

Leading an agency can be feel like opening a box of DIY furniture. You’re excited about the end result… but the instructions aren’t always clear. And sometimes parts are broken, or missing altogether. You can roughly put it together based on the photos, but you’re often unsure about the right next step. And it always takes longer than you expect… and sometimes there are parts left over.

In the Agency Leadership Intensive, you’ll join a close-knit cohort of agency owners and executives. You’ll get ongoing access to an expert who’s advised hundreds of agency leaders. You’ll get personalized insights into yourself and your team, plus critical accountability support to move you toward your long-term goals.

If you’re accepted to the program, I’ll help you cut through the frustration and loneliness—to help you and your team make smarter decisions for smoother growth. (Also: Hire someone to assemble the DIY furniture; your time is too valuable to waste.)

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Hi, I’m Karl Sakas

I’ve advised over 400 agencies worldwide. Here’s how I can help you.


As a management consultant and executive coach, I’ve advised hundreds of agency owners worldwide. My clients call me their “agency therapist.”

As a fourth-generation business owner, I combine 20+ years of consulting with my experience as the #2 person at two digital marketing agencies. I’ve written several books about managing agencies, including Made to Lead: A Pocket Guide to Managing Marketing & Creative Teams, which I used as inspiration to create Agency Leadership Intensive.

Throughout my career I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t, how to get work done, improve profitability, and determine which advice works. I’ve helped my clients improve their leadership skills so their agencies can grow more smoothly through one-on-one coaching and consulting.

Leading an agency can often feel like a complicated and expensive guessing game: your team expects you to have all the answers… and when you don’t, you’re stuck trying to figure it all out on your own. As SNL comedian Michael Che notes: “Everything looks easy till you start doing it.”

That is why I created the Agency Leadership Intensive—to help agency owners and executives learn from my successes on leading a team. In addition to myself, the Intensive will provide you with an exclusive network of like-minded agency leaders to help you navigate challenges you face today. You’ll develop and implement a 60-day plan to up-level your leadership to up-level your agency.

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About the Leadership Development Program

Here’s what’s included with Agency Leadership Intensive


The Agency Leadership Intensive was built with agency owners and executives in mind.  In this virtual intensive, you’ll get tips to find and live your balance as an agency leader, create a personalized 60-day plan to grow immediately, build your network of like-minded agency leaders, and get group coaching support . The cohort-based program is:

Exclusive: This isn’t a leadership program open to any generic business;  it’s agencies-only. And it’s not for first-time managers. The by-application-only program is custom-designed exclusively for agency owners and executive-level leaders.

Transformational: Get personalized insights into yourself and your team, so you can prioritize where to up-level, based on the unique challenges at your agency.

Action-Oriented: It’s not just learning new ideas. You’ll practice what you learn, and you’ll create a custom 60-day “choose your own adventure” plan. And since it’s not enough to just create the plan, you’ll get accountability support to make it happen.

Supportive: Your value continues beyond the program itself. You’ll get access to a private network of fellow agency leaders. This means you’ll get re-energizing support before, during, and after the live sessions. And you’ll get time-saving templates to create a “multiplier effect” for the future.

Applications for the Agency Leadership Intensive

Applications are currently closed. 

Early-Bird Round


Regular Round


Last-Chance Round


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This course is for:

Agency Owners (Partner, Principal, Founder, CEO)

Agency Executives (C-level, Managing Director, GM, VP, Director)


At the end of this intensive, you might find yourself saying…


I feel more confident in my leadership and in my team.


After making one key change, my team is happier with our weekly meetings.


I have the tools to communicate with my team in a way that resonates with them!


I've connected with other agency leaders who helped me feel not so alone.


I feel more confident about taking a break for lunch.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who the Agency Leadership Intensive Is For

Who's the program for?

This program is for agency leaders (owners and top executives) who want to grow their agency by up-leveling their leadership. Most agencies will have between 5 and 100 team members.

Why should I apply to the Agency Leadership Intensive?

If you feel stuck as an agency owner or executive, the Agency Leadership Intensive (ALI) can help you break through the plateau. You’ll learn new techniques, connect with a network of peers, and get accountability support amidst the busy-ness of your daily life.

What outcomes or results can we expect?

You’re responsible for your results—but we’ve designed the program to help you up-level as a leader, so you can up-level your agency. For some, this means growing the business. For others, it means preparing to create a succession plan. For others, it’s about reducing day-to-day drama.

Can two people from our agency go to the Intensive?

Yes, we’ll consider this on a case-by-case basis. It tends to be a match when the two people don’t report to each other (since it’s hard to talk about leadership challenges when your direct report is in the “room”). For instance, this can work when you’re both owners, or peers on the executive team. Each person will need to apply separately, and (if accepted) buy their own ticket.

Can a boss and their subordinate both go to the Intensive?

Maybe. In your individual applications, you’d need to make the case that it wouldn’t be weird. We don’t want a situation where one person is uncomfortable sharing in front of their #2, or an executive employee is uncomfortable sharing in front of their boss.

Does the program apply to leading a remote agency?

Yes, definitely. It’s harder to run a remote agency, so growing as a leader will help you get better results. And if your team is in-person or hybrid, you’ll benefit, too.

Are there pre-requisites or other requirements?

You need to be an agency owner or top executive, at an agency with a headcount of 5+ people. Likely, all participants will have fewer than 100 people on their team.

Beyond that, we’ll give application preference to people who’ve previously completed an introductory leadership or management training (like Manager Tools, LifeLabs Leader Lab, GS10KSB, or leadership coursework in a graduate program).

To help jumpstart your progress, plan on doing 3-5 hours of “pre-homework” before the first live session on September 14, 2022. You’ll receive access to the assignments as soon as you’re accepted and paid.

About the Agency Leadership Intensive

What's the time commitment of the program?

We’ve designed the program for busy agency leaders, recognizing that you’re juggling a lot already.

During the program, you’ll spend 3-5 hours a week. This includes the live sessions (2 hours a week) with your fellow participants, plus homework and otherwise “practicing” what you’re learning.

Your time commitment will depend on what you chose to do in your 60-day plan. 

Some participants may spend more time. And you’ll likely want to participate in the Agency Lounge private community, to receive (and share) answers and support with your cohort of fellow agency leaders.

How does this compare to the "Work Less, Earn More" bootcamp?

The two programs are complementary to each other. They’re designed to help agency owners and executives make things easier:

  • “Work Less, Earn More” Bootcamp: Helping you increase their income and reduce their hours.
  • Agency Leadership Intensive: Helping you up-level your agency by up-leveling your leadership.

Most people will benefit from taking both, but they’re designed to work individually. And you can take them in either order—the Bootcamp and then the Intensive, or the Intensive and then the Bootcamp.

There are similarities in format (100% virtual, live sessions, accountability, creating a plan, accountability support, Agency Lounge private community). But only ~10% of the content overlaps between the two.

Applying to the Agency Leadership Intensive

How do I apply to the Agency Leadership Intensive?

Applications are currently closed. 

The application itself is a 10-question survey. The sooner you apply, the lower the price (if accepted).

Interested in the Agency Leadership Intensive?  Sign up here, and we’ll notify you when applications open next!

Does it cost money to apply?

No, it’s free to apply. And if accepted, you can decide whether to join. Paying by the deadline (it’ll vary by application round) locks-in your spot.

How long does it take to apply?

Most people will complete the free application in under 15 minutes, once it opens July 13th. We know you’re busy! In our testing, people were ranging from 3 minutes to 7 minutes.

How soon will I get an application decision?

Our goal is to share a “yes/no” decision within 2 weeks (or less) of each application deadline. 

If you’re accepted, you’ll get a payment link; the payment locks-in your spot.

    What if spots sell-out before I apply?

    The sooner you apply, the better your odds of getting accepted. Once the event is sold-out, we’ll update the page to reflect this, and switch to accepting “waitlist” applications.


    Pricing for the Agency Leadership Intensive

    What's the cost for the Agency Leadership Intensive?

    There are three tiers of pricing, based on how soon you complete the application. Depending on your billing address, Teachable may charge sales tax on top of the base price.

    • Early-Bird Applications: Applications open Wednesday, July 13th. Early-bird deadline is Wednesday, July 27th. If accepted via Early-Bird, you’ll pay $1,500 USD plus tax. This is a $1,000 early-bird discount.
    • Regular Applications: Applications open Thursday, July 28th. Regular deadline is Monday, August 22nd. If accepted via the Regular phase, you’ll pay $2,000 USD plus tax. This is a $500 discount.
    • Last-Chance Applications: Applications open Tuesday, August 23rd. Last-chance deadline is Friday, September 2nd. But we may sell-out prior to the Last-Chance deadline. If accepted via the Last-Chance phase, you’ll pay $2,500 USD plus tax.

    Is there a group discount or "team" ticket option?

    Each person will need to apply separately, and (if accepted) buy their own ticket. Since this is primarily intended as an individual program, there isn’t a “team” discount.

      How do I get the discounted price?

      You’ll automatically get the lowest available price. That is, you’ll get the lowest price based on the date of your application (Early Bird, Regular, or Last-Chance). That is, you don’t need a coupon code to get the discount.

        How do I pay?

        Once applications open, you’ll click the “Apply to Join” button to apply to the program. We’ll review your application, and follow up within two weeks of the application round’s deadline.

        If accepted, you’ll get a payment link via email, to sign up and pay via Teachable. The price is based on your application tier (Early-Bird, Regular, or LastChance). Depending on your billing address, Teachable may charge sales tax.

        Is there a payment plan?

        No. If accepted, you’ll make a single payment to lock-in your spot. There’s not an “installment plan” option… but the sooner you apply, the lower the price!

        What's the refund policy?

        The program is non-refundable, but you’re welcome to send a business partner or top executive in your place. If you need to substitute a colleague, please email us ASAP to confirm they’re eligible.

        Benefits of the Agency Leadership Intensive

        Does this overlap the "Work Less, Earn More" bootcamp?

        Only about 10% of the Agency Leadership Intensive content overlaps the “Work Less, Earn More” bootcamp. Neither is a prerequisite for the other; you can take them independently, or take them together in any order.

        If you’ve done the bootcamp before, the ALI will help you grow further. And if you’re considering the bootcamp in January 2023, the ALI will help jumpstart your progress. After all, it’s easier to “Work Less, Earn More” when you improve as a leader.

        How long do I have access to the program?

        You have access (within Teachable) to the course material for at least one year. The community access will run for at least 3 months, and you’ll have the option to extend it at a significantly discounted rate.

        What technology are we using?

        Live sessions are via Zoom Meetings. Recordings and assignments will “live” on Teachable, the learning management system. Once you enroll, you’ll get immediate access to the platform, including the Week 0 materials. You’ll also get access to the Agency Lounge private community, to connect with others in your cohort.

        Is the course designed for accessibility?

        Each video has closed captions (in English), plus a downloadable transcript. You can also watch videos slower (or faster) than 1X speed. Here’s more about Accessibility at Teachable.

        What if I have a different question?

        Glad to help! Email Karl and the team at with your question.