In February 2020, just a few weeks before the pandemic hit, our SA family had the opportunity to gather together to celebrate our 40th anniversary . While our focus quickly shifted to meet the new challenges and changes facing our clients, it’s important to take the time to appreciate the growth and success we’ve had over the years.
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*This blog was first published at Waxing Unlyrical. By Lisa Holtorf and Dawn Buzynski For most companies, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means giving back to the surrounding community. It is typically done by supporting specific organizations either financially, through time and resources, or both. Companies choose to give because it’s the right thing to do, and it directly impacts the communities in which their employees live and work.
By Jill LaBarre and Stephen Smith “How was your day?” This question is asked millions of times across the world every day. Why? Because we all share a thirst for collecting new information. As humans, we are constantly exploring and learning, most often from people and sources we trust. While asking this question demonstrates a curiosity, it also demonstrates care.
Since Strategic America opened its doors almost 40 years ago, finding a way to help others has been at the core of our business. As we approach a season full of gratitude and appreciation, it’s also a time where we are reminded of the importance of giving back. SA and our employees have partnered with a number of organizations to find meaningful ways to give back to the community – whether it be serving on a board, providing our talents and services, volunteering time or raising funds.
The job hunt after graduation can be brutal for young professionals looking to get started in their career. There’s a lot of pressure to find a job in your field that pays well. On top of that pressure, there’s a rush to get there in under six months so you can be part of your college or university’s “successful graduate” rate.
Alternately titled: All the things you can do with spaghetti and a marshmallow By Dawn Buzynski and Jill LaBarre Can we ask you a question? What motivates you? More specifically, what is it about your professional occupation that drives you to give your best every day? If something did not immediately jump to mind or if you cannot really vocalize—even to yourself—a meaningful purpose to your work, chances are you are disengaged or simply disinterested in your job.
Dear College Graduate…. Spring has sprung and with it a new crop of college graduates looking to land their dream job right out of the gate. We’ve all been there and we all know how hard it is to get the attention of a hiring manager. As I see my inbox fill with the resumes of so many hopefuls fresh out of the classroom, I do make note of who is interested in our agency.
The growth of any organization brings a level of excitement and, honestly, apprehension for all team members. Why? Because it means change – change to the physical space they sit in, who they sit next to, how far it is to the printer, what they do and even how they do it. Growth typically requires a review of the organization’s physical space needs.
It might sound strange, but I like to see team sports participation on a resume. Don’t get me wrong, it’s never going to impact a hiring decision, but it does say something about experience. It doesn’t matter the sport. The higher the level, the better—but I think team sports are best. The lessons learned are lifelong: preparation, accountability, trusting others to do their part, a focus on the fundamentals, and of course, teamwork.
Being a good team leader means you must know your team. You’re observant of everyone’s strengths and you let them know you notice their strengths. You understand how to make them happy and that’s what drives you to lead. I liken leading a happy team to leading a pack of dogs. Trust me, there are many similarities.