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Employee Engagement: Pass the Pretzels, Not the Buck

Employee engagement activities are often considered the bike trails of the work place. You see, the best cities are great places to do business and raise a family. To attract the people that are going to work at and run those businesses and raise those families, a city has to have amenities like bike trails (and parks and pools and public transportation and plumbing and pharmers markets—it’s how they spell it in Europe).

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My 2016 Fiscal Year End To-Do List

Take time to complete time sheets. Check.   Attend SA’s fiscal year end party. Check.            Let all know that SA clients and leadership appreciate their talented commitments. Check. Take a deep breath, appreciate and enjoy. Check … This past fiscal year has allowed us to experience our share of special moments, like – The privilege of working with and advancing America’s best companies – in strategic branding, field marketing, digital and full service assignments to help each achieve their goals.

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The Importance of Professional Development

If you are looking for professional development opportunities, the options seem endless. Among PRSA, AMA, AAF, DMA and IABC, there are many organizations for communication and advertising professionals to join. But, how do you figure out what’s the best choice for you? How do you even decide what’s important to your professional development? How do you keep PD fresh and new, even after years in the business?

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Antarctica – A Father-Daughter Adventure

The best decisions in my life are the ones I don’t think about. The ones where I get a crazy idea and just run with it. My latest idea – go to Antarctica. My dad and I began our adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina a small town at the most southern tip of South America. Ushuaia is also known as the “End of the World.” It is a picturesque place complete with blue water, green forests, and snowcapped mountains.

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Win Together – Covey’s Fourth Habit

In our efforts to Find a Better Way, Strategic Americans all attend Franklin Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People workshop. Over the next few months, you’ll hear about each of the seven habits from a different SA associate. Over the past several years we have taken our entire company through Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

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Listen Up! – Covey’s Fifth Habit

In our efforts to Find a Better Way, Strategic Americans all attend Franklin Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People workshop. Over the next few months, you’ll hear about each of the seven habits from a different SA associate. To be fair, the rules were complicated, as games from the mind of 5-year-old are inclined to be.

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Better Together – Covey’s Sixth Habit

In our efforts to Find a Better Way, Strategic Americans all attend Franklin Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People workshop. Over the next few months, you’ll hear about each of the seven habits from a different SA associate. “Alone we can do little but together we can accomplish a lot.” This quote perfectly embodies Synergizing, the 6th Habit in Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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Drum Roll Please… SA Named Top Workplace

What does it take to make a great workplace? Hint: It’s not a physical facility. And while important, it’s not even the compensation and benefits. According to Workplace Dynamics, it’s the feeling that everyone is able to contribute and see their value toward an organization’s success. SA is one of those great workplaces. Earlier this year, after being nominated by one of our associates, then conducting a survey among our employees, we can officially announce that SA is – a Top Iowa Workplace!

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Get Personal with Covey’s Second Habit

In our efforts to Find a Better Way, Strategic Americans all attend Franklin Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People workshop. Over the next few months, you’ll hear about each of the seven habits from a different SA associate. How a Personal Mission Statement Helps You Begin With the End in Mind® In my experience, things go better when you have an idea of how you want it to turn out.

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