adj: wise through reflection and experience


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How to Conduct Effective Meetings

For many of us, our calendars are packed with meetings throughout the day. That’s why it is so important that when we schedule and plan meetings; we take careful consideration into the purpose of bringing everyone together and what needs to come out of the meeting. A few years ago, I wrote a blog post on how to plan effective meetings and the recommendations are still relevant today.

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What I Learned from Covey’s First Habit: Letting Go and Increasing Influence

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. What I Learned from Habit 1: Letting Go and Increasing Influence Reinhold Niebuhr is famously quoted saying, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I’ve always been drawn to this quote.

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Making Telecommuting Work for you and Your Coworkers

Written by Dawn Attwood and Lara Plathe Telecommuting, or working remotely, is increasingly becoming an option that companies are offering to employees. Since 2005, the telecommuter population has grown nearly 80 percent according to Global Workplace Analytics. Whether it’s one day a week or full-time, there are a few things to make working remotely a better experience for you or team members that are working off-site.

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Organization and Time Management

I have a confession to make before you start reading this love letter to time management and organization. I’m not a busy mom on-the-go. Years ago, at my first post-college job, I worked for a busy mom on-the-go and she wrote a piece for the company newsletter about this same topic. She pointed out that when she’s got a lot to do, she’ll multitask.

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Email vs. Phone vs. In-person: What’s Best for Workplace Communication?

The ever-connected world we live in provides a lot more convenience than was offered even five years ago, but with that ease-of-access there have been a number of changes in the way we go about our business, both personally and at work. The convenience afforded by instant messengers and email make it easy to respond to an issue quickly but removes the personal interaction we had through a phone call or stopping by someone’s desk.

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Investing in Culture through Employee Engagement

Employee engagement can be thought of not only as how someone feels about what they are doing and their overall work experience, but also as the emotional commitment he or she has. This means they don’t just work for a paycheck or the next promotion, but work on behalf of the organization’s goals. When employees care – when they are engaged – they use discretionary effort and go that “extra mile.” You’ll find the “engaged” programmer working overtime when needed, without being asked.

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Meals from the Heartland

Celebrating SA with 35,000 meals

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an oft-mentioned topic amongst companies big and small, and with its pervasive nature comes a lot of opportunity. For the 35 years of Strategic America’s existence, CSR has played a large role in the company culture, forming the foundation for who we are today. When the agency was founded, CSR was an integral piece to its growth plan and is deeply engrained in the day-to-day business at the agency.

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Head First: Diving in to the agency world as a CFO

My 27 year career in the finance and accounting field has largely been focused in publishing, with the last two years in commercial printing. With that being said, I recently started a new chapter in my career, adding agency work to the mix. With a little less than two months under my belt as CFO, I’ve had to hit the ground running as we were beginning our year-end audit review, closing the books for the first month of the fiscal year, and revising monthly projections for the remainder of our fiscal year. 

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