S.M.A.R.T. Business DEI

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Poor Justification in Business

Hi, team! It’s your friend, Mary, with the “I” in Team series where you can find, be, and build your positive influence. Welcome to 2023! Let’s start this fresh chapter off on the right foot and discuss something that happens frequently in business: Justification for poor actions. Justification in itself is not always a bad thing,

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The Importance of S.M.A.R.T. Goals

As we’ve stepped into the new year, we have had all this talk about goal setting and making sure its S.M.A.R.T. but why is that important? Why is applying S.M.A.R.T. to your goal setting important for success?  This year we will give you all the tools you need to make

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Reflecting on the Past to Create Goals for the Future

It’s the time of year for resolutions and goals.  We at IA are proponent of S.M.A.R.T. Goals but one of the challenges we hear is; Where do I start with goals? First, let’s define S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. One of the best ways to set S.M.A.R.T.

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Lookout for Cultural Pitfalls

Hi, team! It’s your friend, Mary, with the I in Team series where you can find, be, and build your positive influence. When you’re working on building your organization’s culture, you will undoubtedly come across several pitfalls. When you think of pitfalls, imagine the unforeseen circumstances that have set you back in the past. These can

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Spreading Positive Influence in The Office

This month kicked off our Spreading Positive Influence Series where our clients discussed the ways in which we have positively influenced them and their business. We believe it is not only important to influence your clients but to influence your team! It’s important to be a positive influence to the

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Managing Cliques on Teams

Hi, team! It’s your friend, Mary, with the I in Team series where you can find, be, and build your positive influence. One example of leaders being tested on their ability to create and maintain a positive company culture is when we see cliques develop on teams. Grouping with those who are like us is only

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Normalize Pronouns in the Workplace to Improve Culture

Hi, team! It’s your friend, Mary, with the I in Team series where you can find, be, and build your positive influence. One topic that is close to my heart is the topic of diversity, and it seems to keep coming up. It’s been at the forefront of discussions for the past two+ years, leaving the

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Leaders Need to Embrace Diversity

Written by: Mary Smith It may be difficult for organizations to change their thinking, processes, or procedures without acceptance of these changes from the top. Leaders need to embrace their organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, becoming champions of this much needed addition to an organization’s foundation. Aside from promoting

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What does inclusion look like?

Written by: Mary Smith Diversity and inclusion often go hand-in-hand, with several organizations talking about D&I (diversity and inclusion) or DE&I (diversity, equity, and inclusion) efforts. However, diversity is much easier to gain and to prove, and inclusion doesn’t follow behind just because diversity is present. Inclusion is a conscious

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