S.M.A.R.T. Business Opinion

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People and Culture Articles

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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People and Culture Articles

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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People and Culture Articles

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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People and Culture Articles

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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People and Culture Articles

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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People and Culture Articles

The Problem with the Golden and Platinum Rules

Hi team, it’s your friend Mary with the I in Team series where you can find, be, and build your positive influence! This week, I want to discuss my personal opinion on the Golden and Platinum Rules. To review, the Golden Rule is, essentially, “treat everyone as you would want

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SBA-PPP
Strategy Articles

Was the SBA-PPP just a data collection project?

Written by: Brian Smith & Mary Smith My job as a business consultant is helping small businesses. Our clients range in size from three to over a thousand employees. Our firm is experiencing a high volume of new and current clients looking for advice on how to navigate the chaos

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Strategy Articles

Q.E. Now – A Real Solution

Written by: Brian Smith Quantitative Easing and the government bailout of equity, banking, and insurance firms have cost our country trillions of dollars, shored up the institutions receiving the funding, and created a long-term liability of possible hyperinflation on our economy.  While the practice has created a treasure trove of

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People and Culture Articles

The Downfall of the Great NFL

Written by: Brian Smith I remember Sundays in Chicagoland when everyone needed to see the opening kickoff. It wasn’t that long ago that Devin Hester’s opening kickoff return was primetime viewing. He had a knack for electrifying plays! It was incredible; stores would be empty, highways looked deserted, and local

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