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The Influence of Communication on Successful Strategy Blog header with CEO of AIA Corporation Nancy Schmidt's headshot

As leaders, shaping organizational strategy is one of our most important roles. We spend a lot of time developing and implementing strategy, yet we rarely talk about what to do when strategy fails. 

 

In 2019, strategy consultant Jeroen Kraaijenbrink identified 20 reasons why strategies...

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blog header: own your journey by Nancy Schmidt, CEO of AIA Corporation

I often encourage members of the AIA Community to own their own journey because I believe ownership and accountability are the bedrock of professional and personal success for each of us.

So what do I mean by “own your journey?” Owning your journey is about creating your own future, taking...

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The Wisdom of Kindness Blog Banner, by Nancy Schmidt, CEO of AIA Corporation

The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau asked a question in the 1700s that still resonates today. He asked, “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”

His assertion that kindness is wisdom resonates with me as a leader during this period in our history. In a world full of challenges...

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how to create a disaster recovery plan blog header by chris alfano, svp of business technology at aia corporation

A disaster can happen to your business in countless ways. Not being prepared for these situations can make it even more challenging for your company to recover, whether it's a cybersecurity incident, natural disaster, or data breach. Staying proactive by developing a disaster recovery plan for these...

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Blog Header: How Managed IT Services Can Help Your Employees Stay Productive. By Chris Alfano, SVP of Business Technology at AIA Corporation

Creating a productive work environment for your employees should always be a top priority for small business owners. Using new technology is a great way to make jobs easier while also automating basic tasks. A managed service provider can help your small business find different ways to increase...

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4 Mistakes to Avoid While Searching for an IT Service Provider By SVP Of Business Technology at AIA,Chris Alfano

Trying to manage the technical aspects of your business can be a huge undertaking. Outsourcing your IT needs with a managed service provider is a wonderful choice for many small businesses. However, finding the right IT service provider that best meets all of your needs isn’t easy. Not all IT...

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Applying and expanding your skill set with a career in promo products blog header by ceo of aia corporation, nancy schmidt

Promo items have been a tool in the marketer’s toolbox for over 200 years, and they are only becoming more prevalent as businesses look for new ways to thank and engage their employees and customers and reward their loyalty. The first promotional item in US history was a commemorative button made...

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blog banner graphic that says 5 myths about data backups in the cloud, by SVP of Business Technology at AIA, Chris Alfano

Creating backups in the cloud for your business is key to limiting the impact of data loss. These data backups also give you additional protection against ransomware attacks. Unfortunately, many common myths about data backups can result in major security risks for businesses. Learning about these...

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How and IT Audit Can Improve Business Operations blog header by chris alfano, SVP of business technology at aia corporation

Technology plays a key role in nearly all areas of a company. Any technical issues can lead to downtime and make it a challenge for employees to stay productive. Working with a managed service provider to conduct IT audits for your company can help you identify any potential problems before they...

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living the entrepreneurial dream by nancy schmidt, ceo of aia corporation blog header

In June 2021, 440,000 new businesses were started, capping a record-high, 16-month period for startups in the US referred to as the COVID Small Business Boom.  Additionally, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that the number of unincorporated self-employed people in the U.S. reached 10...