THE BLOG

27
Jan

To be honest…

Ever notice how often people say “to be honest” or “to be completely honest” or “to be totally honest” or ” to be perfectly honest” ? I am noticing it more and more, especially when I say it, and its a peculiar phrase. Because, what does it mean if I didn’t say it ? That  I wasn’t going to be honest, or not completely honest, or totally dishonest or imperfectly honest? That likely isn’t the intent but it makes me pause. To be honest, it makes we wonder why I say it at all.

25
Jan

Steppin’ Up

Us at Impact Group have been upping our game in the world of physical activity… but only because we have to.

In participating in Grow’s Walk Across the Grow Map challenge we are attempting to take more steps. We have created a simultaneous Impact Group challenge, at the end of which someone will win the coveted prize (which has yet to be determined).

We have been logging the steps we’re taking every day and the simple action of entering a number into an online tracking system has created a buzz of competition throughout the office.

This isn’t to say that everyone at Impact Group is completely inactive, but the added pressure is definitely making a difference. I find myself walking on the spot while waiting for a fax to send and I heard that Chris has been attempting to walk back and forth from his kitchen to the computer a few more times a day.

I would also like to mention that my dad and I actually started this trend. We were the first to receive pedometers through anther outlet and were making erroneous steps around the office while others snickered at us. But now we are looked upon as the seasoned steppers, so who’s snickering now?

25
Jan

Best advice I ever got

Was from my brother Garth. Many years ago I was talking to him about my job. I didn’t like what I was doing, where my career was headed and the lack of progress with moving ahead. I wasn’t sure what I wanted but I was sure I wanted out. He said to me, “Now is the time to do your job the very best you can. DO the best work you have ever done. Pour it on and then if you do leave, they will be sorry to lose you. Or maybe, the job will get better.” I did what he suggested and in 6 months I was promoted. Words to live by, and advice I always give to someone who is dissatisfied in their job.

17
Jan

Its US election year again – Post 1

US politics has always been a love of mine and I have followed it closely since the day JFK died. I find the US system fascinating and fun, and am amazed at how a democracy still works with a country of 350 million people. I was asked my view of the US Republican primaries and so I will blog on this as time moves on toward November 6, 2012 when Americans go to the polls to elect their President.

Because President Obama is in his first term, there will be no legitimate contest for the Democrats. He will run for President for a second term and he will most likely win. Please understand, I am not a supporter of any US party. I am simply an observer from the cheap seats with a fascination and an opinion. So, for what its worth here are the three  reasons I think Obama gets in again.

1. The economy is improving – with 3 million jobs created, and an unemployment rate of 8.5% the Democrats can talk a good story about economic recovery. Even though 8 million jobs were lost, they will blame that on the outgoing Bush administration from 2008, once the the national campaign starts this summer.

2. The Republicans will get blamed for nothing getting done – Obama’s Presidential victory in 2008 was accompanied by majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Because of that, Congress passed 2 significant health care reforms, “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care  Act (March 20, 2010) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act” (March 23, 2010), which was the main platform of his election campaign. In the 2010 midterms, he got roasted for doing it, just like Tommy Douglas did, when he drove universal health care in Canada in the 60’s. Also, in 2010 the economy was in the tank, so they lost control of the house in the mid term election, and everything that Obama has  wanted to do since then has stalled. But he’s got the troops out of Iraq, his health care bill is law, the economy is improving and people will forget 2 years ago and blame the stalling of action on the partisan republican house. It happened before with Reagan and Clinton and I predict it will happen here.

3. The Republicans have no compelling candidate – I’ll blog more on this. The Republicans are decimated as far as candidates that can captivate the electorate. Mitt Romney is the clear front runner after the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. Second is Newt Gingrich. Newt scares people. Ron Paul is 3rd. He scares more people. Rick Santorum is 4th. He scares me!  And they are beating the daylights out of each other in the primaries while the Democrats are silent. Its a steep hill to climb.

More after the South Carolina primary.

 

17
Jan

Meet Sheena, our new team mate

We are pleased to welcome Sheena Haffner to our team. She started full time this summer. Yea, yea, so it has taken me awhile to announce it. Anyway, Sheena brings a great energy and important skill set to us. Sheena does project management, office management and is working closely with Kate on art direction and design. She is also a professional photographer and does great work in every area. I would attach a picture of her, but I don’t know how so go back to the main website and go to the team picture. Sheena is on the far right. I know, I’ll learn.

17
Jan

Oh its blogging time again…

Its time to start blogging again for two reasons. Firstly, we launched our new website thanks to great work by our team, and secondly, people demanded we start up again. (two people casually mentioned it, actually) So like it or not, we are starting a blog to talk about things that are of interest to us, our clients, friends and relatives and perhaps others. Who knows? We might write something interesting. But the big improvement over last time is that our whole team will contribute. (Or they’re fired.) That has to be good news. So stay tuned. And if you have a take, send it in. We’d love to hear from you!