This phrase is creeping back into headlines as intervention in Iraq is discussed. We were thinking of the U.S. Federal Reserve System when it came to mind. Mission creep is losing sight of the forest for the trees. So many extemporaneous tasks get tacked on to a project or goal that progress becomes elusive and spirals out of control.

Visit the Associated Bank Knowledge Center for Mission Creep by Sara J. Walker, CFA, Senior Vice President & Investment Officer, Associated Private Client & Institutional Services.