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LGM 21: March Session

LGM 21: March Session

At the March 25 Leadership Greater Madison 21 session, participants heard about workforce development, social services, and K12 education from experts Scott Jansen, Carmen Porco, Lynn Green, and Lisa Kvistad. They also began the challenging task of selecting teams and exploring team project ideas.

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  • 40 Under 40: 2014 Class, Part 4

    Get to know some of the professionals selected for In Business magazine’s 2014 class of 40 Under 40. You’ll learn a bit about their professional lives as well as some of their hidden talents. In this episode, we feature Kayla Storlid, owner of Kayla’s Custom Cleaning, LLC; Peter C. Osman, owner/attorney with Borakove-Osman, LLC; Sandy Morales, fund development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County; Brad Grzesiak, principal/co-founder of Bendyworks, Inc.; and Todd Schmidt, economic development director for the Village of Waunakee.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Why bosses are crucial to employee engagement

Last year Dale Carnegie Training asked MSW Research to undertake a benchmark, nationwide, cross-industry study of 1,500 employees to explore engagement in the workplace. The study discovered that among the multiple factors affecting employee engagement, a manager’s personal relationship with his or her direct reports is the single most influential. What follows are some of the conclusions that can be drawn from the study.

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Church leader vows to exercise religiously

Hello friends, I am Brett Christensen, one of the male contestants for the 2014 IB Get Fit Challenge. I was honored to be chosen to participate in this experience. I decided to submit an entry for this challenge for a couple of reasons.

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Forward HR

with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel

17 tips for being a great mentor

Have you ever had a mentor? Someone who took you under his or her wing to show you the ropes? Someone who freely gave their time and shared their knowledge and experience to assist you in your own growth and development? I can think of a couple of mentors I have had over the course of my career. These individuals helped shape my view of leadership and created my belief that a leader’s job, in part, is to develop future generations of leaders.

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Left Business Brain

with Tom Breuer

5 reasons not to panic about Mary Burke’s 15-point deficit

It was all over the news-o-sphere last week. (That’s just like the Twittersphere, but with better spelling and grammar and a slightly dumbed-down version of Elisabeth Hasselbeck.) According to the latest Wisconsin Public Radio-St. Norbert College poll, Mary Burke is down 15 points to Scott Walker in the governor’s race, which Burke apparently entered sometime in the last several months while the rest of us were staring at the harsh winter chafing on our elbows and wondering who will resign in disgrace first: Mike Ellis or Mike Ellis’ hair.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

With company life spans growing shorter, young firms help fill the gap

The increasingly dynamic nature of the economy means that while workers themselves may be living longer, companies are not. The average life span of a company listed in the S&P 500 index of leading U.S. companies has dropped by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to just 15 years today, according to Richard Foster, a Yale University professor and an emeritus director of McKinsey & Co.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Diversity, but not of thought or speech

It is gratifying that voices more amplified than your humble Squire’s wheezing squeeze box are beginning to sound the same alarm: that so-called progressives are doing their damnedest to stymie free speech. These electronic pages have chronicled the Hate-Walker crowd shouting down conservative speakers on the Capitol grounds, protesters attempting to shut down a bank on the Capitol Square (some of its executives had donated to Walker’s campaign), Mayor Soglin demanding ideological purity as a condition for doing business with the City of Madison, and the general mau-mauing of minority opinions hereabouts. Aside from Miss Vicki, who else in Greater Madison has spoken out for free speech?

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Scott Walker, lions, tigers, and bears! Oh my!

What would be a good day for a tax cutter like Scott Walker to announce his candidacy for re-election? How about next Tuesday, April 15 — tax day? Much fuss and bluster about Gov. Walker getting a college degree. Of course, our acquaintances on the left like to boast how much smarter they are than the man who continues to befuddle them. That’s their problem.

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Open for Business

with Jody Glynn Patrick

Shocking medical costs an eye-opener for this patient

This week I accompanied my Uncle Gene, 82, for his lab tests. He’d been feeling dizzy, and his doc suggested he wait three months to see if the symptoms disappeared of their own accord. The dizzy spells increased. The doctor prescribed a medication and changed the dosage of another medicine, but the spells continually worsened. In addition, he now has unpredictable stabbing pains in his head that stop him mid-step for a few minutes, until they disappear as mysteriously as they attack.

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‘Sedentary geek’ gets moving toward better health

When I was in high school, I was a typical geek: sedentary, played video games, read a great deal, loved board games, and generally surrounded myself with people who were like me. As someone who went to three different high schools in three different states, I forced myself to be more outgoing than I might be naturally by jumping into theater, speech, and debate.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Koch paranoids think we’re too stupid to sift or winnow for ourselves

Our progressive acquaintances have developed an unhealthy obsession with the Koch Brothers. The Koch Boys serve as their all-purpose scapegoat and boogeyman, blamed for every political disappointment.

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It's All About Content

with Thomas Marks

Why this classic brand is greater than Apple, Nike, or any other

While preparing to speak at the American Marketing Association’s Branding Conference, one of the questions that was presented to me was, “Besides Apple and Nike, name a brand that you really admire and why.” Fair enough. Although that’s assuming that I really do admire Apple and Nike. I’d be hard-pressed to say I don’t.

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Small Business, Big Ideas

with Jean Willard

Watch for tax-related phone fraud and email scams

The IRS will never call you to ask for your credit card number and never threaten to take your driver’s license, but nasty scam artists pretending to be from the IRS will — and are.

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Are you ready for equity crowdfunding in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin has jumped to the front of the pack in equity crowdfunding. On Nov. 7, state lawmakers passed legislation allowing for intrastate crowdfunding in Wisconsin. The law is expected to go into effect on June 1. Is your company ready for its crowdfunding campaign?

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

The importance of taking the scenic route in business

I have a business friend who keeps telling me that we have to “take the scenic route.” I was recently thinking about this phrase, and I came to the conclusion that being part of a small business is like taking the scenic route. One never knows what’s around the bend.

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