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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Don’t question education chief Tony Evers — he is nonpartisan

Getting a fair shake for Republicans in Dane County is harder than getting a Badger touchdown call from Saturday’s referees at snowy Camp Randall.

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Forward HR

with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel

Stop the mind reading — give candid feedback

Providing feedback (positive and constructive) is Management 101. Giving feedback to direct reports, coworkers, or team members is essential to success. Providing upward feedback, while sometimes tricky, helps contribute to a transparent environment focused on growth and development.

Comments: 2

Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Social Security changes are coming soon — you may need to plan now!

You may have already read that the government will end the file-and-suspend and restricted application claiming strategies for Social Security.


Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

What do millennials want? It’s a question communities should answer

Ian Abston, the energetic young co-founder of NEWaukee, began his presentation to Sauk County’s economic development leaders by confronting head-on the question of how people view the millennial generation.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Grow or die

Many years ago when I was in the real estate side of the restaurant business, I was attending the National Restaurant Association Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. This is an annual event that is a must stop for learning the current state of affairs in the business, as well discovering what new, cutting edge products and services were available. The show continues to be held in May of every year at the same location.


Left Business Brain

with Tom Breuer

Handicapping Scott Walker’s potential presidential rivals

There’s something terribly revealing — and inadvertently uninspiring — about the Ready for Hillary PAC’s apt but deadly dull tagline, “Ready for Hillary.” It evokes a long-neglected, distasteful obligation, like going back to school after summer vacation or getting your first colonoscopy. It may very well be for the best but … hmm.


Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Keep calm and supervise on

The problem would have been averted if everyone just followed the rules. Unexpected behavior can lead to bad consequences.


Smart Sustainable Biz

with Jessie Lerner

MPower Champions show Greater Madison businesses the meaning of sustainability

The MPower Business Champions were in a sharing mood at the Jan. 23 MPower Champion Public Showcase (video link). Reynolds Transfer & Storage and Shopbop shared their bike repair stand projects. Trek Bicycles and Aprilaire shared information about their sustainable food projects. And State Street restaurant Tutto Pasta shared its energy-efficiency projects.


The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

How your PTO policy can help create a culture of health and wellbeing

Employee health and wellbeing is a hot topic these days in workplaces across the nation. Ultimately, employers want their employees to be healthy, engaged, and productive. Not only does this make the workplace more pleasant, but it helps keep health care and employer costs down.


Mad @ Mgmt

with Walter Simson

The checklist manifesto for business

Here’s a little survival tip for consultants. Do NOT suggest that a middle market company adopt a new procedure. No one likes new procedures. By extension they do not like consultants who bring up new procedures.


Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

When your child asks for a loan, should you say yes?

You raised them, helped get them through school, and now your children are on their own. Or are they? Even adult children sometimes need financial help. But if your child asks you for a loan, don’t pull out your checkbook until you’ve examined the financial and emotional costs. Start the process by considering a few key questions.


Open for Business

with Jody Glynn Patrick

What’s your policy on hiring felons?

The least painful or expensive way to learn best business practices is not by making mistakes but rather by joining the IB family, where we highlight success stories and share cautionary tales about the missteps of others in workshops, in print, and online. Toward that goal, here’s another learning opportunity.

Comments: 12

Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

What does the Cybersecurity Act mean for your business?

According to a 2013 study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, cybercrime costs the United States an estimated $100 billion per year. Businesses and the government clearly have an interest in curbing those losses. On Oct. 27, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA, S. 754). While it still must be reconciled with the House version, and then signed into law by the president, the bill seems likely to be enacted into law sometime in early 2016.


The Web Chef's Cafe

with Paul Gibler

3 tools to support your visual content marketing

2015 is the year of visual content marketing. A big reason why is the explosive growth of visual social media networks like Instagram, Pinterest, and Vine. These networks allow for the distribution and sharing of a wide array of visual content, including slides, photos, videos, charts, infographics, and more.


Open Mic

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November employment report key for Fed rate lift-off

U.S. economic data remained relatively mixed last week, likely indicating U.S. growth remains modest with no acceleration, but does not appear to be slowing toward recession.


The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Things to be grateful for

Gratitude engages one’s heart. It’s the most powerful when it becomes an approach to daily routine. It becomes especially important in the United States in November as Thanksgiving Day approaches and folks begin thinking of all the things for which they are grateful.


Small Business, Big Ideas

with Jean Willard

5 tax-planning opportunities to think about right now

As 2014 draws to a close, you have more tax-planning opportunities available to you than ever before, but you also face more tax challenges. More than 50 popular tax provisions expired at the end of 2013 (many are projected to be reinstated, but as of today they have not been), so some new planning techniques are going to be needed.


Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

The nativists beat their chests

Some Republicans in the nation’s capital apparently never tire of doing two silly and stupid things: turning off Latino voters in advance of presidential elections and charging right into Barack Obama’s bayonets when forcing government shutdowns.


Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Can Paul Ryan help get a long-term transportation deal done?

There has certainly been a flurry of activity in Washington, D.C. Despite a great deal of controversy, Congress reached a bipartisan deal to avoid a government shutdown and the House of Representatives elected its youngest speaker since 1869 — and the first one from Wisconsin.


In Biz

with Bill Haight

A common-sense quiz about forced minimum wages

1) An appliance store sells a particular TV set for $500. A government tax or regulation requires it to raise this price to $600. The store will likely sell: a. More of these TV sets; b. Fewer of these TV sets; c. The same number of these TV sets.

Comments: 3

It's All About Content

with Thomas Marks

What your website’s ‘About Us’ page should say

Let’s talk About Us. Or we can talk about About, or even about Us. The point is, there’s some disagreement about About on your website. About how important About is, about if it should be About Us rather than About or even Us. But I’m stepping in to call a truce. I think it is important and it starts with some pretty interesting research.


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