Three Madison originals died last week — Leon Varjian, Uncle Rodney Kreunen, and Marty Beil.
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.
Last month, I wrote in detail about why financial planning needs to lead the investment process. Once the financial plan is designed, it’s time to move on to one of the most important components of any long-term plan: development and ongoing maintenance of an investment policy statement (IPS), or investment strategy. It is the link between your financial plan and the ongoing work necessary to manage a prudent investment portfolio.
All businesses must labor, to one degree or another, under a certain amount of mythology.
One of the situations I have observed in our training programs, especially in the last few years, is the inability or reluctance of some younger folks to have a real, live discussion. This observation comes from listening to hundreds of reports of real-world experiences in the realm of the workplace.
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.
The problem would have been averted if everyone just followed the rules. Unexpected behavior can lead to bad consequences.
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.
Most employers are well aware of the taxing cost of workers’ compensation insurance and how this burden can increase exponentially with claims. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates employers pay $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs. When factoring in indirect costs, such as training replacement employees, investigating the accident, and taking corrective action, the cost to an employer is a staggering amount.
In the 1937 comic farce Topper, a young Cary Grant portrays George Kerby, a playboy attending the board meeting of his family’s bank.
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.
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.
As the demand for wireless bandwidth continues to grow, wireless providers are increasingly turning to small cell technology to address gaps in wireless capacity. The use of small cells or “micro” cells presents many of the same issues from a leasing perspective as traditional “macro” cells installed on towers or other tall structures; however, several unique issues with small cells should be considered by both property owners and wireless companies.
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.
Recent market volatility provides a vivid reminder that markets rarely go up or down steadily. And when markets trend down at a time when an investor is approaching or recently entered retirement, this can be cause for real concern. In fact, sequence of returns is one of the biggest potential risks to a retirement portfolio. Sequence of returns is the order in which investors experience returns.
How did it get to be October already? At a recent networking breakfast, the conversation at my table was centered on two questions: How did summer go by so fast, and Why didn’t more of these people take time off to enjoy and appreciate life? There was a lot of grumbling about how busy everyone is these days, and how they need to be reminded to “have a life.” The word “stressed” was used several times. One table guest lamented that even though she was working more, she still went home at the end of the day feeling like she hadn’t accomplished everything she’d set out to do. Another told us that he has been known to find excuses for not taking a time out when he’s overwhelmed at work.
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.
The Exact Sciences option for Judge Doyle Square was placed in doubt Tuesday by a federal task force, but it’s still too early for local leaders to join investors in jumping off the ledge.
Here we go. The real life impacts of kicking the can down the road on transportation funding are now being felt. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recently announced a several year delay of the five most significant improvement projects in Wisconsin other than the Zoo Interchange. Judging from the reaction, people do not seem happy.
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.
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.