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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

25 thoughts about business, selling, and success (part 2)

In last month’s blog, we reviewed the first 13 of 25 thoughts based on the experience of my colleague from Toronto, Kevin Crone. Here are the final 12 insights from Kevin.

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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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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Liberal county board members: hold your secret meetings where there is beer!

The tightie-whiteys here at the Blaska Police Research Werkes (and Tanning Salon) remain resolutely untwisted. But good on the Wisconsin State Journal for highlighting the secret meetings conducted by the liberal-progressive-socialist super-majority on the Dane County Board.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

Top 10 tax breaks you’ll miss in 2014

You probably didn’t notice, but when the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, 2013, a number of popular tax benefits, commonly included in the list of provisions referred to as “tax extenders,” expired. While it’s possible that Congress could retroactively extend some or all of these items, you’ll have to evaluate your 2014 tax situation based on the fact that they’re no longer available.

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Mad @ Mgmt

with Walter Simson

Top Mech: Why can’t the trades become as popular as the culinary arts?

When I was young I got a summer job at a French country restaurant in New England. The idea was to live at the restaurant in an effort to make big bucks and sharpen my French. The days were incredibly long. Breakfast at 7, serve coffee and pastry to the owner and the chef for their working meeting at 8, vacuum the dining room at 9, fold napkins and polish silver at 10. Lunch service from 11:30 to 3. Our dinner of leftovers at 4:30, followed by more folding, polishing, and vacuuming.

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The Web Chef's Cafe

with Paul Gibler

How to take advantage of Pinterest metrics, tools, and techniques

My last blog post brought you up to speed on some of the new developments with Pinterest. Since that post, there has been at least one significant development worth tracking as part of your Pinterest strategy — the preannouncement of self-service Promoted Pins Advertising. You can sign up for priority access to Promoted Pins once Pinterest has launched the program by registering at its site.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Why ‘outsourcing’ is a permanent (and necessary) part of the modern economy

The increasingly curious exchange between incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke over the “outsourcing” of jobs illustrates how political campaigns and economic realities seldom mesh.

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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.

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Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Canada’s anti-spam law is in effect; are you compliant?

On July 1, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) went into effect. The law is broad and has far-reaching effects, even for those who do not do extensive business in Canada.

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Open Mic

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Market and economic update: Geopolitics capture markets’ attention

Geopolitical issues remained at the forefront of market attention. Israel invaded the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the continued rocket attacks. Ukrainian separatists seem to have mistakenly shot down a Malaysian Airlines flight. President Obama extended sanctions against additional Russian financial institutions to pressure an end to Russia’s interference in Ukraine.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

By the time you get to Missoula, you’re really fit: the value of lifelong learning

On beautiful Friday or Saturday summer evenings, my wife and I like to hang out at the Memorial Union Terrace. The last time we were there, I happened to strike up a conversation with a guy sitting next to us. He ended up telling us that when he retired last summer, he gave himself a retirement present of biking solo across the country.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Perfume haters of the world unite!

I know I’ve blogged about perfume and cologne abuse before, but it’s a subject that needs to be put out there again — and often. I’m on my soapbox because, once again, I’ve been the victim of perfume abuse. My husband, Dave, and I went to a movie on “date night” and had to look for different seats when a scent abuser entered a close-by row.

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Smart Sustainable Biz

with Jessie Lerner

How to make a profit while making a difference

How do you solve society’s most vexing environmental and social issues while becoming more profitable at the same time? Collaboration. Sound too hard? Shift your frame of reference in order to view communities as partners, not just resources. Shift your frame of reference and treat employees and customers as multifaceted humans, not just as worker bees and consumers.

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Small Business, Big Ideas

with Jean Willard

New business repair regulations: When is a repair actually a repair?

Now that tax season is months behind us, it’s time to catch up with all the new topics that will affect us over the course of this year and beyond. One of the areas we need to put more emphasis on is whether money spent should be classified as a true repair or as a capitalized fixed asset.

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Left Business Brain

with Tom Breuer

Walker attacks Burke on outsourcing; will he now censure his friends?

It was bound to come: the full-frontal assault on Mary Burke over outsourcing. In fact, I predicted this months ago. This doesn’t make me a genius, of course. I also predicted Ted Nugent would eventually make overtly racist comments about Barack Obama that could make an 18th century Boston longshoreman expectorate his porridge for a fortnight. But hey, the magic day has arrived at last, and we all get to find out what a pure patriot Scott Walker is.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Young adults: Avoid these 6 financial mistakes

Most of my clients have children; some are young, working adult children. Some of my clients are young adults as well. Occasionally, clients ask me for tips they can offer their adult kids. I angle my suggestions toward preventing mistakes, because for people of any age, especially young folks, mistakes made today have an exponentially large impact on their lives 10, 20, or 30 years from now.

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

Tips for effective injury prevention and claims management

In its 2014 Workplace Safety Index, Liberty Mutual estimated that employers pay just under $1 billion per week to injured employees and their medical care providers. Even one serious workplace injury may impact the bottom line of a small or mid-size business.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Functioning roadways and transit systems both vital to a growing economy

Let me just state this from the beginning. I believe Wisconsin needs to do much better when it comes to our policy toward mass transit, and that includes funding. Unfortunately, groups like 1000 Friends of Wisconsin agree with me. Heavy sigh.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Declaring my complete independence

Just days away from Independence Day, I’m declaring my independence — from party affiliation, from ideology, from just about everything. This position was not arrived at overnight. With apologies to Churchill and his famous quote about the wisdom of age, I offer this explanation: As a youngster with a heart, I began as an independent who leaned Democrat. As an adult with a head, I became an independent who leaned Republican. Now, aging into an irretrievable cynic, I’ve developed a profound distrust of both.

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It's All About Content

with Thomas Marks

Bad website development? It just needs to stop!

Perhaps it doesn’t. After all, the mistakes of so many are the good fortunes of a few. There it was, staring me in the face for the second time this year. For the fifth time in 17 months. For the ninth time in the last two and a half years.

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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.

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