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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

How to take a win-win approach to negotiations

Although the parties involved in any negotiation probably have different motives, values, concerns, and reasons for wanting a particular solution, it’s safe to say that everyone involved is equally committed to the outcome, both intellectually and emotionally.

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Forward HR

with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel

What are the new religious exemption rules for contraception coverage?

The Obama administration has published new regulations to address recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions concerning employers who have religious objections to offering health coverage for contraceptives.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Fanlund, in Madison’s Funland, resents the rejection of redistributionism

There is so much wrong with Paul Fanlund’s overlong diatribe “No end in sight to Wisconsin’s politics of resentment” that it is difficult to know where to begin. The editor of The Capital Times, “Your Progressive Voice,” is the blind man who describes the elephant after stroking only the tail, then complains about the peanuts.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

How your biases can affect investment decisions

Traditional economic models are based on a simple premise: People make rational financial decisions that are designed to maximize their economic benefits. In reality, however, most humans don’t make decisions based on a sterile analysis of the pros and cons. While most of us do think carefully about financial decisions, it is nearly impossible to completely disconnect from that nagging intuition that seems to have been deeply implanted in the recesses of our brain.

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Mad @ Mgmt

with Walter Simson

What CNBC’s ‘The Profit’ gets wrong

A few years ago I received a call from a television producer who wanted to verify that I was, indeed, a well-known turnaround consultant. This took me back because “well known” was not necessarily in my marketing vocabulary. But I figured if someone from TV wanted to talk to me, I could at least become “less obscure.”

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The Web Chef's Cafe

with Paul Gibler

10 tips for using Twitter

Twitter celebrated its eighth anniversary on March 6. Since its founding as Twttr, a name based on the popular photo-sharing site Flickr, the microblogging platform has continued to evolve. Today it has more than 271 million monthly active users who spend an average of 170 minutes per month on the site. These users send out around 500 million tweets per day.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

In the tech world, ‘right-to-work’ laws aren’t a factor

If you ask the typical technology company executive or worker what he or she thinks of “right-to-work” laws, which say workers cannot be forced to join a union shop and pay dues as a condition of employment, you may get a blank stare for an answer.

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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

Equity crowdfunding in Wisconsin: Another way for startups to raise capital

It’s no surprise that startups have long had difficulty raising capital. Few people are willing to invest thousands of dollars in a new business whose future is uncertain. As a result, some startups have turned to reward crowdfunding, which allows hundreds or thousands of individuals to donate smaller amounts and thereby minimize risk.

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Open Mic

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Market and economic report: Falling oil prices capture markets’ attention

The decline in oil prices has captured the markets’ attention, leaving key economic data in the background. The 40% decline in oil prices will typically lift U.S. economic activity by about 1% over the next couple of years. The benefits will take some time to be reflected in the economic data, likely later in 2015.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

The value of relationships

Every weekend when I bike along a portion of the local trail, I get stopped and asked to show my trail pass. At first this was a source of frustration, as I am somewhat obsessed with tracking my average speed, and this slows me down.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

A business wish list for Santa

The other day, as I was beginning my list of goals for 2015, I began to think that in order to make some of the lofty things I want for next year happen, I’ll have to put some things into place starting right now. That’s when I realized that our business needed a “Wish List for Santa.” With that in mind, I sat down to write …

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Smart Sustainable Biz

with Jessie Lerner

How to turn adversity into green opportunities

When hearing about sustainability champions, do you get a sense that their superpowers come from another planet? Do their actions and efforts seem like X-Men qualities that no mere mortal could “just do.” In being introduced to three sustainability champions at Sustain Dane’s Badger Bioneers conference on Nov. 18, we noticed a shared power that isn’t limited to superheroes: turning a (perceived) catastrophic event into an opportunity for sustainability to shine.

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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.

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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.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

So who made money market-timing this past month? Anyone? … Anyone?

I’m frequently amazed by how much emphasis people put on trying to predict stock markets or listening to people who try to do so. If there has ever been a good example of how utterly impossible it is to exploit short-term market movements, it’s been the months of October and November.

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

How to prepare for business interruptions

Criminal activity and natural disasters are dangers that can strike an organization at any time. To prepare for the unexpected, you should review your security and disaster readiness plans to help minimize the impact of any potentially threatening situation. You should also ensure that you have the proper insurance coverage to protect against loss of income and other expenses not covered by property insurance.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

On transportation fund, public gets it even if pundits don’t

Talk about misreading the outcome of an election. When it comes to the constitutional amendment to segregate the transportation fund, many of the state’s pundits have been so far off the mark it’s laughable. On Election Day, 80% of Wisconsin voters, more than 1.7 million people, voted to amend the constitution so that the transportation user fees we pay have to be spent on maintaining and improving the transportation system.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Embracing their inner braud

I once was admonished by a younger co-worker for using the term “broad.” She assumed it was a pejorative term, and I assumed there was too much of a generation gap to explain why it isn’t. I wish Joanna Burish had been there at that moment because she has started a networking movement of smaller, more intimate professional groups that goes by the same name, different spelling.

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It's All About Content

with Thomas Marks

How long does it take visitors to pass judgment on your website?

The wonderfully gifted Will Rogers famously said, “You’ll never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Corny? Yes. Overused? Yes. True? Mostly.

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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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