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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

That ain’t a tide — it’s a manufacturing tsunami!

Accelerating changes in the market, physical world, and technology will catch far too many people flat footed and unable to adapt.

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Mosaic Marketplace

with Deborah Biddle — A blog for diverse business enterprises in and around Madison.

Madison’s social entrepreneurs are being the change they want to see

Madison is filled with small businesses, many with one thing in common: a cause about which they are passionate.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Book recommendations for a personally and financially successful 2017

As you might know I have a hunger for reading, but more importantly it’s a hunger for actually thinking about what I read and then doing something with it.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Wisconsin needs to be in the driver’s seat on autonomous vehicles

Legislation was introduced in Wisconsin two years ago but stalled. With the state-by-state race to gain a competitive edge well underway, Wisconsin cannot afford to forfeit the driver’s seat again.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

Must I allow my employees time off when their child’s school is closed?

Probably not, but a good employer is careful in enforcing any time-off policies, even those that may appear to be innocuous.

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Applied Mindfulness

with Ed Maxwell

How to use mindfulness to improve innovation

Practicing mindfulness might not come to mind when one thinks of innovation. However, mindfulness isn’t about shutting off thoughts. Instead, it’s about breaking old, unproductive patterns of thinking.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Are you planting seeds for growth within your organization?

I marvel at old trees. Especially the giant oaks we have around the Madison area. I’m lucky because I get to see them in the country when I’m out biking and also when I’m walking around town.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Understanding what it takes to be a leader-manager

The purpose of today’s message is to get a deeper understanding of leadership and management (there is a difference) and look at the five success drivers that lead to being an effective leader-manager.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

Importance of business valuation, as exemplified by ‘Shark Tank’

Have you ever heard of Shark Tank? I’m not talking about diving deep into the ocean to watch sharks lurk about from behind bars. The ABC television show broadcasts businessmen and women looking to gain investments in their homegrown products and services.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Memo to a Madison hater

Dear Congressman Duffy: Consider this a good-natured rebuke to your recent disparaging comments about Madison, or as you no doubt call it, the People’s Republic of Madison.

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#SocialBiz

with Spencer X. Smith
Everyone’s biggest fear about social media and how you can overcome it

Everyone’s biggest fear about social media and how you can overcome it

Have you ever stopped yourself from pressing the “Share,” “Post,” or “Tweet” button because you fear criticism?

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

Why the final changes to wage and hour law may have you crying 'uncle'

After much anticipation and speculation, the final regulations changing the salary basis test for determining exemption status have arrived. Among other changes, the final regulations have more than doubled the amount that employees must minimally be paid in order to be considered exempt. This is no small matter, as it is anticipated that millions of currently exempt employees will be affected.

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Open Mic

Send us your blog for consideration!

A winning recipe for blog casserole

I received an email the other day that really got me thinking. Spencer X. Smith — you may know him as THE go-to guy for social media strategy — asked me about writing really engaging blog posts.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

True value of an organized workspace

The urge to purge has hit me. After seeing many of my business friends working on clearing the extraneous from their lives, I figured it was time to have a go at it myself.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

When it comes to state roads, just fix them already

Wisconsin has some of the worst roads in the country. That has been confirmed yet again by the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos and Andrew Schlidt

Don’t brush off the legal considerations of the ‘smartification’ of consumer products

As a technology lawyer who concentrates on the Internet of Things (“IoT”), it was a stark reminder that the IoT is here and is beginning to more pervasively intertwine into the daily fabric of our lives.

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