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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

One Democrat(ic) mayor speaks up for the police and against Marxism, but not Soglin

“Leftism’s guiding principle is the Marxist concept that people are divided into classes of oppressors and oppressed,” St. Louis University professor Warren Treadgold instructs in the September 19 Weekly Standard magazine

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Do you have an investment philosophy?

Many people invest based on rhetoric, stories, or simply emotional reactions. This often leads to bad outcomes and it’s why so many people do so poorly when they invest.


Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

State sharpens its focus on fostering Main Street entrepreneurism

Despite some rankings that place Wisconsin at the bottom of the 50-state barrel for business startups, there are places in the Badger State where entrepreneurs are busily making their own jobs, companies, and futures.


Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

You can't lead if you don't listen

I recently finished up a leadership training program with a client company that focused on building current and future leaders. At the final session of the several we had, the discussion centered on what the participants felt was their single biggest takeaway. It was almost unanimous — BEING A BETTER LISTENER!


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.


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.


Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

Employee breaks: Myths dispelled

The ins and outs of providing breaks at work for employees might seem obvious, but there are some things to consider before you find yourself with bigger problems than hungry workers with rumbling stomachs. Here are two frequently held beliefs, or myths, about employee breaks and the truth about what's required of you, the employer.



with Spencer X. Smith

3 social media tips you can use today

Why does Twitter bleed cash while Facebook prints money? Why should you care?

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Applied Mindfulness

with Ed Maxwell

How to ditch multitasking and get more done

“Men have become tools of their tools,” Thoreau wrote over a century ago, long before cell phones, laptops, and tablets flooded the workplace. If he were alive today he’d be shocked at how accurate he was.


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

What every entrepreneur’s business plan should consider

For any entrepreneur, owning your own business is something you’ve always dreamed of. And to have the opportunity to achieve that goal with your best friend (and in this case, brother) is the cherry on top of the sundae. What you don’t plan for is to watch that sundae melt away on the sidewalk outside your office.


Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos and Andrew Schlidt

BPO deals are soaring — but what does that even mean?

In its Technology Vision 2016 report, Accenture predicts that 25% of the world’s economy will be digital by 2020. The global consulting firm contends that we are witnessing a major technology revolution, specifically a digital revolution. It’s a revolution of emerging “digital platforms” comprised of cloud services, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, predictive analytics, and intelligent automation.


Open Mic

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Financial literacy, college affordability are important initiatives for DFI

Personal financial literacy is a life skill that can make a huge difference in the lives of Wisconsin citizens. People who are adept at making informed decisions about their finances are better able to survive in the ever-changing world of financial services. By arming people with the proper information about financial matters, we empower them to achieve true independence. That’s good for them and good for the Wisconsin economy.


The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

More lessons on powerful networking

Because my last blog brought some interesting feedback, I decided it would be good to follow up with some additional info on powerful networking.


Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

For road projects we need to ask: If not now, when?

Wisconsin’s interstates are neither decorative nor frivolous. A well functioning I-94 or I-90 is not akin to getting granite countertops or adding a sunroom as some have suggested.

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