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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Cyber crime evolves. You should, too!

One of my biggest frustrations in this role over the past seven years is the failure of most manufacturers to engage around critical issues to improve their businesses.


Mosaic Marketplace

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

Leading in the #MeToo era

With the recent news of allegations, convictions, and the continued spotlight or sexual harassment, many companies are closely examining their work cultures, reiterating and reinforcing policy, and requiring organization-wide training.


Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Build your financial plan with strategies, not stories

Last year was not a normal year. In some measures, it had been decades since a year like 2017 occurred in terms of low U.S. stock market volatility.


Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Competency-based education can help close Wisconsin’s workforce gap

You know you’ve entered a different kind of campus when a roadway sign at Nicolet Technical College warns motorists of an approaching crossway for both people and bears.


Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer and Ashlie B. Johnson

I-9 audits will increase in 2018 and beyond. What should employers do to protect themselves?

Given this dramatic increase and the risks associated with failing an audit, employers should confirm that their current and historical Form I-9 compliance practices meet federal requirements.


Applied Mindfulness

with Ed Maxwell

From marshmallows to mindfulness: How to achieve success through self-control

Delaying gratification to maximize one’s ROI testifies to the importance of patience.


Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Sooner is better — at work, that is

At work, sooner is better. At times when I need to deal with a difficult personnel management situation and I put it off, invariably something bad happens in that person's personal life.


Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it: 3 tips for better body language in business

In the business world, success is dependent on the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. As Dale Carnegie often said, it is not just what you say, it is how you say it.


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.



with Spencer X. Smith

The surprising lesson Ken Griffey Jr. rookie baseball cards taught me about social media

​Like many of you who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, I was super interested in baseball cards.


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.


Open Mic

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Should I stay or should I go? 3 signs you should keep your job and 3 signs you shouldn’t

Growing up, I was taught by my parents to get a job and keep a job. Period. It was ingrained in me that once I graduated college, I needed to land at a good company and stay there.


The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

The power of enthusiasm in customer service

Walt Disney said, “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.” That sentence is the baseline for enthusiasm in customer service.


Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Failing to plan costs us more than money — it costs us time

While much of the discussion about the poor condition of Wisconsin’s road network has centered on funding in recent years, the less covered story is the lack of planning.


Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos

How to protect your cryptocurrencies

Blockchain technology is seeing increasingly wide use internationally, but security issues are becoming a major problem.


Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Madison native strikes a blow for disabled travelers

Madison native Rupa Valdez has started a new online nonprofit to help people with disabilities and older adults have the same travel experiences as able-bodied tourists.


Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

Independence relies on interdependence

Our independence in retirement depends on our health and wellbeing, and how well we have saved and prepared for a life without a steady stream of earned income.


Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

The 5 pillars of progressive HR

Recently, I read through a newsletter from one of my favorite co-working spaces in Wisconsin. Right there at the top of the mobile page, was an ad for HR services claiming to alleviate organizations from their “HR burden.”


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