Madison cannot solve its crime and quality of life issues until it overcomes its progressive blind spot on race. My “white privilege” is not littering the parking lots of Madison with chalk body outlines.
Providing feedback (positive and constructive) is Management 101. Giving feedback to direct reports, coworkers, or team members is essential to success. Providing upward feedback, while sometimes tricky, helps contribute to a transparent environment focused on growth and development.
In February, I wrote about the bear market we were in and the fact there was little an investor could do about it that would be short-term exploitable. That doesn’t stop people from trying to do something about it and it doesn’t stop “experts” from making bold and extreme claims. In fact, many supposed experts were prognosticating that the financial world was coming to an end!
It would be a mistake to believe higher education’s financial woes in Wisconsin began the day Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011.
The title quote is the first principle out of 30 from Dale Carnegie’s classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People. All of the other principles are positive: be a good listener; give honest appreciation; make the other person feel important; try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view — the list goes on. It’s interesting to note that the only principle that says, “DON’T,” also happens to be the first one.
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.
The problem would have been averted if everyone just followed the rules. Unexpected behavior can lead to bad consequences.
The MPower Business Champions were in a sharing mood at the Jan. 23 MPower Champion Public Showcase (video link). Reynolds Transfer & Storage and Shopbop shared their bike repair stand projects. Trek Bicycles and Aprilaire shared information about their sustainable food projects. And State Street restaurant Tutto Pasta shared its energy-efficiency projects.
Many employers are operating with legacy HR technology systems that have not been revised in several years. This can be a disastrous oversight in the war for talent, especially with the time- and cost-saving technologies that are readily available.
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.
Sure, there are some lucky people who do get rich quickly. People do win lotteries, hit the jackpot on the slot machine, and even pick the “right” stock at the “right” time, turning their investment into a potential fortune overnight.
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.
Almost all businesses are aware of the need to make their physical locations accessible by those with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, many companies are unaware of the importance of ensuring that another crucial aspect of their company complies with the ADA: client-facing websites.
2015 is the year of visual content marketing. A big reason why is the explosive growth of visual social media networks like Instagram, Pinterest, and Vine. These networks allow for the distribution and sharing of a wide array of visual content, including slides, photos, videos, charts, infographics, and more.
This week, President Obama’s Department of Labor moved forward with extensive changes to the nation's overtime regulations. The stated intent of the new rule is to raise the wages of approximately 4 million workers. But in reality, the Obama administration’s latest fiat will not be good for employers, workers, or the economy.
Planning a vacation for the end of a busy season helps to stave off burnout and stress. The challenge for professionals, especially small business owners, is finding the time to plan the getaway, let alone actually getting away.
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.
Judging by the rhetoric of the silly (political) season, the recently enacted tax bill shepherded by House Speaker Paul Ryan and signed into law by President Obama is yet another reason why Washington is out of touch. I beg to differ.
I thought the phrase “common sense isn’t so common” may be a bit tired. So, I did some online research about who first uttered these pearls. Apparently, Voltaire is credited with having said this in the 1700s, which in my mind makes it go from being tired to time-tested. Anyway, in politics especially, common sense can be a rare commodity indeed.
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.
Let’s talk About Us. Or we can talk about About, or even about Us. The point is, there’s some disagreement about About on your website. About how important About is, about if it should be About Us rather than About or even Us. But I’m stepping in to call a truce. I think it is important and it starts with some pretty interesting research.