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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

3 tried-and-true tips for handling job stress

Being in the business of coaching people and organizations to higher performance levels for over 30 years, I have seen a multitude of changes over the decades. One of my more interesting observations is that as technology has advanced by leaps and bounds (supposedly to make our lives easier), the professional and personal pressure to keep up with life has never been greater.

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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

Our Ms. Burke buys her jobs plan off the re-sale rack

This is a game changer. Mary Burke plagiarized her jobs plan because she has none of her own. Even Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel can’t ignore the story, “Burke jobs plan copied portions of proposals from other Democrats.”

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

10 basic tax to-dos for the rest of 2014

Effective planning requires that you have a good understanding of your current tax situation, as well as a reasonable estimate of how your circumstances might change next year. There’s a real opportunity for tax savings when you can assess whether you’ll be paying taxes at a lower rate in one year than in the other. So carve out some time.

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Mad @ Mgmt

with Walter Simson

Top Mech: Why can’t the trades become as popular as the culinary arts?

When I was young I got a summer job at a French country restaurant in New England. The idea was to live at the restaurant in an effort to make big bucks and sharpen my French. The days were incredibly long. Breakfast at 7, serve coffee and pastry to the owner and the chef for their working meeting at 8, vacuum the dining room at 9, fold napkins and polish silver at 10. Lunch service from 11:30 to 3. Our dinner of leftovers at 4:30, followed by more folding, polishing, and vacuuming.

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The Web Chef's Cafe

with Paul Gibler

How to use the growing power of Instagram to boost your business

Instagram is among the fastest-growing social sharing platforms, with more than 200 million users, 1.6 billion daily likes, and more than 60 million photos posted per day. Instagram is a mobile photo and video-sharing platform that was launched in 2010 and was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Multiple centers for research will help Wisconsin’s high-growth economy

While economists don’t often agree on much, it’s hard to find much dissent over the notion that major research universities contribute to the prosperity of the cities, regions, and states around them.

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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

Estate planning for copyrights in the digital-media era

As digital media evolves, owners of copyrighted material are discovering new avenues to disseminate and monetize their property. More and more, copyright owners are increasing the value of their intellectual property by distributing their material via smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and other next-generation devices.

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Open Mic

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Market and economic update: Global economy feels the effects of Russia/Ukraine conflict

Improvements in the global economy appear to have been derailed by sanctions against Russia in light of the Ukrainian conflict. Data from Europe and Japan seem to indicate slowing economies, likely leading to further expansion of monetary accommodation, although accelerating growth will possibly require fiscal stimulus.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Work like a dog

From the headline, you probably thought this blog was going to be about how if you work really hard you’ll get ahead and succeed. While that’s true, that’s not where I’m going. I’m thinking more about how you can succeed at work, and life in general, if you mimic the lovable traits of man’s best friend.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

How to make the most of your networking opportunities

As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you know but who you know that counts.” Networking is about building the “who you know.” It’s about creating links between people we know and people they want to know, and at the same time, it helps us find ways to help those who help us create these link-ups.

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Smart Sustainable Biz

with Jessie Lerner

How to make a profit while making a difference

How do you solve society’s most vexing environmental and social issues while becoming more profitable at the same time? Collaboration. Sound too hard? Shift your frame of reference in order to view communities as partners, not just resources. Shift your frame of reference and treat employees and customers as multifaceted humans, not just as worker bees and consumers.

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Small Business, Big Ideas

with Jean Willard

IRS helps cover the costs of looking after kiddos ... even in the summer

Most working parents are well aware that they get a tax break to help cover the costs of sending their children to day care during the school year. What they might not realize is that now with their children in alternative care for the summer, some of those tax advantages continue to be available.

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Left Business Brain

with Tom Breuer

Scott Walker’s greatest economic illusion: making George W. Bush disappear

Gov. Walker is laboring under a deep, dark delusion — one that, unfortunately for him, is supplying the heart, bone, and sinew of his campaign: The population doesn’t automatically get stupider the instant you make deep cuts to education. It takes years of Mississippi-sized neglect or, alternatively, an intensive 120-hour block of Fox & Friends, complete with A Clockwork Orange-style eyelid props and enough liquid methadone to tranquilize Vicki McKenna — or New Zealand.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Can cash really be an ‘investment’?

Cash or cash equivalents like money markets or savings accounts are occasionally considered money “not doing anything” for you. And I don’t blame folks for thinking this way, given that yields on cash are essentially 0% to maybe 0.75% (judging by a cursory review of FDIC options via various online banks).

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

How to use voluntary benefits to retain and recruit talented employees

Employee retention continues to be a top concern for employers, even more so than last year, according to a Pay Scale survey of more than 4,000 executives and human resources professionals. In 2014, a staggering 59% of employers were more concerned about retaining talent than anything else. Five years ago, only half of those employers said retention was their number one concern.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

One issue we can (almost) all agree on this November

This November we will have the opportunity to vote on more than just candidates for federal, state, and local races. We will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment that would require that gas tax and vehicle registration fee dollars remain in the transportation fund to be used to pay for the transportation system we use every day.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

How to reclaim your time

Got a minute? That’s the phrase that has launched millions of time-consuming interruptions in the workplace, a much more serious problem than most people think.

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It's All About Content

with Thomas Marks

When it comes to Google, it’s Page 1 or bust

I’ve been reviewing the report issued by the online ad network Chitika regarding its latest findings on Google’s organic search results pages. Here’s the gist: If you want to be present and unaccounted for, be satisfied with your Page 2 or Page 3 placement on Google.

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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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