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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Ready for the soft side of technology

Almost ubiquitous technology access and worldwide connections open channels that create opportunities that weren’t possible even a few years ago. These changes and capabilities create more promise for the future and for making unprecedented progress … but technology advances are creating change we may not be ready to handle.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

EEO, AA, diversity — what’s the difference and why does it matter?

You’ve probably heard someone ask, “Why should I care about workplace diversity when the government has already taken care of it with the Equal Employment Opportunity Act?” or “Why do we need diversity when we have affirmative action?”

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

You're probably underestimating your vacation budget

In my practice, we focus a lot on detailed cash flow, but there are always a number of cash flow items I find clients severely underestimate.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

More regulation of tech industry isn’t long-term answer

“Big Tech” in the United States has gone from wearing a white hat to much sootier headgear, and not without reason.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer and Ashlie B. Johnson

Snow day: Do I pay my employees?

It happens every year in Wisconsin. A snowstorm is brewing (or seemingly shows up out of nowhere) and you have a decision to make: Do I close the office?

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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.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

The key to happiness is no expectations

Long-time readers will notice that most of my blogs come to me while I’m biking because, well, that’s when I have quiet time to think.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Patience: The hidden leadership principle

In Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, there are 30 tried and proven principles to forge stronger relationships and gain the willing cooperation of others.

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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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#SocialBiz

with Spencer X. Smith

Why I was arrested at 4 years old, and the surprising business lesson it can teach you

In 1980, I was dropped off by a police officer at my parents’ house for a reason that may never have happened in all of history, except for that day.

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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

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The Corporate Transparency Act: A data compliance nightmare for small business

Wisconsin small business owners are used to shouldering the burden of one-size-fits-all government regulations. However, our lawmakers’ most recent attempt will inflict a whole new level of pain on thousands of Wisconsin small businesses.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Everything comes down to customer experience

I think most of us who are frequent buyers enjoy walking into a business and being recognized by management or the front-line team.

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Transportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

It’s about TIME: Transportation Investment Moves Everything

As the governor signed the state budget, motorists were hitting the road for one of the busiest travel times of the year, the long July 4th weekend.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos

Balancing data security and data commercialization

Data breaches and identity theft are now everyday events, but that state of affairs doesn’t make them any less dangerous, distasteful, and annoying. However, most people with an online footprint understand that at some point in their lives they are going to be the victim of an internet crime — that is, if they have been fortunate enough to avoid it to this point.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Lordy, lordy, Epic is 40!

The presentation evoked memories of disco. The CEO, who goes back a bit further than the company she founded in 1979, evoked memories of Woodstock. But the fundamental message from Epic’s annual Users Group Meeting was that innovation is both timeless and relentless.

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Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

How to figure out if you’re being pushed or pulled in life — and do something about it

Do you remember the Doctor Dolittle stories? In them, there is a unique animal known as a “pushmi-pullyu.”

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Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

Podcasts are changing the way we learn. Can they also change the way we work?

Today, 73 million Americans listen to podcasts. That’s nearly one in four Americans who are taking control of life’s soundtrack and turning their quiet or mundane moments into opportunities for self-empowerment, professional development, and exponential learning.

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Live Well, Work Well

with Debra Lafler

Preventing suicide by cultivating meaning at work

I chose to write this blog post because September is Suicide Prevention Month and the topic is important to me because I am an attempt survivor myself.

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