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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Strong job growth scares me

Strong job numbers came out again this month, with the U.S. economy adding over 200,000 new positions. Most hail this as great news for all concerned, but I’m not so sure.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

Preparing for workforce 2020

For at least 20 years, labor bureaus, demographers, census researchers, and statisticians have predicted the rise in population diversity and its impact on the workplace. Seeing the handwriting on the wall, proactive companies have already begun working toward diversifying their teams.

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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

Tech, art, and design of ‘smart’ cities converge through Wisconsin company

Six weeks ago in the art-conscious town of Santa Fe, New Mexico, a somewhat eclectic group of technologists, architects, city planners, fabricators, and artists of all persuasions got together to talk about the future of art and how it can transform public settings.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer and Ashlie B. Johnson

Anti-harassment policies and why your business should have one

Today’s societal climate may help remind employers that they must be cognizant of the impact that claims of sexual or other types of harassment can have on their business and reputations.

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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

With corporate philanthropy, you get more than you give

Philanthropy is important to me as an individual, and it’s an essential piece of our culture in our company. Not only that, I think it makes us more profitable.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Good advice to carpe diem

In interviewing individuals for our training programs, well over half tell us that handling stress and the pressures of daily life, both professionally and personally, is an area that they need to work on.

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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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Answers to 5 common questions about workplace sexual harassment

In the wake of high-profile cases and hashtags, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently reported that it received 12 percent more complaints of workplace sexual harassment in 2018 than it did in 2017.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

The benefits of gratitude

Research has shown that gratitude heightens the quality of life.

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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.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos

As manufacturing moves into cyberspace, so do security threats

One of the things that make cybersecurity seem so daunting is the difficulty in understanding the scale of the threat involved. Every day there is a new media report of a major commercial enterprise being victimized by cyber-criminals.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

A long overdue civics lesson

To address a lack of civics education in our schools, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation has established the Wisconsin Civics Games, a statewide contest designed to reignite interest in public service.

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Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

What will your last job change be?

When was the last time you changed jobs? Do you remember the exhilaration of it? I was reminded of how exciting it can be as I grabbed coffee with someone today who recently started a new gig.

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Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

Improv-Bization: Business lessons from the world of comedy

So, the pressure is on. But that’s okay because it's really about how you “show up.”

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Live Well, Work Well

with Debra Lafler

Worksite wellness – Evolving back to wholeness

Worksite wellness is not just a program that employees participate in; it’s a broader company value and strategy for caring for your employees. Truth be told, however, the worksite wellness field has been going through growing pains lately.

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