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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Missing the point about Foxconn

The discussions over the past few weeks about Foxconn demonstrate the need for all of us to up our game because these conversations obscure Foxconn’s major impact behind talk about a factory.

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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

In a divided Washington, tech agenda looks for common ground

On the day after President Trump delivered his State of the Union speech to a sharply divided Congress, the mood in the House and Senate offices flanking the Capitol was one of uncertainty about what — if anything — could be accomplished in the coming session.

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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

Breaking down goals to achieve them

The way Justine Thompson, a Nike master trainer, discusses breaking down athletic goals is very analogous to how you might want to think about your goals and tackling them with manageable action items.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Appreciation and recognition: The dos and the don’ts

Not all employee recognition programs are created equal. So when you’re trying to develop the most effective program for your company, here are some important things to consider.

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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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In business and in health: Commandments for working alongside your significant other

When it comes to successfully working alongside a significant other, it’s often much easier said than done, and it’s certainly not a pathway paved for all. It can be high risk but also high reward.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Baby, it’s cold outside! Coping with the winter blues

It’s hard not to have cabin fever right now if you live and work in the frozen tundra of the Midwest.

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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

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

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

Build your value — Stage three of value maturity

Growing up, my father often reminded me that there were many levels of good health and growth.

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Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

HR insights to propel organizations forward in 2019

Closing out a very exciting and productive 2018, I thought it would be a great idea to offer insights from some of Wisconsin’s executives and HR leaders, with the intent to create a list of seven progressive HR “predictions” for 2019.

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Live Well, Work Well

with Debra Lafler

Understanding eating disorders at the workplace

Have you heard about eating disorders at work? Most likely you haven’t. Most employers don’t have it on their radar as something to educate about or help their employees with. But it is an important topic that we should be talking about.

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