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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

East Coast discovers productivity

Have you ever noticed how trends don’t matter until they hit the East Coast?

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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

Wisconsin’s business support systems are helping young companies survive

The nation’s leading foundation for the study of entrepreneurism recently called a timeout on its annual series of reports on small business activity, citing a “new direction in research strategy” that will lead to retooling over the next year.

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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

‘Life slogan’ for business can be inspired by child’s play

As the campaign chair for this year’s United Way of Dane County fundraising campaign, I was asked to attend and speak at the first meeting of the Loaned Executives, a group of community volunteers loaned from or sponsored by local businesses.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Saying ‘NO’ can make good sense for good sanity

I was going to title this blog, “The fine art of saying NO.” Before I did, I went online and saw that this headline had already been done several times. Apparently, it’s a worthy subject.

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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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What led to Nokia's fall? Bad communication

It wasn’t that long ago that Apple launched its first iPhone into a global market dominated by Nokia.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Learning to live in the moment

Charles Buxton, an English brewer, philanthropist, writer, and member of Parliament, said “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”

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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

Technology can (and should) change the practice of law

One of the ironies of large law firms is that many tout their technology law practices but relatively few seem to have mastered the integration of newer technologies into the everyday practice of law.

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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

Personal guarantees — When business is personal

What’s technically correct may not be fair — or at least what you and I would consider fair.

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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

What is wellness?

Have you seen the word wellness? Likely, yes. It’s on everything these days, from fitness centers to supplement stores to pet food! But what does it mean?

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