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with Jody Glynn Patrick

May 2011

Dane County Small Business Awards – and tips on how to earn one<br>
  (And a stroll down memory lane with 29 years of winners!)

05/31/11

Dane County Small Business Awards – and tips on how to earn one
(And a stroll down memory lane with 29 years of winners!)

As we come together to present the 29th annual Dane County Small Business awards on Friday, June 10, we'll also be hearing some great advice from keynote speaker Christine McMahon. Full engagement. High performance, especially during periods of radical change. Isn't this what we aspire to? As a trainer, consultant, and columnist, McMahon will draw on her extensive background as a sales exec with Procter & Gamble, Slim-Fast Foods, and Nabisco, as well as her own entrepreneurial experiences.

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Walking the mission statement walk: A media case in point

05/24/11

Walking the mission statement walk: A media case in point

My attention was caught by an ad (see below) which, by date at least, appropriately ran on April 1, 2011 in The Business Journal (serving Greater Milwaukee). The question it raised at IB, however, was whether or not an anti-Wisconsin economic development ad was appropriate to have run on April Fools' or any day in a pro-business publication?

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Building community: New leadership with can-do vision

05/17/11

Building community: New leadership with can-do vision

Imagine constructing a big dog using cans of vegetables and fruits and some packages of Scott toilet paper (would that make the dog a Scottie?). Then picture in your mind a ship constructed primarily of cans of beans. Could you make a model Lambeau Field with cans of fruits and vegetables, juice, and boxes of breakfast cereal? Or replicate the Capitol building before a night scene?

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Hard knocks

05/10/11

Hard knocks

Whether or not your family has been affected by the recession in the ways that our family has, we might all agree that there are casualties of this latest financial collapse who will never recover. There are hardships that will take years to overcome or repair. Yet, historically speaking, we might also agree that what we all just went through was a cakewalk.

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Possibilities: Who opened that Pandora's Box?

05/03/11

Possibilities: Who opened that Pandora's Box?

Grandson Patrick celebrated his 10th birthday with me this past weekend in his favorite way – in the guise of a hotel reviewer. "I'm a very important hotel critic," Patrick confirmed. "I'm very exclusive. So exclusive, in fact, that nobody has ever heard of me."

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IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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