Open for Business

with Jody Glynn Patrick

June 2013


Go ahead, take your business to China … maybe

Not all business success comes at the cost of blood, sweat, and tears — sometimes it comes with intuition about the best time to jump into a new marketplace. I am wondering about China this week, despite its obvious financial crisis, and so will quiz Dan Paulson of InVision: China, LLC when he returns from “the center of all nations” later this month. For those of you new to the export dream, you might think I’m crazy to even raise the idea of exports now, since China lined up all the recession dominos and — whoosh — watched them tumble last week as the second-largest world economy experienced an all-too-familiar chain reaction.

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Promoted into management? Now what?

Everyone has a pet theory about what a leader is, or what a leader does. Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive officer at JPMorgan Chase, expressed his thoughts in a recent blog he wrote for LinkedIn titled “The Essential Hallmarks of a Good Leader,” and I recommend reading it. “While we cannot be great at all of these traits — I know I’m not — to be successful, a leader needs to get most of them right,” he wrote. Included on his list were discipline; fortitude; high standards; ability to face facts; openness; setup for success; morale-building; loyalty, meritocracy, and teamwork; fair treatment; and humility.

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Defining ‘a good workplace’ experience

In Business magazine won the statewide award for Best Wisconsin Workplace, Small Business category from the Wisconsin Psychological Association in the award’s first year of existence. Yet it doesn’t have a seven-acre sports complex, roller hockey rink, horseshoe pits, three wellness centers, or a benefits plan that dispenses 100,000 hours of free massages a year – like Google did in 2012.

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What are you sent to do in your job?

A couple of weeks ago, I received a really strange inquiry by email: “This is going to be a weird question: Were you the police chaplain in Cudahy, Wisconsin in January 1991?” It was signed by a person whose name I didn’t recognize, obviously written while on the job because the signature line under her name revealed she was a claims adjuster with a care organization.

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