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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

That old broken record sound

My one message repeated over and over again is that the body gap is overtaking the skills gap and impacting all of our lives.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

How to leverage multigenerational differences

I trained a group of leaders last week on improving work relationships and company culture by conquering hidden bias. During the workshop, we had a tangential discussion about generational differences in the workplace.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Grasshoppers v. ants, and tax reform

Tax reform has, after much deliberation, passed. It took me 30 minutes to read a summary of the reform. Summaries should not take 30 minutes.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

In President Trump’s Washington, people in both parties looking for clarity

Mr. Trump’s Washington can be a confusing place. The same president who vowed to “drain the swamp” is himself mired in the muck of investigations, palace intrigue, questions about his past, and congressional relations that range from guarded to openly skeptical.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

Independent contractors: What we can learn from the Jammal v. Am Fam decision

In the Jammal case, the court found that, under ERISA, the agents were employees, and had been misclassified as independent contractors.

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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

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: How getting lost can change you

I’m definitely a creature of habit. I ride my bike — on the exact same route — every Saturday and Sunday.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Why do we have so much trouble finding common ground?

It seems that many of us have lost that gracious ability to agree to disagree, and then try to figure out a way to resolve whatever issue is at hand.

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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

4 social media lessons from Donald Driver and speaking at the NYSE

I was fortunate enough to run into Green Bay Packer legend Donald Driver at the LaGuardia airport in New York City last week.

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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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Beyond standing desks: How ergonomics can help you thrive at work

While there are many factors that can influence how we feel during the day, the configuration of your work area — the place where you spend most of your time working — has a major effect on our overall health and wellbeing.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Coaching: Off the field and into the office

Coaching team members is like being a pep squad, rooting for the home team and offering good advice, hints, and tips that will help the mentees move ahead in their positions.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

2017 was not a great year for transportation funding in Wisconsin

Now that 2017 is in the rearview mirror, it is time to look back on what was a wild ride when it came to transportation funding in the state of Wisconsin. Google Maps could not possibly have mapped this route.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos and Andrew Schlidt

WISP it good: Composing a data security plan

When it comes to managing data security, many in business hit a flat note.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

A feminine approach to business

Hillary Clinton recently created a stir among her critics by suggesting the future is female, and while she didn’t mention a particular realm, in the short term she might be more accurate about the business world than about politics.

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Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

Don't find yourself saying 'I wish I had known …'

Many business owners tell me “I wish I had known” after they have been through the wringer of selling their business.

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