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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Leaving athletic leadership models on the field

We define our best leaders by the number of wins they deliver and their relentless focus on that goal. This model leaves little room for ethics and empathy as critical success factors.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

EEO, AA, diversity — what’s the difference and why does it matter?

You’ve probably heard someone ask, “Why should I care about workplace diversity when the government has already taken care of it with the Equal Employment Opportunity Act?” or “Why do we need diversity when we have affirmative action?”

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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

Will clock run out on U.S., Canada, Mexico trade deal? Let’s hope not

The total value of exports from Wisconsin has been flat for years, in part for purely market reasons but no doubt also because of constant uncertainties over the rules of trade. It is time to restore some certainty to the process, and Wisconsin’s congressional delegation can help.

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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

The power of being aware

In my experience, making people “aware” of their performance and using management by exception creates better results and less work for a manager, as people will usually self-manage. It’s also kinder to provide absolute clarity about what good looks like.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

How everyone can win in a negotiation

We negotiate because we have something to offer, or want something, under different terms than the other party — and we care about the outcome.

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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

Maximize the impact of your corporate sponsorships with social media

Companies in Madison constantly amaze me with their generosity, both inside and outside our community. Here’s how to ensure both you and the charities, nonprofits, etc. you’re supporting gain the maximum amount of exposure and awareness for their causes.

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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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Why picking stocks is likely a losing bet

Everyone loves to hear the story of someone who struck it rich by buying some unknown stock for pennies that later turns into a major player, like Apple or Amazon. It maybe gives us hope that one day we might strike it rich with the next great stock!

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

How to make the most out of your year-end review process

Many businesspeople use the fourth quarter to plan and formalize goals for the coming year by doing a year-end review.

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Transportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

Making the connection with new bus service to Sun Prairie

Route 23 connects the two fastest-growing cities in Wisconsin — Madison and Sun Prairie. Three buses run approximately every half hour during rush hour Monday through Friday. The 23-mile service has 12 stops and takes 30 minutes or so.

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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

Lordy, lordy, Epic is 40!

The presentation evoked memories of disco. The CEO, who goes back a bit further than the company she founded in 1979, evoked memories of Woodstock. But the fundamental message from Epic’s annual Users Group Meeting was that innovation is both timeless and relentless.

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Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

Ominous clouds or sunshine; what do your numbers tell?

Numbers can be a great black cloud for many entrepreneurs. Creativity, innovation, and vision of a better product, service, and world drives and inspires entrepreneurs each day, not numbers.

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Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

Podcasts are changing the way we learn. Can they also change the way we work?

Today, 73 million Americans listen to podcasts. That’s nearly one in four Americans who are taking control of life’s soundtrack and turning their quiet or mundane moments into opportunities for self-empowerment, professional development, and exponential learning.

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Live Well, Work Well

with Debra Lafler

How childhood trauma affects worksite wellness

What does childhood trauma and worksite wellness have in common? And why should a worksite wellness professional get familiar with the concept of being “trauma-informed?” It all starts with a story.

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