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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Talent wars transforming the economy

For the first time in my life, long-term labor shortages will drive transformation throughout our economy.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

Workplace microaggression hurts

According to Derald Wing Sue, PhD, of Columbia University, “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”

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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

Transportation budget should reflect what future will bring

Coming up with ways to pay for highways, ports, and other forms of travel is a challenge as old as the nation.

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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

Breaking down goals to achieve them

The way Justine Thompson, a Nike master trainer, discusses breaking down athletic goals is very analogous to how you might want to think about your goals and tackling them with manageable action items.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

How to fish for people

For those out there who go fishing regularly or occasionally, you probably put some thought into what you will use to lure the fish onto your line.

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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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10 portfolio strategies to help save on your income tax bill

With the passing of the April 15 tax-filing deadline, most people have now felt the impact of the changes to the tax code.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Business leaders shouldn’t neglect a summer vacation

Constantly refusing to take time off is an unhealthy practice and can be counterproductive to the business or organization.

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Transportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

Does the legislature have a sustainable plan for transportation?

Wisconsin, like other states, has grappled with how to fund transportation for more than a decade. Earlier this year, the governor put forward a plan that would begin to address some of Wisconsin’s most urgent transportation challenges and cost the average motorist less than $4 a month.

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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

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

The terrifying taboo you should stare down and conquer

For all the topics you and your advisor discuss, how many of them cut right to the chase relative to your emotions surrounding the matrix that makes up our lives — that overlap of our family, business, business ownership, and, most importantly, you?

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Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

Essential takeaways from the 2019 Workplace Intelligence Report

Bulging with a wealth of data, the 2019 Workplace Intelligence Report, a collaboration between Greenhouse and George LaRocque from HRWins, offers impressive amounts of information and hard data from more than 1,300 business leaders and 4,000 employees in the U.S. and the U.K.

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Live Well, Work Well

with Debra Lafler

How not to do vulnerability at work

In 2010, the world was captured with intrigue by Brené Brown’s TED Talk, “The power of vulnerability,” where she shared her research on shame.

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