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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Future workforce growth requires collaboration with everybody — EVERY. BODY.

Wisconsin faces a serious obstacle to our economic growth aspirations. An aging population and historically low fertility rates combine to create a huge shortage of the people necessary to keep our workforce strong.

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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

Broadcast spectrum ‘white space’ inches closer to providing rural broadband service

White space may soon become part of the larger tech mosaic for improving broadband service in hard-to-reach parts of the nation, rural Wisconsin included.

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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

Why something simple like remembering a person’s name is a big deal

Early in my career, I will never forget meeting “James.” Right after we got together, I called him “Jim,” thinking the informal was more personal. Not so much. He immediately responded that James was his name. OOPS! I never made that mistake again.

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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 you should post on social media: How to overcome your apprehension

You know much, much more than you think. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Doesn’t everybody know this?” the answer is nope, they don’t.

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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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What does the new SECURE Act mean for you and your company?

The primary goals of the SECURE Act are to expand retirement savings, preserve retirement income, simplify existing rules, and improve qualified retirement plan administration.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Growing a professional network

​People buy from people. We all tend to do business with people we know, like, and trust. Companies don’t make purchasing decisions, people do.

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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

Looking for a New Year’s cyber resolution? Try perpetual vigilance

Most people enjoy improvements and innovations when it comes to consumer electronics, but the unfortunate truth is that cybercriminals are innovating and improving their techniques and tactics, as well.

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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

4 fundamentals that competitive companies use to establish goodwill

In business geek terms, goodwill is the amount of money a buyer of a company pays for another company over its financial book value.

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Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

Redefining HR for 2020 and beyond

Not only is a new year upon us but also a new decade, and our world is propelling us forward to reach new heights in business, talent, and social awareness. On the first full week of the new year, I would like to share some Progressive HR visions with you from influencers across Wisconsin.

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Live Well, Work Well

with Debra Lafler

A well-being message unique to you

For fun this month, this post is interactive — meaning you have an active part to play in it. I’ve created six different messages and you are going to pick the one to read today based on the color you choose.

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