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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Capitol’s partisan divide looks like a middle school dance

Much of the gridlock in Washington seems to be caused by adult versions of, “They started it!”

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

Preparing for workforce 2020

For at least 20 years, labor bureaus, demographers, census researchers, and statisticians have predicted the rise in population diversity and its impact on the workplace. Seeing the handwriting on the wall, proactive companies have already begun working toward diversifying their teams.

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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

Building stronger tech workforce is issue nationally and Wisconsin

Young people are natives when it comes to using technology, from smartphones to tablets and from social media to video games, but they can be aliens when it comes to working in tech jobs.

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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

Dressing for success includes wearing a smile

In his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie spends an entire chapter on the power of a genuine smile. He clearly makes the point that he is talking about the real thing, not the mask that many people put on to show how “happy” they are.

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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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Open Mic

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Up in smoke? New Wisconsin governor proposes marijuana legalization and host of new employment laws

Wisconsin employers reviewing Gov. Tony Evers’ very first budget proposal may be surprised at the number of employment-related items.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Focus on customer service

A big customer service challenge today is to identify exactly what customers want and then deliver it. Creating the right experience for each customer is the key in this new era in customer service.

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Transportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

To gauge the public’s appetite for transportation fix, ask about costs AND benefits

Wisconsinites are increasingly willing to “Just Fix It” and support a reasonable investment in transportation. This idea is counter to the narrative put forward by some who say while people may not like the condition of the roads on which they drive every day, they don’t want to pay more to fix them.

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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

Know when it’s time to harvest your company’s value

About this time of year, people daydream about escaping winter. Let’s sell the business, sell the house, sell the kids, get what we can, and run away.

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Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

The future is now: Lessons from the Milwaukee Blockchain Conference

About 85 percent of the jobs people will be doing in 2030 do not yet exist. Moreover, it’s predicted that up to 375 million workers worldwide will be affected by emerging technologies.

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Live Well, Work Well

with Debra Lafler

Transform ‘cake culture’ with love and nutrition

Workplaces are notorious for having cake in break rooms. Maybe it’s doughnuts or cookies or candy, but the point is that dessert is everywhere at work.

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Archive »Professional of the Week

Heidi Zoerb, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison

Heidi Zoerb, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison

IB's Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet the state's professionals. This week features Heidi Zoerb, assistant dean, external relations and advancement, UW-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

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Archive »Biz Report

More drama threatens Judge Doyle Square

Med Flight changes helicopter provider

County ends partnership with zoological society

SEC sides with MGE in shareholder dispute

OM Indian Fusion closes on East Wash

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