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December 20, 2010

Enlightened Leaders Leverage Creativity

I recently participated in two corporate strategic planning retreats. Both followed a conventional agenda define the mission, vision, values, strategic goals, etc. and each facilitator demonstrated appropriate sensitivity to our opinions, ensuring …
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December 20, 2010

Manufacturing is the bright spot in southeastern Wisconsin’s economic outlook

A majority of manufacturers in southeastern Wisconsin have posted revenue gains in 2010 and most are optimistic about future gains next year, according to the 2010 First Business Economic Survey. The survey was conducted by First Business Financial …
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December 20, 2010

No Time Like Now for Team Building

Economic reality means many businesses no longer can afford traditional team-building outings. But can they afford not to? Steve Hirt has just learned that you cant put a price on investing in building personal relationships. The president of …
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December 20, 2010

Quick Response (QR) Codes

Visitors to FaceBooth Fox Cities in September saw an unusual sight in each exhibitors displays.At the back of each display was a black-and-white grid that looked like a crossword puzzle, or an elementary school maze worksheet.Hold up a smartphone …
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December 14, 2010

Employment Law: New Employment Laws you need to Know, and Comply with.

Ripping on a supervisor on your Facebook page, which led to the firing of a Connecticut woman and her subsequent complaint before the National Labor Relations Board, might well be next year's point of employment law. But there is plenty of new …
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December 12, 2010

Employment Law: New Employment Laws you Need to Know, and Comply With

Ripping on a supervisor on your Facebook page, which led to the firing of a Connecticut woman and her subsequent complaint before the National Labor Relations Board, might well be next year's point of employment law. But there is plenty of new …
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December 10, 2010

Human Resources: Training Wheels

Traditionally, companies invest in new technology, new products and services. But how many invest in training programs that pay immediate and long-term dividends?The answer: not as many as it should be.There are three training programs beyond the …
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