Business Articles

September 10, 2010

Boost Productivity with an Internal Website

There is a critical question facing many leaders in todays business world: How do I keep morale high while staff numbers are low?All around the world, companies are doing more with less. Efficiency became all the rage as small businesses trimmed …
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September 10, 2010

Compromise Takes Science to be Artful

In dealing with complex give and take, remember that no one party can have it all. Two opposing sides cant afford to come up empty on certain issues. However, with cooperation and compromise from all parties, most things can be worked out.Compromise …
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September 07, 2010

Business Fashion Tips for Generation Y (WHY?)

Hey, emerging leaders here's a story from a GenY writer on staff at IB to help you dress to impress at your next job interview! You got your masters in Business from UW, worked with a company for a few years (where you perfected all those skills …
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September 07, 2010

Obama To Back More Business Tax Breaks

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will call on Congress to pass new tax breaks that would allow businesses to write off 100 percent of their new capital investments through 2011, the latest in a series of proposals the White House is rolling out …
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September 03, 2010

Identity Crisis: To Differentiate Yourself, Avoid These Phrases

One sure way to get a unanimous non-show of hands from a group of salespeople is to ask this question: Lets see a show of hands. How many of you, when you set your objectives for a customer meeting, have at the top of the list: I want to come across …
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September 03, 2010

In Uncertainty, Leaders need Support

Youre trying to drive a change into your organization. Your boss told you to take on the project, it is part of your job to do it and you just really believe it is important or some combination of those reasons. Youve created the work plan, put …
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September 03, 2010

Is it Time to Re-engineer Family Biz?

If youve been waking up around 3:00 a.m. and lying there wondering how youre going to keep your family business on track, I can suggest an approach. Its called re-engineering, and in technical terms it means examining and altering a system to …
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September 03, 2010

Peak Performance: The Middle-Aged Brain is in its Prime

While I was dining with several girlfriends, one of them asked, Hey, do you ever wonder where your brain goes when you hit middle age?She went on to describe her most recent experience. Last weekend, I was standing with the refrigerator door open …
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September 02, 2010

Discovery Communications Crisis a Reminder to Review Emergency Plan

Workplace experts say the hostage crisis at Discovery Communications Inc. in Silver Spring should prompt all companies and building owners to review their emergency evacuation and continuity of operation plans or, if they dont have a plan, to make …
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September 02, 2010

How Social do you want your Media to be?

Twitter and tweets, fan pages and handles. Social media have rapidly changed the way individuals communicate with each other, and they have become a crucial component of how businesses communicate with clients, too.Social media is being used in …
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September 01, 2010

Banks Lending, but You Need to Find the Right One

Theres a big myth out there that banks are not lending. Is it true? Yes and no. The strong banks are still lending, and theyre lending primarily to C&I (commercial and industrial) businesses. In Northeast Wisconsin, this is good news. Our C&I …
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August 27, 2010

No time like the Present to Review the Rules of Networking

Have you ever been in crowded restaurant and wondered what all the businesspeople are discussing? Big deals? Expansion? Bonuses?Unfortunately, these days its likely many people are doing networking lunches aka job hunting.During the past month, Ive …
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