Business Articles

June 01, 2010

Health Care Calculation for Businesses: Coverage Versus Paying the Penalty

Large and mid-sized businesses have some calculating to do regarding the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law, but that calculation will not be entirely monetary, according to Dr. Craig …
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May 28, 2010

Management: Employee engagement

Many businesses are leaner than ever, yet highly effective management is required to compete in todays world. It is imperative that effective management and management practices are consistent throughout your organization.Without consistency in …
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May 27, 2010

How to Prevent Hiring Disasters

Hiring someone can be a time-consuming and nerve-wracking task. In an ideal situation, you find the perfect person for the positionsomeone who hits the ground running, increases your unit's performance, and eases your workload. In the worst-case …
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May 19, 2010

Price of lumber and wood products on steep incline

Are you aware of the recent increase in the price of lumber and wood products? AccuVal closely follows the changing markets and pricing for a wide variety of commodities. You should be aware that the price of these products has been on a steep …
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May 18, 2010

Taking the Temperature of Business Executives

As the Memorial Day turn approaches, and the warm summer weather arrives (in theory and in hope), IB conducted a survey to glean what area businesses are still worried about, and what makes them optimistic over the next six to 12 months. Nationally, …
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May 18, 2010

Time Management: Technique or Attitude?

Time management has been and always will be an oxymoron. We have all there is, yet none of us ever seem to have enough. At best we can learn to work with the never-ending passage of minutes and hours. No matter how often we say there are "never …
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May 14, 2010

Leadership: Overwhelmed?

These are indeed strange and turbulent times. Health care reform has ushered in a whole new generation of unknown government policy. Unemployment remains high and isnt likely to subside anytime soon.Afghanistan can now be characterized as the …
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May 14, 2010

The Last Word: Work-life balance

The greatest struggle in my life the last 30 years has been balancing my work life and family life, striving to fulfill at the highest level my roles as employee, employer, leader, attorney, community contributor, mother, wife, daughter, sister and …
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May 11, 2010

Southeastern Wisconsin Q1 2010 Industrial Market Report

The Dickman Company of Milwaukee released Southeastern Wisconsin industrial market statistics for the first quarter in 2010 and noted some interesting trends. For the eight county area of Southeastern Wisconsin, the overall vacancy rate increased …
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May 10, 2010

7 Steps to Effective Delegation

A working definition of effective delegation for an individual in a leadership role: "The extension of oneself through another person/group." When done well, the manager enhances coaching skills, helps others along their career paths, builds a sense …
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May 10, 2010

Leadership: Reboot your creativity with a retreat

In the April edition of the Harvard Business Review, authors Heike Bruch and Jochen I. Menges offer the results of a nine-year study which identifies the increasing phenomenon of organizational burnout.They suggest that more organizations are …
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April 30, 2010

Communication: A healthy corporate culture

Question: I manage a team of three supervisors. Weve been having some difficulty getting the employees in our department to work together. Weve also had some ups and downs with other departments. Our charge from top management is to do more with …
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