Business Articles

March 10, 2010

Business Survey Shows Better Hiring Outlook

The outlook for hiring in the Madison area looks more promising for jobseekers, according to a recent survey of businesses.Many businesses have been cutting back to shore up their bottom line, but on Wednesday a Manpower survey asking businesses …
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March 05, 2010

Management: Thank your employees

During the 18th century, British sailors were rewarded with an extra ration of rum after a successful voyage. Now that your employee and management teams have successfully navigated the turbulent waters of the economic tsunami, how will you reward …
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February 19, 2010

Networking: Open your mind to social media

Are you tweeting, posting, linking in or blogging yet? If not, youre missing out on one of the most useful and inexpensive tools for expanding your business.These (and other) social networks are having a more powerful impact for small business …
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December 01, 2009

80/20 — The Big Picture for Great Big Pictures

Alice Torti knows that painful decisions are associated with it, but she would recommend the 80:20 principle to almost anyone. Torti, the COO of Great Big Pictures, a Madison printer that makes in-store graphics for large retailers, has not only …
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June 23, 2009

Reorganizations That Last

Four out of five organizations have gone through some type of redesign initiative over the past 12 months. This may not be big news since during the recession, many companies were quick to undertake reorganizations in order to reduce costs, improve …
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June 19, 2009

The Customer Satisfaction Survey Snag

Customer satisfaction has been a major business buzz phrase for more than a decade. In his 2001 book, The Loyalty Effect, Fred Reichheld claimed that customer loyalty is a dominant determinant of success in business. He purported, for example, that …
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January 12, 2009

Managers Must be Decisive in Handling Problems

Good managers don't clean up messes caused by their staffs. They prevent messes from happening in the first place.Division head Carl finally had to fix the problems in a department run by senior manager Brenda. He transferred one supervisor and …
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October 21, 2008

Why Traditional Recession Tactics Are Doomed to Fail This Time

Boardrooms need to recognize that the macro crisis requires decision makers to confront fundamental transformation on three levels, argues Umair Haque. How should boardrooms respond to the macro crisis? Is it just a case of recession-as-usual: …
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November 29, 2007

The Indispensable Succession Plan

Now that the dust has settled on the recent tumult in the C-suites of Merrill Lynch and Citigroup (BusinessWeek.com, 11/27/07), one thing is clear: Boards need to have a credible, specific, and actionable chief executive officer succession plan in …
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June 19, 2007

What Makes a Business Leader Tick

Anthony Smith is an old friend who has written a new book called The Taboos of Leadership. I love the title. In this interview, Tony shares some of his thinking on leadershipand some insights from the executives he has met over the years. Here are …
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May 12, 2007

Back to Work - On Their Own Terms

BROOKFIELD - Michael Gingras retired as vice president of M&I Bank in Brookfield at the end of January with the intent of taking 60 days to figure out what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.But within less than two weeks, three different …
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