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Single-tasking

I was recently at a yoga class (yes, I do yoga it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my chronically bad back and I highly recommend it) and the…

One Hit Wonder

One Hit Wonder

I was asked to do this “Mind” Your Business blog series a while back. I was told it would be a good thing to do and not to worry, “it…

Get Out Of Town!

Get Out Of Town!

I just got back from our annual sales summit. This is one of two annual company meetings we hold offsite (the other being our strategic planning sessions). This is the…

Stressed? Do I Look Stressed?

Stressed? Do I Look Stressed?

People have often commented to me that I don’t seem to get stressed. That’s not really true. I use the analogy that many of you have heard: a duck may…

What Does That Even Mean?

What Does That Even Mean?

We recently conducted our annual employee survey and “work-life balance” was an item that popped up in the open-ended comments section. It got me thinking about the concept and what…

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Where's My Magic Bullet?

At the conclusion of a recent planning session, one of our Board members asked me what I thought about the whole planning process. I blurted out, “It was really hard.”…

Pick Me! Pick Me!

Pick Me! Pick Me!

The recent elections were at the forefront of our world — there was no escaping the news coverage or the incessant commercials! That got me thinking about leadership roles. In…

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You Gotta Have Faith

No, this is not a religious call to action or a George Michael reference. I started thinking about how ‘you gotta have faith’ in the aftermath of the Badger/Hawkeyes game.…

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Sweat the Details

People always say, “don’t sweat the details,” but I say for business success it’s critical to sweat the details. The details are the difference between adequate service and exceptional service,…

How's Your Economy

How's Your Economy

It’s not about the economy; it’s about your economy. By your economy, I mean your company’s economic situation (as opposed to your personal economic situation which is a whole other…

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Patience A Virtue But Maybe Not In Business

I was recently talking to a fellow business person about hobbies and we discovered we both competed in triathlons. As we talked a bit more, I mentioned that my favorite…

Farms Grow More Than Vegetables

Farms Grow More Than Vegetables

I feel very lucky to live in Madison. One of my favorite hobbies is cycling. I especially enjoy biking this time of year, because within minutes of leaving my house,…

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