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La Tienda The Difference Is The People

Recently I was thinking about the little stores that I’ve seen in Central America and Mexico. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to learn Spanish for the fourth time and things…

zak showalter

Structure is Key to Setting Your Goals High

I recently read an article about how different the job market environment is today for college graduates compared to when their parents were entering the workforce a few decades ago.…

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Harnessing the Ripple Effect for Good

One rock thrown into a pond creates ripples. Sometimes you see the rock as it’s thrown, but other times you only have time to react to the ripples. We don’t…

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When Teamwork Makes All The Difference

We’ve all heard the phrase, “there’s no ‘I’ in team.” For many people, this may be a meaningless, everyday expression, but to me these few words encompass one of the…

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

As a teenager, I had several different jobs in the Milwaukee area – the punch-in, punch-out type you need to pay for car parts and gas. Soon enough I was…

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Do Men’s Underwear Purchases Indicate an Economic Downturn?

As humans, we’re hardwired to dislike uncertainty. We gravitate toward patterns and predictability, in general preferring the known. Perhaps that’s why over the years different people have developed rather colorful,…

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Living a Healthy Lifestyle Has Been the Key to Success

As a full-time mom and full-time professional, I’m about as strapped for time as anyone. It’s so easy to start to cut corners and skip things like exercise or focusing…

paul jansen - private wealth management

Good Choices and Transitions Make Life Sweeter

Navigating life transitions is never easy or straightforward. They always seem to come with some measure of self-doubt that sometimes isn’t reconciled easily. I’ve navigated a few big shifts, including…

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Interview with an Intern: A Compelling Conversation about Mentoring

Co-written by MaShawnda Howard, Commercial Banking Operations Intern MaShawnda Howard joined my team at First Business Bank in 2016 as a Commercial Loan Servicing Intern for a one-semester commitment. More…

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Emerging Leaders Embracing Our Communities

If there’s a common theme I hear from business leaders, it’s how they don’t have enough time. This isn’t a blog about how they can find more time – they…

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Leading Your Business Through a Crisis

Last year, one of my clients, Paradigm, LLC, faced a horrific event — a workplace shooting. As soon as I heard the news, I texted CEO Nate Herbst to see…

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A New Era in Data Privacy

As best practices for maintaining data privacy continue to evolve, I lead the effort at First Business to enact and ensure our employees stringently follow them. It’s also extremely important…

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