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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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Breaking Down Goals to Achieve Them

Recently while exercising, I was listening to the Nike podcast “Trained.” One item about breaking down goals really got my attention and I’d like to share my thoughts on it.…

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Economic Analysis: 2018 and Beyond

People are always interested in the markets and the economy but never more so than at year end and especially in times of turbulence. As an expert in any chosen…

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3 New Year’s Goals to Improve Relationships

With the new year upon us, so many people focus on changing their appearance and health with the ultimate goal of improving their happiness. In fact, estimates show that 45…

Sounding the Labor Shortage Alarm

Sounding the Labor Shortage Alarm

Everywhere I go, everyone is talking about the pervasive labor shortage. Clients ask daily if we know anyone to fill key positions. There are hiring signs in windows in almost…

How One Client Saved My Career

How One Client Saved My Career

Just out of grad school with no practical experience and an MBA in hand, an encounter with a single client at my very first job likely saved my entire career…

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Safe Holiday Shopping Tips 2.0

 As an IT professional at First Business, part of my job is staying on top of ever-changing security challenges and helping our employees to navigate them. As an update to…

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What’s A Financial Concierge?

As a Private Banker, I have a lot of fun explaining my career because it looks different every single day, which makes it enjoyable, interesting, and rewarding, but also not…

Building a Longer Table

Building a Longer Table

As people in any industry know, maintaining a consistently high morale when things aren’t going well at work, especially as the holidays approach, can be a challenge. About five years…

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