It’s a fallacy to assume that all businesses can succeed in a rising economy. While it’s the case for most, some companies, no matter the size, struggle and may even fail in a strong economy. In most of those cases the source often is internal. The issue is not as economic as it is strategic…

Organizational development professionals often say, "We hire on skills, but fire on attitude." If the saying is correct, then it would seem employees struggle more with attitude issues than with work skills. How can managers deal with attitude issues before they reach the firing stage? I’ve …

Organizations rely on teams to improve productivity, work quality, employee engagement, organizational harmony and attitudes. However, these group environments aren’t always positive. Negative communication can occur if not well managed, leading to frustration, distraction and employee depar…

We recently moved offices and decid- ed to remodel the space to really make it ours. Then, as long as we were remodeling, we looked at refreshing our brand. That led to changes in our tagline, mis- sion, vision and values.It was like when you change out one thing in your house, and then sudd…

Rapid growth can be a great thing but sometimes it can get out of hand. Most often discussed is the impact it has on working capital. There’s no question that cash management and other financial matters are critical issues during periods of rapid growth. In this column, I want to talk about …

Now is a great time to be a military Veteran in Wisconsin. When I was appointed Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs secretary 19 months ago, I was asked to ensure that every veteran who wanted a job had one.

If you offer health insurance coverage purchased through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace to your employees, you may be eligible for the Small Employer Health Insurance Credit (45R credit).

When was the last time you had a boss say they were sorry for something or admit a mistake? Humility is not a trait we typically associate with strong leaders. More often our leadership models are of toughness, resolution and strong self-confidence.

I can remember growing up in Green Bay and wondering what I would be doing during the summer to make some extra cash. The options were plentiful, but they didn’t always pay the best and the hours were often long and not convenient for having fun like a high school student wants to do.

Most business owners would agree that hiring and retaining quality, productive employees is key to having a successful business. As more people incorporate environmentally-friendly practices into their daily lives, businesses can also show how they use sustainable methods and materials as an…

To thrive in today’s marketplace, companies need more than a good product or service. Branding is central to having your company stand out in a crowded market.

When Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 280 on Nov. 30, more than 40 people crowded in behind him to be part of the official bill-signing photo. The larger-than-normal turnout for the event was emblematic of the widespread support for the legislation, which requires Wisconsin K-12 school…

It seems these days that you don’t have to look too far to find frustrated leaders. They’re easy to spot by the cloud hanging over their heads. Nothing is going right and no one is doing enough of what they should be doing. Several quickly come to mind for me. In fact, I used to be one myself.