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Part I: The Five Types of Toxic Coworkers

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on February 27, 2011 in Quality of Life


We’re all just trying to make a living and it helps to have friends who all get along — but some people are particularly adept at making it worse than it has…

The five types of toxic coworker: Identify and beware

Managers: The Arrogant Bastard

Posted by Jeff Hayes on February 21, 2011 in Quality of Life


This is the second article in our series entitled Managers: The Good and the Bad. Poor managers like the Arrogant Bastard represent a real risk to the companies for which they work.  It…

The arrogant bastard is to be avoided

Five Steps for Becoming a Good Customer

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on February 15, 2011 in Business


There are two sides to any transaction and, generally speaking, the level of support and loyalty depend on how each side treats the other. As a business — or one of its…

Why should I try to become a good customer? How do I benefit?

Managers: The Innovator

Posted by Jeff Hayes on February 8, 2011 in Quality of Life


As promised in the introduction to this series of articles about Managers: The Good and the Bad, we’ll focus firstly on “The Innovator”. Innovators are those leaders who can easily view the…

The innovator is sometimes a better leader than manager

Are You a Social Media Addict?

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on January 29, 2011 in Technology


What’s your relationship with social media? Are you just a casual user who can take it or leave it or are you an addict who has to check Twitter, Facebook or your…

Are you becoming a social media addict?

Managers: The Good and the Bad

Posted by Jeff Hayes on January 13, 2011 in Quality of Life


Managers come in all shapes and sizes; they come in all races and creeds and in both genders; with numerous strengths and weaknesses; with each of the temperaments defined by the Myers-Briggs…

Good Managers Have a Few Things in Common

A Thanksgiving Story

Posted by Jeff Hayes on November 25, 2010 in Community


This Story Took Place during Thanksgiving week in 1984. While finishing up my engineering degree at Marquette, I lived in the Ardmore Apartments on 16th Street in Milwaukee, just kitty cornered from…

Harriet was the star of Thanksgiving in 1984

How About a Little Civility?

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on October 24, 2010 in Community


For me, the digital video recorder (DVR) is one of the best inventions – ever.  I get to record and watch programs whenever it’s convenient for me, PLUS, I can skip over…

Where has the civility gone?

Plan to lend a hand for the holidays

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on October 10, 2010 in Community


The National Bureau of Economic Research said that the recession technically ended in June 2009, which is when business activity reached its low point and recovery began.  Um, okay… So while the…

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Lend a hand. It's good medicine.

Field Trip to a Wind Farm – 5 Interesting Facts

Posted by Jeff Hayes on September 24, 2010 in Business


Emerging Energies of Wisconsin recently invited the employees of AlignTech Solutions to visit its latest wind farm in the Town of Shirley, Wisconsin.  And so we went.  Emerging Energies is just now…

Field trip to a wind farm for AlignTech employees.