A Span of Seven Years - mindshine Roundtable Discussion

Let me preface. "A Span of Seven Years" was so involved, so intriguing, that we almost forgot to record the evening. Image by image, you can see the intensity captured throughout the night. Here is what our brilliant mindshine guests had to say about our January..

5 Ways To Build a Great Team For Your Company

Filament is committed to growing and creating sustainable, well-compensated jobs to support our local economy and community here in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. We’ve been working toward hiring our next employee for a while now, and are so pleased to..

That One Sound - mindshine Round Table Discussion

This past December, six local possibilitarians were invited to mindshine on the topic of: That One SoundHere's a small glimpse into an evening of real connection, real women, and a real exchange of stories, ideas, and gregarious laughter.

How to Accomplish Your Short Term and Long Term Business Goals

One of the things I struggle with as a growth-focused business owner is how exactly to set short term and long term goals. As well as how to get my team to set goals that are cohesive with the overall vision of our company. Recently, I sat down with my coach, Rebecca

Nature Vs. Nurture - mindshine Round Table Discussion

Twins separated at birth and reunited 30-years later. Being raised to eat everything on your plate. Gender neutral upbringing. The conversations surrounding Nature Vs. Nurture bounced from one to the next, and by the end of the night, everyone felt like they had..

A Small Business Owner's Christmas List

Ah, Christmas. 'Tis the season for shopping, and parties, and gifting, and cheer, and if you're a small business owner...you're probably trying to finish Q4 strong, budget and plan for next year, and squeeze out enough time and energy to give appropriate thanks to..

The Fear of Falling - mindshine Round Table Discussion

Here at Filament, we understand that networking is a key component to business growth.  Unfortunately, mingling and schmoozing with new people at networking events can often feel impersonal – or dare we say, phony?  So, we put our creative caps on and came up with..

30 Questions to Ask Yourself to Feel Gratitude

Ahhhh, November. The month of Thanksgiving. A time of change, of leaves falling, of daylight waning, full of preparation and anticipation for the holidays and a new year. It's also Filament's 3rd Anniversary, which makes us all warm and fuzzy, and inspired to share..

10 Lessons to Improve your Work-Life Balance As a Business Owner

50 Ways to Rekindle Your Creativity this Month

One of Filament's core values is creativity:

How S.M.A.R.T. Goals Can Grow Your Business

When you jump into owning your own business, time doesn't make sense anymore. When you're waiting on a check and your bank account is low, a few days feels like months. And then all of a sudden another quarter has passed, and you have no idea where those 90 days..

How to Find Your Core Business Values

As you grow your business, it's a good idea to get clear what your core values are, and how you'll implement them into the culture you're building. Recently, Katy and I took at day to reflect and really talk about which core values we hold most dear, and how we want..

What do Meditation and Self-Regulation have to do with Business?

I am a believer in a purpose-filled life - I think people, books, and resources find me at exactly the right time to teach me what I need most. Two interesting interpretations of the same concept crossed my path today, which made me think it might be important - and..

5 Fun and Simple Ways to Keep Interpersonally Connected

Three TEDtalks That Make Us Feel a Little Bit Better About Life

In an effort to get more learning in, I've been focusing on multi-tasking - as I move my body on the treadmill, I'm using my TEDTalks app for entertainment. A few of my recent favorites may give a little bit too much insight into where my head is at - but I'm sure..

3 Ways to Create a Purpose-Driven Working Environment

Having managed volunteers and employees for several years, I recognized that people who felt a sense of purpose positively, unequivocally impacted the development of the organization.  Recruitment and retention rates were great, customer service scores were high,..

7 Ways to Improve Your Next Public Speaking Opportunity

We all know what it's like to sit through an ill-conceived presentation. The speaker begins five to ten minutes late. Technology isn't working quite right. You thought you'd signed up for a specific topic, but within a few minutes, you're confused or bored. You get..

7 Behaviors Harming Your Business Reputation

Remember Dale Carnegie - the enthusiast with a mission to help professionals gain friends and influence people?  Most of his reputation building  techniques were really about basic manners, such as:

3 Ways to Turn Around a Customer Service Fail

As business owners and managers, one of the worst things to experience is a customer service fail. We spend so much time (and energy, and passion) putting processes in place, training our staff, and developing our product that when a customer complains our first..

5 Steps to Regain Lost Productivity

Recently snowed-in with lingering deadlines and zero access to my life online, I had a minor melt-down.  As an over-achieving adult, a snow day doesn’t possess the same magic it once did as a kid – far from it.  Rather, a day unplugged was a gigantic inconvenience...

5 Ageless Must Read Marketing Tips From an 80-Year-Old

Yes, there was a time when marketing had an impact without social media and flashy websites – and, in many ways, it still should.  According to Florence Vanden Hogen, my 80-year-old-ish grandmother with a savvy business history, “Marketing is people.  It is..

Top 10 Ways For a Leader to Stay Energized

The holidays are over, and we're in the full swing of the new year. Here at Filament, we've gone through the goal-setting process for 2016, and now we're running full-steam ahead: networking, client work, documenting processes, and converting prospects to clients..

Reinstating the Fundamentals of Time Management


Increase Genuine Connection to Beat Small Business Stress

As small business owners, we are encouraged to find ways to create balance in our lives, be our best selves and beat stress. Sometimes I want to throw up my arms and say "Forgeddaboudit." Stress is inevitable, and I continue to try to come to terms with the fact..

How to Integrate Your Values into Your Brand Communication Plan

Recently, I found myself sitting on a patio in Milwaukee with a pitcher of beer, chatting with some folks who I consider both friends and colleagues about our social media strategies for our businesses. The discussion went down a road that I think is paralyzing..

How to Use Business Connections and Your Time Wisely

Welcome to September! Real, post-Labor Day long weekend September... Back to school for the kids and back to the grindstone for us grown-ups. Summer hours have wound down and it's now time for all of us to refocus on business, whatever that means to us.

To inspired..

Our 5 Favorite Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Striking out on your own is hard. Many of us feel like failures most of the time, and when something great does happen, we're quick to forget it when the next challenge arises. Entrepreneurs face adversity every day, and wear many hats - but if you are one, you..

What Good Housekeeping Taught Me About Rebranding

I recently found myself at the makeup counter of a local drugstore, milling about while waiting on a friend. As I pawed through the impulse buy magazine rack I was struck by the cover of the most recent Good Housekeeping magazine. Find out below what lessons I found..

Four Time Management Tips for Small Business Owners

As a entrepreneur, it is very easy for work to sneak into your personal life and vice versa. If you are still working from home, you may find yourself doing a load of laundry between conference calls or popping into your office at 10pm after the kids go to sleep.

How to Use Wit To Define Your Business

I'm just now devouring my June issue of Fast Company, which happens to be the issue featuring the 100 Most Creative People in Business. (Amy Poehler on the cover? Yes, please!) I love this issue for many reasons: