TUE AM News: Marquette innovator-in-residence lays out key traits for innovation; Soybean harvest nears completion

— The innovator-in-residence at Marquette University says many organizations that want to be innovative are missing some key structural traits that would help them accomplish that goal.

Chuck Swoboda says the six traits that make up the “CIRCLE of innovation” — candor, initiative, resolve, courage, leadership and engagement — can be implemented in all industries. 

Swoboda, author of “The Innovator’s Spirit,” president of Cape Point Advisors, and retired chairman and CEO of Cree, Inc., broke down the CIRCLE acronym in a virtual Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition event yesterday.

“What I found, not only in my own career but in some of the years working with other companies, is that these traits and the way I describe them are actually lacking in most organizations that are striving to innovate,” he said.

Swoboda said candor starts with being honest about the facts by prioritizing constructiveness over collegiality and embracing the brutal truth, for example, calling people out when they have a lousy idea. 

Initiative is about experimenting or trial and error, which he said is critical to innovation. 

“People become so focused on trying to be right, that they actually miss the opportunities for success,” he said. “If you’re going to innovate, don’t wait for perfection.”

The third trait is resolve — he suggests creating a situation where there is no choice but to innovate, including scrapping back-up or contingency plans. This will force people to do things that they otherwise think is not possible, he explained. 

Read the full story at WisBusiness.com: https://www.wisbusiness.com/2020/marquette-innovator-in-residence-lays-out-key-traits-for-innovation/ 

— The soybean harvest was approaching completion and good progress was made combining corn during the week leading up to November.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported soybean harvest was 91 percent complete, more than four weeks ahead of last year and two weeks ahead of the five-year average. 

Corn for grain harvest was 55 percent complete, 22 days ahead of last year and six days ahead of the average. The moisture content of corn harvested for grain was reported at 20 percent — favorably low, according to USDA reporters. Corn condition rated 81 percent good to excellent statewide, up 1 percentage point from last week. 

Dry, windy and sunny days cleared up most of the snow cover and excess soil moisture delivered by last week’s storm allowing 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork to resume midweek. 

Temperatures were well below normal again this week, with nightly lows in the teens and twenties. The cold temperatures have slowed the development of winter wheat and other fall-planted crops. 

Winter wheat planted was 97 percent complete, more than four weeks ahead of last year and 23 days ahead of the average. Seventy-eight percent of winter wheat was emerged, more than four weeks ahead of last year and six days ahead of the average. Winter wheat condition rated 84 percent good to excellent, up 3 percentage points from last week. 

Dairy producers were ahead of schedule with manure spreading. Fall tillage was reported as 49 percent complete, more than four weeks ahead of last year and nine days ahead of the average. 

— An Amery tavern and Pro-Life Wisconsin argue the state Supreme Court should reject a request to weigh in on the Evers’ administration’s restrictions on public gatherings.

A circuit court judge rejected a challenge to the order restricting public gatherings to 25 percent of a room’s capacity. But the 3rd District Court of Appeals issued an order preventing enforcement of the restrictions after The Mix Up and Pro-Life Wisconsin appealed that decision. The appeals court ruled they had established a likelihood of success in their appeal and set a briefing schedule that wrapped up last week.

The attorneys for the bar and the anti-abortion group argued in a brief yesterday the 3rd District should be allowed to finish its work on the appeal. They asked the Supreme Court to issue its ruling early this week to give the 3rd District an opportunity to resolve the case before the order expires on Friday.

They added once the appeals court issues a ruling, the case could come back to the state Supreme Court and address whether an appeal would be moot with the order already expired.

They also argued the issues in the case have already been settled by the state Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling in May that struck down an extended stay-at-home order. In that decision, the conservative majority ruled the directive should’ve been issued through the administrative rules process, which would give the Legislature oversight of the proposal.

Legal observers think the Evers administration wants to get the issue back before the state Supreme Court believing the new composition of the court may result in a different decision than the one issued in May. Liberal Jill Karofsky replaced conservative Daniel Kelly, who was in the majority of that 4-3 ruling, in late summer.

See the brief:


— The statewide coalition effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 launched its third public education announcement on broadcast TV and digital platforms statewide.

The latest “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition ad features a registered nurse at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton. The Fox Valley region is one of the regions of the state that’s been hit hardest by growing COVID-19 hospitalizations.

“We are all sick and tired of COVID-19, but right now Wisconsin, we need you to step up,” the nurse Katie says in the ad. “As scary as it can be, and as difficult and challenging as our days are, we just need everyone else to gather in and help us.”

As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths climb in the state, Wisconsin Hospital Association President and CEO Eric Borgerding said the recent ad is a crucial reminder from frontline health care workers to keep the state’s residents healthy.

“We count on these health care heroes to be there for us and your loved ones, so thank them by wearing a mask, social distancing, and taking this deadly pandemic seriously,” Borgerding said. “For those essential workers and the vulnerable in our communities, we need to turn this public health crisis around before it overwhelms our state.”

Since its launch on Oct. 9, the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition has grown to include nearly 100 organizations. The most recent addition included more than 40 chambers of commerce from communities statewide.

“Wisconsin’s business community is coming together with our frontline health care workers to stress the importance of taking COVID-19 seriously,” said Kurt Bauer, president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. “Our state’s employers are taking critical steps to keep workers safe on the job, but it is just as important for Wisconsinites to take similar actions when they are at home and in public.”

See the full list of member organizations here: https://www.wha.org/stopthecovidspread 

You can watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch  

— Taxpayers will see an average reduction of $177 in their income tax bill for 2020 thanks to the additional revenue the state collected for online sales, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

Under legislation signed last year, the additional tax collected from online sales involving out-of-state retailers was designated to reduce income taxes by an equal amount by reducing rates for the two lowest income tax brackets.

The LFB projects nearly 2.3 million tax filers, or 71.6 percent, will see a decrease in their income tax under the arrangement.

Those with adjusted gross incomes below $100,000 account for 79.9 percent of those who will see a tax decrease with an average cut of $158.

Those with incomes of more than $100,000 will see an average decrease of $251.

See the memo:


— Wisconsin reported 3,433 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state’s cumulative confirmed case count to 232,296. 

The seven-day average of daily confirmed cases rose to a record 4,463, according to the Department of Health Services’ coronavirus dashboard.

During the week of Oct. 18, data show the 25-34 age range brought in more confirmed cases than any other age group for the fifth consecutive week. The age group has also surpassed its weekly case record for the sixth consecutive week.

Wisconsin also reported three new deaths among confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 2,050, marking 262 deaths since Oct. 26. 

By comparison, the week leading up to Oct. 26 brought 188 more deaths. But yesterday’s death toll was the lowest it’s been since Sept. 28. 

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— PR-PDQ is celebrating its ninth year helping start-ups and small companies get the same high-level public relations exposure as larger companies. 

“People can’t buy what they don’t know exists, so in 2011 I built a platform that gets the word out quickly for the smaller company,” said PR-PDQ lead Judi Murphy, president of Murphy Associates and partner at Brookfield-based Oak Hill Business Partners. 

She added that PR-PDQ provides a package that quickly launches a start-up company’s public relations effort, and the program allows the smaller company with a smaller budget to benefit.

PR-PDQ is a division of Murphy Associates, which provides public relations, brand journalism, and marketing audit and strategy services to southeastern Wisconsin companies.


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– New dicamba guidelines mean more time & expense for growers https://brownfieldagnews.com/news/new-dicamba-guidelines-mean-more-time-expense-for-growers/ 

– September All Milk Price Drops to $17.70 Cwt. http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=1170&yr=2020 

– Other Commodities Prices Were Mixed http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=1171&yr=2020 

– New Program Links Conservation Award Recipients with Underserved Farmers & Ranchers https://www.midwestfarmreport.com/2020/11/02/new-program-links-conservation-award-recipients-with-underserved-farmers-ranchers/ 


– First Citizens Bank to open new Milwaukee branch in former Starbucks https://biztimes.com/first-citizens-bank-to-open-new-milwaukee-branch-in-former-starbucks/ 


– Home construction increases in Wisconsin as interest for ownership increases during Covid https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2020/11/02/new-home-construction-increases-in-wisocnsin.html 


– Latino students, long an enrollment bright spot for colleges, shed numbers amid pandemic https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2020/11/02/latino-students-college-enrollment-down-covid-19.html 

– UW-Eau Claire Instructors Call For Online Classes After Thanksgiving https://www.wpr.org/uw-eau-claire-instructors-call-online-classes-after-thanksgiving 


– Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Administration For Relaxing Limits On Coal Plant Pollution https://www.wpr.org/lawsuit-filed-against-trump-administration-relaxing-limits-coal-plant-pollution 


– Wisconsin tops 30% average positivity rate as new COVID-19 cases continue to rise rapidly https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2020/11/02/wisconsin-coronavirus-state-reports-3-433-new-cases-30-positivity/6127910002/

– Wisconsin hospital revenue, income rose before Covid-19. How Milwaukee-area hospitals fared in 2019. https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2020/11/02/wisconsin-hospital-revenue-income-rising-before.html 

– Advocate Aurora to bolster Fond du Lac presence with $67M project https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2020/11/02/advocate-aurora-to-bolster-fond-du-lac-presence.html 


– Bail set at $2M for teen accused in Wisconsin shootings https://apnews.com/article/wisconsin-shootings-police-kenosha-illinois-47a83ba85fc45bbf6bbb0


– Southeastern Wisconsin manufacturing hits highest level since August 2018 in Marquette-ISM https://biztimes.com/southeastern-wisconsin-manufacturing-hits-highest-level-since-august-2018-in-marquette-ism/ 


– Divided government worked in Maryland; in Wisconsin it let COVID-19 rage


– Wisconsin Mayors Keep An Eye On Safety Ahead Of Election Day https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-mayors-keep-eye-safety-ahead-election-day


– Fair housing group accuses real estate brokerage of redlining in Milwaukee, other metros https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2020/11/02/national-fair-housing-alliance-sues-redfin.html 


– Despite interest, former Boston Stores yet to sell after auctions https://biztimes.com/despite-interest-former-boston-stores-yet-to-sell-after-auctions/ 

– As holiday shopping ramps up, Milwaukee firm trains retail workers on de-escalation in Covid-19 era https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2020/11/02/local-firm-trains-retail-workers-on-de-escalation.html 


– Reports: Packers Rookie AJ Dillon Has Tested Positive For COVID-19 https://www.wpr.org/reports-packers-rookie-aj-dillon-has-tested-positive-covid-19 

– Wisconsin Hunters Had a Great 2020 Bear Season https://www.midwestfarmreport.com/2020/11/02/wisconsin-hunters-had-a-great-2020-bear-season/ 


– Fiserv launches contactless payment technology for restaurants https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2020/11/02/fiserv-launches-contactless-payment-technology.html 


<i>See these and other press releases: 

https://www.wisbusiness.com/press-releases/ </i>

– North Shore Bank: Begins construction on a new Kenosha South branch https://www.wisbusiness.com/2020/north-shore-bank-begins-construction-on-a-new-kenosha-south-branch/ 

– Stop the COVID Spread! Coalition: Ramps up message, releases next ad with frontline nurse https://www.wisbusiness.com/2020/stop-the-covid-spread-coalition-ramps-up-message-releases-next-ad-with-frontline-nurse/