News & Noteworthy

Posted on Jun 1, 2021 :: News & Noteworthy
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Get to know: Ben Fauske

Confidence expert

No matter who a person is, everyone suffers from confidence issues at some point in their lives — whether it’s overconfidence or under confidence. After seeing how both affected others and himself, Sherwood resident Ben Fauske decided to dive in and learn more about the topic.

“I was working with my mentor and talking about the confidence continuum and where people sit along it,” Fauske says. “It’s hard to talk about confidence and we came up with six different profiles to help the discussion.”

That research led Fauske to publish “Authentic Confidence: The Secret to Loving Your Work and Leading an Unstoppable Career,” which has become a must-read book for business professionals, including students at the Schneider School of Business’s Center for Exceptional Leadership at St. Norbert College.

Even without the book, people can self-assess where they are on the confidence continuum by taking an online screening. That information provides executive coaches a place to start from, says Fauske, who’s also a certified professional behavioral analyst who provides executive coaching, workshops and keynote addresses.

“Coaching confidence isn’t easy; it’s not a one size fits all kind of thing,” he says. “When people do the internal work, you definitely notice the exterior change.”

The key to authentic confidence is having pride in work plus humility in relationships, Fauske says. Discovering authentic confidence also can lead to stronger leadership skills.

“Our goal is to help those leaders identify their challenges and help them through them,” he says. 

  — MaryBeth Matzek


Diesel program debut

The Luxemburg-Casco School District’s new Ahnapee Diesel program will launch this fall, becoming the first diesel-only program at the high school level in Wisconsin.

The diesel program is a consortium of area high schools, including Luxemburg-Casco, Denmark and Kewaunee. Students are given the opportunity to earn college credits while also receiving credit toward high school graduation through a partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.


Express yourself

ANTIX Theatrix is a new Appleton-based multimedia production company looking to collaborate with and promote local artists. 

Founder Alex Frantz says ANTIX focuses on multi-platform productions, such as theater productions, podcasts, film and experiential pieces. ANTIX hopes to debut a summer production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The theme of the production will celebrate the diverse LGBTQ culture within and beyond the Fox Cities.


Taprooms debut Bruce’s Brew

Fifth Ward Brewery and Bare Bones Brewery have created a raspberry blonde ale in honor of Bruce, an English Mastiff that won the Northeast Wisconsin Top Dog competition. For every pint and four-pack sold, a $1 donation will be collected and divided between the Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club
and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

The 2020-21 NEW Top Dog Champion contest was held last September.