What are you reading, watching, wearing or doing that’s so great you want to share it with others? We asked a few of our Insight readers, and this is what they said.
— Compiled by Insight Editor Margaret LeBrun
“I drive a Mini Cooper convertible. I like its razor-sharp handling, total fun factor — and the brand rocks! It is all about the EDGE.”
Kate Burgess, president, CEO and owner of elevate97, Green Bay
IF THE SHOE FITS
“Shoes and I have a love-or-hate relationship. For any guy who needs to wear dress shoes with any frequency, the Cole Haan Zerogrands are ridiculously awesome. These formal shoes have a Nike Air sole and are perfect for being on your feet for long periods of time.
“For those now thinking, ‘Uh, Garritt, you almost never dress formally, why would you have these?’ Very true! Thankfully they come in varying degrees of formal, so you can find ones that look great for almost any occasion. Your feet, knees and lower back will thank you in spades.”
Garritt Bader, principal, GB Real Estate Investments, LLC
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
“I spent two years trying to convince my wife that we needed a chicken coop. Finally, after her having a conversation with a 12-year-old girl who had her own brood, my flock was approved. My wife and I have been raising our little hens for just over three years now.
“Raising chickens is a fun and easy experience that has taught us the joy of urban farming right in our backyard. We have what I call heirloom chickens. Different breeds can lay different colored eggs. Some of ours lay large brown eggs, and a few others lay pretty blue-green ones or what are commonly called Easter eggs.
“We purchased our girls online from a breeder as starter pullets (they arrived at our local post office as juveniles and not as chicks, which is a bit easier for beginner farmers like us). Chickens can also help get rid of those leftovers in your refrigerator since they will eat almost anything — I recommend you just don’t ask them if it tastes like chicken!”
Jason Lasky, executive vice president, Sadoff Iron & Metal, Fond du Lac
“A great YouTube video is a Ted Talk that covers how small communities can drive local economic development through innovation and story-telling. The most powerful line is, ‘Don’t let your community die because you choose not to innovate or share your ideas.’
“This is a story on why and how to focus on process and marketing. It is the unofficial template for Sheboygan County’s drive to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation.”
To see the TEDxOcala video, “Innovation: Five Steps to Get Your Local Economy Back to the Future” by Ryan Lilly, check out this link: https://youtu.be/MJ5Nz1h6Qps
Dane Checolinski, director, Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp.
BACK TO NATURE
“I am rereading an old favorite, Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac.” It’s very well written. Anybody interested in nature and conservation would enjoy it. We’ve got bald eagles flying around our house right now; it’s encouraging to see that and to appreciate nature in our beautiful state.
“We give this book to all of our new employees. It’s sort of the basis for our view on sustainability. The other thing I tell them is if you look at what Leopold does in his writing, he has a real knack for observation and using all the senses to seek answers, to know what’s going on with a message. We are very much communication-based in our business, and if they are good communicators, they will be successful.”
Tom Boldt, CEO, The Boldt Co., Appleton