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Who’s your Daddy?

01.23.19 | A dad finds out he cannot have children, yet he has three. A work at home sales guy names his dog Employee of the Quarter for the last few years, and the inventor of the Frisbee is our Business Birthday. Shop Talk looks at Gillette’s TV spot on toxic masculinity—The Focus Group gang has a definite opinion—and John shares some pics from Paul Hagen’s wedding.

TFG Unbuttoned: A gay couple is on the cover of ‘Parents’ magazine, and conservatives are outraged

01.22.19 | Kurt King, the owner of a Hamburger Mary’s in Florida, says that his restaurant was targeted by county health officials because it’s an LGBTQ business. Christian conservatives are outraged that the cover of Parents magazine this month will feature a gay couple and their children. And a Florida substitute teacher has been accused of spreading human feces on tables and grills at a park where a principal she worked for was set to host a birthday party.

Bizarre on-the-job stories from a cable guy

01.16.19 | Just one gay acquaintance can change hearts and minds on LGBTQ rights. The phenomenon is known as “contact theory,” according to the study’s author Daniel DellaPosta, who reported the findings. An article by Lauren Hough on her ten years of being a cable tech reveals a glimpse of the suburban grotesque, and the University of Connecticut is offering a course on the marijuana industry, causing quite a buzz.

TFG Unbuttoned: Move, nourish, refresh and connect for a better 2019

01.15.19 | The science is clear. If you move your body a little each day, nourish yourself with real food, allow your mind to take a break and refresh, and if you regularly connect with loved ones and friends you will be both happier and healthier. The IRS is taking a look at the social media profiles of famous “influencers” to catch tax evaders.

The simple technique Michael Phelps uses to stay focused on his goals

01.09.19 | He is the most decorated Olympian of all time. Now retired from swimming, Michael Phelps is concentrating on his next chapter. To stay motivated, he uses this simple daily trick. New rules in the UK on advertising will ban companies from including “gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm” in their ads on TV, radio, websites and in print, and a new cookbook from United lets you make airplane food at home.

TFG Unbuttoned: Eight tips for smarter living in 2019

01.08.19 | Answering email only twice a day, and using video game music to focus on work tasks are some tips for changing it up in 2019. Martina Navratilova, regarded by many as the greatest female tennis player of all time, is in a ‘transphobic’ row over comments she made recently about women’s sport.

Questions to consider when starting your own business

01.02.19 | Tim and John kick off the New Year with a look at some hard and fast rules to think about before starting your own business. But first, a cat gets shipped 700 miles after getting into a box without its owner knowing, and there is a push to make Slinky the official toy of Pennsylvania.

TFG Unbuttoned: Welcome 2019!

01.01.19 | Tim and John share thoughts on 2019 and explore an article that predicts seven fashion trends we are going to see in the workplace—spotted any of these fashions yet?

It’s Boxing Day…Whatever that is!

12.26.18 | No need to adjust your screen, this week’s #Focus Group is in vintage black and white. Tim and John share some of their favorite toys and advertising from back in the day. Also, enjoy a couple of recent holiday TV ads that hit a high note.

TFG Unbuttoned: A frequent flyer donates his miles each Christmas to those in need

12.25.18 | Merry Christmas! Tim and John share memories of Christmas and their time in Connecticut. They both like the idea of a business entrepreneur who donates his air miles each year to brighten the holiday for those in need. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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