Sorry I Wasn’t Here When You Arrived. Love, Speedy.

April 19, 2014

One of our Marketing team members recently attended the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Conference, held two weeks ago in New Orleans. This annual event teaches, inspires, and connects professionals across industries and functions to strengthen workplace culture. It’s always a feel-good event full of best practices and stories of people and workplaces at their […]

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Get Engaged!

March 28, 2014

15 years ago, we published our first edition of Universal Advisor, our corporate magazine distributed to clients, prospects, and friends of the firm three times per year. We worked hard over the years to make it a valuable information tool, full of ideas straight from our experts to address your business challenges. About a year […]

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Great Client Service: A Recipe

March 17, 2014

In a completely unprecedented announcement, I’m prepared to divulge Plante Moran’s recipe for great client service. Ready? Start with: 2 parts technical expertise 1 part proactive advice 1 part candid communication 1 part responsiveness 1 part caring Combine, add to client, and voila! That’s the Plante Moran equivalent to the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and […]

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What Do You Do With a Talented Square Peg? Create a Square Hole.

March 3, 2014

Allow me to share one of my favorite Frank Moran stories. Frank was meeting with a client in the early days of the firm when he was introduced to a man named Bob Petz. Frank was immediately impressed by him—so much so that he decided to hire him. “You’re crazy,” said Frank’s colleagues who, at […]

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Boost your creativity: Make Exercise a Priority in 2014

February 17, 2014

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, exercising tops the list. It makes sense; depending upon who you consult, the average person gains between two and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And anyone who’s ever been to a gym in January can attest to crowds that dissipate in mid-February once the novelty […]

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We May Be (Unconsciously) Biased

February 3, 2014

Consider these statistics: Less than 15 percent of American men are over six feet tall, yet almost 60 percent of corporate CEOs are more than six feet tall. Less than 4 percent of American men are taller than six feet, two inches; yet more than 36% of corporate CEOs exceed six feet two inches. Similar […]

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How Sweet It Is…to Be on FORTUNE’s “100 Best” List for the 16th Year in a Row!

January 16, 2014

You might think that being named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” could become routine, but nothing could be further from the truth. Receiving this recognition is just as thrilling in 2014 as it was back in 1999 when Plante Moran appeared on the list for the first time. Just to put this […]

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The Art of Communication

January 2, 2014

One of the most frustrating things for me when I first became managing partner was communicating to a large group, especially within Plante Moran. Not only do you have to be careful what you say (which is a good rule of thumb for whatever title you occupy in a professional setting) but you can’t assume […]

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Forget the Glass Ceiling—GM CEO Mary Barra Has Broken Through Sheet Metal

December 12, 2013

What an exciting time for the auto industry! Since General Motors (GM) announced that Mary Barra will succeed Dan Akerson as the auto industry’s first female CEO, there’s been much celebration. And deservedly so. We often hear about women at organizations like Yahoo and Facebook, but to have someone who grew up in a blue-collar […]

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Learning from Nelson Mandela

December 6, 2013

Much is being written about the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, who died Thursday. Though most of those writing have much more knowledge than I, I was moved to write something anyway. Having been touched by Mandela’s story and his vision, I asked myself: How do you spend […]

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