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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Thankfulness Is a State of Mind

November 27, 2013

I recently heard a quote from a colleague—she said it came from Oprah Winfrey—that if you’re thankful for what you have, you’ll end up getting more, whereas if you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough. This really resonated with me, particularly with Thanksgiving upon us, as I sat down to put […]

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It’s Opening Day for Plante Moran in “the D”

November 15, 2013

As Plante Moran’s managing partner, I travel quite a bit. At some point, the conversation usually turns to Detroit, where many of my out-of-town colleagues express sympathy. “That’s too bad about Detroit,” they may say, or—when they learn that Plante Moran is opening an office downtown in the Compuware building—“But why? Detroit is doing terribly.” […]

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Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself?

October 31, 2013

Today is Halloween, the one day a year when children are able to set aside their fears of things that go bump in the night and embrace them. Those witches and little monsters that reside in closets and under beds become fodder for this year’s costumes as children bravely embody those things that, on any other […]

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I’ll Have the Plante Moran, Hold the Chili

October 21, 2013

In mid-September, Plante Moran Marketing Consultant Kim Greenspan took some staff members out to Gastronomy, a favorite dining destination located in Southfield, Michigan. While she was there, she noted that a Plante Moran competitor had a sandwich named after them on the menu. Curious, she asked to speak to the manager. “What can Plante Moran […]

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