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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What’s Kid Rock Doing on the Cover of Our Latest Innovation Study?

October 8, 2013

This morning, Plante Moran released its 2013 innovation study. For the study, we partnered with five organizations, all with current data or anecdotal evidence on innovation, so our analysts were able to listen to the voices of 4,225 leaders from the C-suite. This depth of information enabled us to see trends more clearly and dive […]

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Leadership Lessons From the Ice Cream Truck

September 23, 2013

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog called “Connect, Then Lead” about an article I’d read suggesting that effective leaders take the time to connect with their staff. It resonated with me because we’ve always placed an importance on relationships, going all the way back to the early days of Frank Moran. We used […]

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Lessons From the Grand Ole Opry

September 5, 2013

August is a big PTO month at Plante Moran. Lots of staff are taking well-earned vacations to all kinds of destinations. I ran into a colleague recently after her road trip to Nashville and asked her how she enjoyed it. “It was amazing,” she enthused. “Especially seeing the Grand Ole Opry. It reminded me of […]

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Connect, Then Lead

August 19, 2013

Tom Doescher, a retired Plante Moran partner, recently emailed me an article called “Connect, Then Lead.” It states that when we evaluate leadership, we tend to look at two characteristics: how loveable leaders are (their warmth, credibility, etc.), and how strong (competent, equipped, etc.) they are. Research increasingly suggests that warmth begets influence. According to […]

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Technology & Its Role in Our Lives

August 5, 2013

When I started at Plante Moran in 1980, there were no computers. I can remember doing real estate projections by hand. Legions of us would crunch numbers on    14-column sheets of paper for hours; today those projects are completed almost instantly, via the click of a mouse. I remember when the firm got its first […]

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While You’re Away

July 19, 2013

Recently, Plante Moran IT Consulting Partner Raj Patel penned an eight-week guest blog on cybersecurity for Crain’s Detroit Business. He did a heck of a job, writing about everything from how to use social media safely to how to protect your organization from hackers to cyberterrorism. All of the blogs can be found here and […]

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