Four Uninterrupted Weeks Off. At Plante Moran, We Call That a “Sabbatical.”

July 8, 2014

For more than a decade, the firm has had a sabbatical program that requires all partners to take a mandatory four consecutive weeks’ leave every seven years. Although we have a generous paid-time-off policy at the firm, some partners use it more than others; the sabbatical program requires all partners to disconnect completely so that we may […]

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Can Company Culture Hamper Innovation? We’re Surveying Leaders to Find Out!

June 16, 2014

I once read that the most dangerous phrase in business is, “We’ve always done it that way.” And it’s true. Certainly, there’s comfort in routine, but there’s a reason we’re always trying to challenge people to “step outside of their comfort zones”—because if you’re not changing, you’re stagnating. For the past three years, Plante Moran […]

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Are You Measuring the Right Things?

June 2, 2014

Modern business literature emphasizes the importance of measurements and accountability in business. That’s all well and good—I’d never argue against measuring the right things—but it’s important to be cautious about what we measure. The wrong metrics can drive undesired behaviors just as the right ones can effect positive change. This is often referred to as […]

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Candor Is Kindness

May 19, 2014

Candor Is Kindness Although tax season ended April 15th, the firm is in the midst of another “busy season”: performance management. Over the next month, staff will be evaluating themselves on how successful they’ve been in the past 12 months and setting their goals for the upcoming performance year. They’ll then discuss those performances and […]

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Where in the World is Plante Moran?

May 5, 2014

Today, Plante Moran has offices throughout Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio and in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Part of me feels as though it’s always been this way, yet it was just 10 years ago that our global services team was formed and a group of forward-thinking PMers had the vision to propel […]

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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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