Got Team Spirit? We’ve Got an Award for That!

June 22, 2015

Recently, Bill Bufe, a retired partner and former HR director of the firm, reminded me of the origin of our Morrison award, which we give out each year at our firm conference to the one or two staff members who best epitomize firm spirit. It’s an interesting story, so I thought I’d share it with […]

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Sorry, Not Sorry

June 5, 2015

It never ceases to amaze me how creative Plante Moraners can be. Check out this email that Marketing Director Kim Greenspan recently sent to her female colleagues: I’ve noticed that women substitute “sorry” for any number of stronger and more appropriate words, thus running the risk of being perceived as the weaker gender — and […]

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17 Syllables for 17 Years

May 25, 2015

Each year, Plante Moran celebrates our inclusion on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list with a contest. This gives us something fun to do during busy season, and it adds an element of celebration during the post-holidays winter lull. We’ve hosted trivia contests, photo caption contests—you name it, we’ve probably done it. This […]

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We Never Use the “E” Word (And We’re Not Alone)

May 11, 2015

Last month, our own Chris McCoy and Jim Proppe had the opportunity to present a breakout session at the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Conference in Dallas. After the session, Vlad Coho of Riot Games (developer of the astoundingly popular League of Legends videogame) approached Chris. “I noticed you didn’t use the word ‘employee’ at […]

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That Struck a Nerve

April 28, 2015

We’ve been getting a lot of feedback on a recent article we wrote for CNBC. The topic—cybersecurity—is admittedly controversial, but we were surprised at just how much of a nerve it struck with some small and mid-sized organizations. In the article, Group Managing Partner Jim Proppe asks, “Think only big companies get hacked?” only to […]

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Can a Leader Be “Too Nice”?

April 8, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Sandy Pierce, Chairman and CEO of FirstMerit MI, and I were honored as “business leaders of the year” by the Harvard Business School Club of Michigan—a very humbling experience. We were both asked to talk a bit about leadership and how we developed into our current roles. Sandy—who is an […]

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Are You a Great Multitasker? Not so Fast…

March 23, 2015

At Plante Moran, we have a number of training courses we provide to staff. One of them is on time management and offers a number of great tips like: Prioritize your to-do list. Eat that frog. (Do the hardest, least fun thing first. Just get it over with!) If a task takes less than five […]

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Do You Have an Enviable Culture?

March 6, 2015

FORTUNE magazine has announced its list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and for the 17th year in a row, Plante Moran made the list. We’re beyond thrilled and honored to be listed among so many amazing companies. Thanks to FORTUNE and a variety of regional “best place to work” awards, we’ve become known […]

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The Joy of Giving

February 16, 2015

Several years ago, we formed Plante Moran Cares as a way to encourage staff to rally around a particular cause and donate time, treasure, and talent to those in need. This year, we approached things a little differently; we asked each office to select the charity it would support. Staff nominated the causes that were […]

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For IBM Watson, It’s All Elementary

February 2, 2015

It beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in the 1990s. In 2011, it bested all-time winningest Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter (even if it did think Toronto was a city in the United States). Today, IBM Watson is using its cognitive computer powers in business for everything from determining which of a company’s […]

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