May 2020 Issue
Top Sellers: These realtors moved more real estate than anyone in the five-county region in 2019
Big questions await northern Michigan’s biggest real estate sellers in 2020 and beyond. Has the decade-long sales boom ended? Will the region be protected, inside an economic bubble? Nobody knows, but what is established is that these realtors had record-breaking numbers in 2019. Certainly some familiar names are at the very top again this year, but this top 25 list also includes some new faces that closed some major transactions last year.
Editor’s note: This is the fifth year the TCBN has published this ranking. For the first four years we utilized BrokerMetrics data; this year we publish the official …
Book Review: Atomic Habits
Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results - An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.
By James Clear; published by Avery Publishing Group, October 16, 2019. 320 pages. Hardcover $27
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
In a nutshell: Author James Clear combines behavioral science and relatable stories to clarify why most of us struggle with bad habits and lack the practical tools to build better ones.
Who is it for? For …
'Business Has Dramatically Changed': Munson furloughs staff, freezes capital spending
Munson Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Ed Ness is navigating unchartered waters as he steers the nine-hospital system through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“From a health and business prospective, this is something we haven’t experienced before,” he said. “In the short term, the business has dramatically changed.”
But Ness also is planning for longer-term changes in Munson’s business model. Among them are a fundamental shift to telemedicine, operational restructurings to keep Munson’s smaller hospitals afloat and changes …
Our Finest Hour: The power of recognizing emerging values during a crisis
Fifty years ago we first heard the words, “Houston, we've had a problem,” during the Apollo 13 crisis. Many of us are looking at our industries and our world during the COVID-19 pandemic and feeling that same sentiment.
But I also remember another legendary line spoken by NASA flight director Gene Kranz during that same event in 1970. Upon assessing the enormous obstacles in bringing three astronauts safely back to Earth after an explosion aboard …
Creative Thinking: Leveraging area's arts/creativity sector is key in recovery
We are confronting a much different business environment than we anticipated at the beginning of 2020. Our local economy was operating at near full capacity and our leading challenge was a tight labor market. The landscape has changed dramatically, as we now confront shuttered businesses and massive unemployment. It is …
Heroes Don’t Wear Capes
Heroes don’t wear capes, they wear scrubs, business suits, dresses, overalls, khakis and blue jeans.
As the COVID-19 virus moves across the world and spreads in the Grand Traverse region, I am witnessing our community rising with heart, determination and collaboration to meet this immense challenge.
As a member of …