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...

Making It In NM: TC lab doing its part to fight coronavirus

The 60 employees at Traverse City-based American Proficiency Institute are battling the coronavirus pandemic on three fronts: lab performance, finding a test and detecting antibodies. The institute's clinical proficiency testing programs are approved by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission...

Kick in the Teeth: How COVID-19 is hitting the local dental community

(Pictured top l-r: Rathke, Madion, Bergsma. Bottom: Crouch) In March, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order requiring all “non-essential medical and dental procedures” to cease. Prior to that, the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) had issued recommendations for dental professionals throughout the...

Lean thinking helps companies react to COVID-19 needs

Some regional companies are shifting gears during the COVID-19 shutdown. Lean operating skills are helping with that shift. “Lean definitely helps during challenging times like these,” said Richard Wolin, the regional vice president and director of northern lower Michigan operations for the MMTC and the director...

Filling the Gap: NMC doubles down on career readiness

A common complaint about higher education is that students are not adequately prepared for the workforce. Last fall, Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) decided it needed to up its game for student job application readiness. That decision led to an alliance with Northwest Michigan Works! (NMW), a...