‘Til Death Do Us Part

Alex and Brad, both in their mid-40s, had just celebrated the 10th anniversary of their market consulting business. The next morning, Brad suffered a heart attack and died. Alex suddenly lost his long-time business associate. What's more, after the estate was settled, he found...

Collaboration: Still the Region’s Competitive Asset?

Collaboration is a tool with power to move agendas. It has been the hallmark of this region, a place where scarce resources made it necessary to work together to get things done. Seeing the water along West Bay instead of factories is the result of...

Book Review: “Boring Meetings Suck” by Jon Petz

Before I picked up Jon Petz's "Boring Meetings Suck," there was still part of me that was still resigned to the fact that meetings were something to be tolerated, regardless of their structure or end result. Wrong. Petz's book draws a distinct line in the...

The Donald

ACME - Last summer Donald Ponniah left his job as general manager of Hilton Los Angeles North to come to the orchard-dotted hamlet of Acme, just outside of Traverse City, and take over as president and general manager of the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa....

Business transition from the passenger seat

Every business transition has two sides: those who are staying, and those who are moving on. Often the transition has contractual requirements that help determine the future state of the company in order to assure stability and growth for all parties involved. But what can't...

Ten reasons to work with a head hunter

The most important aspect of growing a successful business is hiring great employees, yet where do you find amazing people? The hiring process can be lengthy and usually takes quite a bit of time and effort and, in the end, is not an exact science....

Shred it, burn it, erase it, or face the consequences

Nearly 10 million people were victims of identity theft last year, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). To curb this problem, the FTC, as part of its jurisdiction under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), recently issued a new rule on the...