The (big) difference between conversation and communication

Far too many people believe having the ability to converse is the same as being able to communicate. They believe that telling is equivalent...

The American Dream — possible for everyone?

A number of topics have come together to help shape this article. Maybe the best place to start is by setting the stage about...

Michigan’s no-fault insurance law and the out-of-state traveler

It is a Friday in mid-July, the type of summer day we dream about in February: sunshine, a cloudless sky, high-70 degree temperatures and...

Big changes are coming to Michigan’s garnishment laws

On Oct. 1, 2015, thanks to recent changes in the law, there will be several big changes to Michigan's periodic garnishment process. Some changes...

Ground leases can be effective tools for property owners, tenants

As national chains increasingly focus on Michigan as a destination, ground leasing is gaining in popularity — but landowners and tenants both need to...

Positives of gentrification outweigh the negatives

For years, I have said that Michigan cities, including Grand Rapids, need more gentrification and congestion. As most of you would expect, the pushback...

40 Under 40 Business Leaders knock it out of the park

To steal a phrase from the sports world, the lineup for the 2021 Grand Rapids Business Journal 40 Under 40 Business Leaders is loaded.

Hotel occupancy increases begs discussion of Calder Plaza possibilties

Business Journal reporting on the very good news of consecutive years of hotel occupancy increases — with the additional 800 rooms added by new...

The secret to attracting and retaining qualified employees

There is a shortage of qualified workers in West Michigan, yet unemployment remains at unacceptably high levels. Improvements in efficiency and productivity within all...

GRPS: a remarkable reversal of trends

Grand Rapids Public Schools last month announced a reversal of trends and, in fact, likely set a record to be matched among Michigan’s urban...

Private road or private nightmare?

Our country has thousands of miles of private roads. By “private,” I mean roads not owned or maintained by government that serve two or...

2030 District partnership demonstrates long-term economic growth impact

Grand Rapids has long been recognized for the number of public and private development partnerships contributing to the lifestyle and therefore the growth of...

The problem with ‘West Michigan Nice’

If you know anything about our Leading by DESIGN team, you know that we are huge fans of West Michigan. We believe West Michigan should develop into the hotbed of the best leaders in the country.

Analyzing your company financials: Don’t kill the messenger

What is reality? It is whatever you think it is. Your personality, value system, culture and exposure to varying concepts can distort your focus...

Changes to Michigan law could unravel restrictive covenants on real property

Changes to Michigan law that aim to clear up the issue of what property restrictions apply to a particular property could wind up producing...

Priorities for attracting and retaining young professionals

In a recent Business Journal story, Paul Isely, chair of economics at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business, commented, “I think we’ve...

Economic problems don’t always have economic solutions

In a recent New York Times article, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics Paul Krugman stated that “darkness is spreading over our society as evidenced...

40 Under Forty 2016 class breaking mold

Once again, it was my honor to serve as a judge to select the Business Journal’s 40 under Forty Class of 2016. Each year,...

City can’t fix the parking problem it created

Grand Rapids Business Journal has been reporting on and opining about the eventuality of an employer parking crisis downtown since 2012. At that time,...

Google’s career path sets dangerous precedent

Google, with much fanfare, recently announced “three new Google Career Certificates in the high-paying, high-growth career fields of Data Analytics, Project Management, and User Experience (UX) Design.

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