Report paints sobering picture of US economy

There is a new must-read report from McKinsey entitled “Unequal America: Ten insights on the state of economic opportunity.” The findings come from an online survey conducted by Ipsos of 25,000 Americans in the spring of 2021.

Your 7-step plan for creating chaos in your family business

Most business owners know that proper succession planning can help keep their business running strong into the next generation.

Vacation rentals: Before you invest, know the risks

The vacation-rental boom spawned by Airbnb and similar services is undeniable, and there is seemingly no end in sight.

Developing your salesperson

Which of these issues are worrying you these days?

Five essential economic development lessons

Oracle announced in April it is bringing 8,500 jobs at an average salary of $110,000 to central city Nashville.

There is something for everyone in West Michigan

The other day I met someone and we exchanged conversational pleasantries. As is the norm, our conversation meandered to discuss our origins. “Are you from West Michigan?” this person asked me. My answer: “I am now.”

Buyer beware in hot housing market

Real estate in Michigan is a “seller’s market” this spring, which is all the more reason for buyers to proceed with caution.

Financial literacy vital to long-term success

About two-thirds of Americans lack financial literacy — a concept that if understood and applied can change the course of one’s future — according to FINRA’s most recent National Financial Capability Study.

End of times? It’s debatable

A couple of months ago, PRWeek published a column by Ian Bruce of Forrester Research titled, Why Traditional PR is Dying.

Four (tempting) behaviors to avoid when saving for retirement

To err is human, but you can sidestep some of the most common mistakes people make in saving for retirement by avoiding these four oh-so-tempting behaviors.

Pentagon’s demands hinder COVID-19 response

The past year has been incredibly difficult for our country.

Fielding a directable sales force

Not long ago I was speaking at a national sales meeting for a large regional distributor.

State needs economy that benefits all

The Michigan Association of United Ways recently reported that in Michigan's strong pre-pandemic (2019) economy, 38% of the state’s households were unable to pay for basic necessities.

What the new administration’s tax reform may mean for you

As with any new administration, experts are speculating about what President Biden’s proposed tax law changes may be — and what they may mean for you.

Addressing academic and social-emotional learning loss this summer

I wear three hats: I am a mother. I am the chief marketing officer for the American Camp Association (ACA), a national nonprofit serving the 15,000 summer camps in the U.S., which normally serve 26 million campers each year.

3 tips to building more trust in your team

After interviewing leaders for my most recent book, one leader’s answer to the question, “How do you know people are telling you the truth?” has stayed with me, because it’s so simple.

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.

To defeat a foe like Parkinson’s, we must expose its secrets

Last year, the Parkinson’s and scientific communities were surprised to learn that at least three people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, had exhibited Parkinson’s-like symptoms after infection.

Keep Line 5 open, build the Great Lakes Tunnel

As we have now passed the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's an understatement to say that Michigan small businesses have been hit hard.

A financial transaction tax would hurt Main Street

Following the recent GameStop trading frenzy, Congress is finally taking steps toward a long-overdue reckoning on Wall Street.