Contributors
Founder and Chair – LMFC
Vice Chair – LMFC
President and CEO – The Bank of Northern Michigan
SVP of Shared Services - LMFC
Senior Vice President, Traverse City Market Manager

Hear from the founder of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, Rich Lievense, and his insight on what this blog encompasses.

A few years ago, our company started to implement an Employee Wellness Program.  We had a number of employees request a plan and we contracted with an outside provider.  It has been a wonderful success with excellent participation.  This article gives you some background information to help you decide if this is right for your company. 

Read More Article "What's the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs?" from the Harvard Business Review.

Like many of our clients, we are fully engaged in our annual strategic planning process.  A recent article in the Harvard Business Review titled "Stress Test Your Strategy" provides a way common sense approach to logic checking your work.  We find our best business clients do have very clear strategies in place that help guide them through today's many challenges.

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Some small businesses are struggling to obtain financing but many would also tell you that is the least of their problems. They are focused on increasing and rebuilding their sales. Those who survive the recession will be stronger for it and lead the economy in a sustainable way. Out of adversity comes opportunity. 
 
Read More Article: The Bright Side from The Atlantic.
People often confuse leadership and management. Mr. Komisar believes management is a supervisory role of setting priorities, allocating resources, and directing the execution of a company. Leadership is more forward thinking and more about enabling the organization by empowering individuals, developing the right people, strategically thinking about opportunities, and driving alignment in the company. What is your role in your business and which better describes you? To which do you aspire?
 
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