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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I admit to being a self absorbed baby boomer but at least I admit the responsibility my generation has for the mess we are in. I don’t agree with some of the points made in this article but it raises interesting points and challenges us to consider what we are personally willing to do to get our country and economy back on the right track. 
 
Read More Article: The Least We Can Do 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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