Matters Column

A weekly column on matters concerning legal, money, small business, family business and people issues.

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Listen for hidden meanings in business communications

August 15, 2014
Listen closely to what someone is saying to you. It can be costly if you are not paying attention. Read More

Successful leadership transitions: traps to avoid, tips for success

August 8, 2014
It’s never easy to step into a leadership role from outside an organization. Read More

Surgery morning: It's good to see a doctor in the house

August 1, 2014
Three weeks ago it hit me that, when being wheeled down a hallway toward surgery, you sure as hell hope your surgeon isn't worrying about lawsuits. Read More

A strong set of values will drive the best decisions

July 25, 2014
Most successful individuals establish basic tenants for their lives, rules they use to hold themselves accountable for their own actions. Read More

Tax planning: It doesn’t deserve a yellow card from Washington

July 18, 2014
The recent FIFA World Cup soccer competition kept many of us glued to the television. Read More

The dilemma of choosing how to allocate your time

July 11, 2014
PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi has stated you cannot have it all. That is a classic BFO — a blinding flash of the obvious. Read More

Made in Michigan: Case produces fruitful holding for business owners

July 4, 2014
As the material participation debate continues to ripen, taxpayers and tax professionals are provided with the sweet taste of clarity surrounding the question of whether a trust may materially participate in a trade or business. Read More

An American football team, by any other name …

June 27, 2014
At Kentwood’s Meadowlawn Elementary School in the 1960s, my friends and I would boast about things we thought made us "better" than each other. Read More

Do our ‘alphas’ or our ‘omegas’ initiate needed change?

June 20, 2014
Why is it that people think starting over means repeating everything they originally did while expecting different results than those initiating the “re-do”? Read More

U.S. taxes its citizens on worldwide income (and other fun facts)

June 13, 2014
The Internal Revenue Service just released its statistics on income data for the 2011 individual tax filing season. Read More