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Dream vs Goal: The Benefits of Goal Setting — Four Key Steps to Meeting Your Goals

In business, and in life, a lack of goals leads to sloppy work. Likewise, goals that are unattainable, poorly thought out or misaligned have the impact of demotivating people or causing people to not trust the process.

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Tips for Managing Your Retirement Money Amid the Pandemic

Do you have questions about how to handle your retirement strategy in light of the coronavirus pandemic? I sat down with Roop Raj of Fox 2 Detroit to discuss specific tips related to managing your finances for retirement.

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How to Make Core Values Matter at Your Organization

I’ve learned that when you effectively and consistently communicate your core values, and tie your core values to employees’ everyday work, they really can drive bottom line results for your business. That’s why core values matter.

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Smokers pay at least double for life insurance, but you can expect lower rates if you decide to quit

If you’re a smoker, life insurance premiums will be significantly higher than for non-smokers. I shared some insights with Ronda Lee of Business Insider, including policy options for those in the process of quitting.

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You can buy life insurance on your parents, but you’ll need their permission to do it

Life insurance (and mortality) can be difficult to discuss, but if you have an insurable interest in your parents, it might be time to have that conversation. I spoke with Ronda Lee of Business Insider about how to approach this issue.

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Compensation That Pays: Encouraging Performance by Rewarding Employees

Rewards and recognition are like religion. If you practice your beliefs once or twice a year, it doesn’t impact your behavior. It’s the same with reward systems for employees. If the only raise your employees receive is tied to company performance metrics that are reported on once a year, you’ve done nothing but mask a cost-of-living adjustment in merit-based pay.

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Refinancing—or Paying Off—a Mortgage? Questions to Ask Yourself

Wondering how home mortgage payment decisions factor into your larger financial strategies? I was able to share my perspective with Cheryl Winokur Munk of the Wall Street Journal — read the article here.

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Group life insurance through your job is probably the cheapest coverage you can get, but it’s not a perfect solution

I had a chance recently to talk with Ronda Lee of Business Insider about the pros and cons of group life insurance.

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Mentoring: Successful People Ask for It

A mentor is someone who shortens your professional learning curve by sharing advice based on their experience facing situations you are facing or will face down the road. The right mentor can help you become a seasoned leader, faster.

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Customer Experience Management: Why It Matters for Your Brand

People often forget about the experience a customer has with their brand or business after they’ve left the office or completed a sale. But acquisition is just the beginning. Successful businesses keep in touch with their customers and continue to provide value after the first transaction is over.

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