Planning, valuation could have saved Franklin’s heirs $20mil

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” passed away last month in her birthplace of Detroit after six decades reigning the music industry. The first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ms. Franklin leaves behind legendary hits and performances and a legacy many entertainers only dream of achieving. What she didn’t leave […]

Are you ‘more dumber’ than your smartphone?

Chances are, you love your smartphone. No. I mean: You really love your smartphone. MRI studies show that when we hold our smartphones, we almost feel as though they’re holding us back. Our brains produce a veritable love potion of chemicals – namely dopamine and oxytocin, the same chemicals released during cuddling. I guess that […]

Hurricane preparedness: Better to be safe than sorry

Don’t let the fact that fall is right around the corner fool you into thinking that hurricane season is over. There’s still quite a bit of time left until the end of November – and current systems in the Atlantic are looking ominous. Hurricane Florence continues to strengthen and is predicted to make landfall somewhere […]

Don’t risk it: Get familiar with investment strategy

There are many ways to invest your hard-earned money, but the goal is always the same: to grow your wealth. But a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the AICPA found that many Americans are embracing high-risk strategies that put their savings in jeopardy while doing minimal, if any, financial research upfront. […]

What college football can teach you about project management

Football is the most popular sport in America, and according to a recent Gallup survey, more than half of us are college football fans. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Americans love football. It brings us together as much as it tests our rivalries. We tailgate, paint our faces and crowd into stadiums and onto […]

The secret about change almost no one knows

If you search Amazon’s selection of books for “change,” you get over 50,000 entries. Some are about dealing with change. Others are about driving change, managing change or learning how to change. They are self-help books and management manifestos. And all of them trade on one undeniable and human fact: change stimulates and sometimes frightens […]

7 ways to beat back-to-school stress

It’s the hottest part of the summer, and my kids are out of control. They’d sleep ‘til noon and stay up ‘til after midnight if I let them. While attempting to wake the youngest for camp this week, I daydreamed about our efficient school year morning routine. Just then, I couldn’t remember when my kids […]

5 lessons learned from the closing of a historic candy company

NECCO Wafers are one of America’s most historic candies. Union soldiers carried them in the Civil War. Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan stocked them on his voyage to northern Greenland in 1913. The United States Army issued them to GIs in World War II. Generations of kids begged their parents for them at gas stations and […]

Taming your to-do list

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” ~Peter Drucker Two things trip up most leaders’ attempts at managing their time. The first is the fact that the best systems and best intentions quickly run into dynamics in the real world: You’ll get interrupted, there will be an unforeseen obstacle or crisis, you’ll […]

5 podcasts for your summer road trip

Taking a family road trip is one of the rites of passage that we all go through during summer. The kids have their iPads and books, the dog has his bone, and that just leaves the adults to find ways to make the long hours go faster. You can either click the radio buttons a […]