August 31st, 2015

Ramifications of IRS Policy Changes on R&D Tax Credits

In this article by Peter Mehta regarding research credit audits, the author shares and concisely presents both the new IRS LBI  directives related to Information Document Requests (IDR's) on  Large Business and International (LB&I) audits as w

Sharing with 25 Executives
August 26th, 2015

Sharing with 25 Executives: What You Can Learn Too

Last Friday I had the pleasure of addressing 25 executives in the Twin Cities regarding conflict resolution associated with my book coming out this fall entitled Peaceful Resolutions.

An Eye Towards the Future
August 19th, 2015

An Eye Towards the Future

Today it was my distinct pleasure to attend a 90 minute session with futurist Jack Uldrich at EBITDA Partner’s. I was inspired enough with what I heard I wanted to write it down and I want to share with you some of the comments that I thought were particularly useful.

An image of clouds.
August 17th, 2015

Negotiations: International, Technology, Powerful Parties and Training

What do all of these have in common? In the last four days I have offered articles on negotiations at my other blog at ManagingResolutions.org on these topics.

Doors of the Treasury
August 12th, 2015

Potential U.S. Treasury Regulations on Discounts and Practitioner Concerns

I have received several inquiries over the past two weeks regarding potential changes in Treasury Regulations associated with the elimination of discounts associated with Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs) and family controlled businesses.

Bad bosses.
August 10th, 2015

People Leave Firms Due to Bad Bosses

In an article entitled “Don’t Be the Reason People Leave Your Company” from Entrepreneur Magazine Peter Diamond spells out that most people leave companies because they do not like their boss or they have lost faith in senior management.

Differentiated Potatoes
August 7th, 2015

Marketing: How Do You Differentiate Yourself?

Yesterday I ate lunch with Rod Burkert. He has launched a joint effort with Mel Abraham to help business appraisers better market themselves and their firms through Practice Builder Academy.

What makes you happy
August 5th, 2015

Discover What Makes You Happy and Why

Having been in business for myself now for four years, my wife shares with others that "Mike doesn't really work he just has fun." So much in life has to do with how we approach life and addressing what makes us happy. Yesterday I was pleased to make two presentations at Hamline University in St. Paul and one presentation with BV Resources via a webinar.

July 30th, 2015

IRS Reaction to Practitioner Comments

Yesterday I had an opportunity to speak to the IRS on two fronts. One was a call from the IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) based on a suggestion and concern I raised with the IRS about a year ago and the other was a sit down discussion with a group of IRS front line specialist managers regarding practitioner concerns when working with the IRS.

July 28th, 2015

Lessons Learned on European Tour

Over the last 15 days I have been to Europe on a "VE Tour" with Wartburg College. The picture above is from Wartburg Castle where Martin Luther translated the Bible into common German while hiding with a price on his heard.

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