Run your strategic-planning meetings like they really matter

Many businesses struggle to turn abstract strategic planning ideas into concrete, actionable plans. One reason is simple: ineffective meetings. A good way to get started running better ones is to involve everyone in the agenda-setting process. Also, encourage meeting leaders to speak with conviction and express positivity (if not passion) for the subject matter. To…

M&A transactions: Avoid surprises from the IRS

If you’re in the process of a merger or acquisition, it’s important that both parties report the transaction to the IRS in the same way. Otherwise, you could increase your chances of being audited. If a sale involves business assets (as opposed to stock or ownership interests), the buyer and the seller must generally report…

Grading the performance of your company’s retirement plan

Imagine giving your retirement plan a report card. Is it a straight-A student or could it use some help after school? Many plan sponsors track common metrics such as benchmarked fees, participation rates and average deferral rates. But don’t stop there. A sometimes-overlooked measure is average account balance size. Knowing your plan’s asset growth rate…