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Time to polish up your public-speaking skills | Contributor

Filed on 03. Jun, 2014 in Contributors

Time to polish up your public-speaking skills | Contributor

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal “Hey, can you give a 45-minute presentation to our group next week?” That simple question can make otherwise poised and polished business professionals shake in their shoes. I can relate, because I have been one of those shoe-shakers. Does the thought speaking in front of a [...]

“Heartbleed” and your Web password security | Contributor

Filed on 02. Jun, 2014 in Contributors

“Heartbleed” and your Web password security | Contributor

By Mike Sullivan Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal With recent news regarding the Internet security issue known as the “Heartbleed” bug, business owners should know how it might be impact them and what they should do to protect themselves. The Heartbleed bug relates to a security vulnerability in a component of recent versions of [...]

Showing leadership through employee engagement | Contributor

Filed on 27. May, 2014 in Contributors

Showing leadership through employee engagement | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal A short time ago, while leading a workshop, I was asked the following question by someone who sounded like an experienced manager: “What do I do with an obviously talented report who just doesn’t seem committed to the work he has been assigned?” Following the question, [...]

Boeing’s new mantra: incremental tech development

Filed on 26. May, 2014 in News

By Dan Catchpole The (Everett) Daily Herald Boeing Co. CEO Jim McNerney has a new religion on airplane development: Steadily deliver incremental innovation rather than bank on “moon shots,” such as the 707 and 787. On Boeing’s annual investor conference webcast on Wednesday, March 21, top executives emphasized company-wide efforts to cut costs, minimize risk [...]

Washington’s 777X tax breaks could be challenged by EU

Filed on 22. May, 2014 in News

By Dan Catchpole The (Everett) Daily Herald European Union officials are considering challenging tax breaks passed by Washington last November to encourage the Boeing Co. to assemble the new 777X jetliner here, Reuters reports. The challenge would be the latest in a decade-old trade dispute between the EU and U.S. over aid for the aerospace industry. Each side [...]

FDA rule threatens grain sharing between brewers, farmers

Filed on 14. May, 2014 in News

By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald What beer makers don’t want, farmers do. It’s those soggy used-up grains, a by-product of the brewing process, that farmers relish as feed for their livestock. Brewers give the grain away to those willing to pick it up. This practice, considered sustainable and environmentally responsible, has gone on [...]

Responsibility and compliance: Two sides, different coins | Contributor

Filed on 13. May, 2014 in Contributors

Responsibility and compliance: Two sides, different coins | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  For many years I have begun all my management development initiatives with the admonition to anyone in the room that their success as a manager would have an upper limit. That limit would be determined by the cumulative emotional intelligence of whatever group of employees they [...]

Facebook marketing: It’s not what it used to be | Contributor

Filed on 07. May, 2014 in Contributors

Facebook marketing: It’s not what it used to be | Contributor

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Did you know that today only about 6-12 percent of the people who “like” your Facebook page will see the information you post? That number is expected to decline further in the coming months unless you pay for posts to reach more people. How can that [...]

Boeing got huge tax breaks, state got no job guarantees

Filed on 06. May, 2014 in News

By Dan Catchpole and Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald When Washington lawmakers rushed to extend a monster tax break to Boeing Co. for the 777X, a few argued in vain for assurances the aerospace giant wouldn’t ax engineering jobs in the process. Democratic lawmakers wanted provisions to stem the flow of billions of dollars in savings to [...]

Whidbey Island, Heritage banks merge, but changes will be slow

Filed on 04. May, 2014 in News

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal Customers probably won’t notice many changes immediately after Whidbey Island and Heritage banks merge. Shareholders for the banks overwhelmingly approved the deal in April at meetings in Oak Harbor and Olympia. The merger was to take place by May 1. “Two strong banks coming together and continuing to [...]

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