Rules and policies that reduce responsibility are costly | Mike Cook

Filed on 27. May, 2015 in Contents

Rules and policies that reduce responsibility are costly | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer Last week I read a piece in the HR Examiner that hit on one of my favorite topics, plus it was so juicy that I wished I had written it. If you are a manager or small business owner I strongly recommend the free subscription available to www.hrexaminer.com. Don’t be [...]

Inslee signs tougher oil train laws, says situation still unsafe

Filed on 26. May, 2015 in Features, News

Inslee signs tougher oil train laws, says situation still unsafe

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald OLYMPIA — Washington will hire more rail inspectors and let fire departments know ahead of time when train shipments of crude oil are coming though town under a new law signed Thursday. It also calls for more training of emergency responders, new analyses of risks posed by shipping oil on [...]

After 2 weeks, legislators still not negotiating a budget

Filed on 17. May, 2015 in News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA — You can call them budget talks or you can call them budget briefings. Just don’t call them negotiations. That’s not what the House and Senate are doing in the 30-day special session that crossed the halfway point this week. Democratic and Republican envoys from the caucuses in both chambers met [...]

Driver fined $550 for wreck that spilled millions of bees en route to Lynden

Filed on 14. May, 2015 in Features, News

Driver fined $550 for wreck that spilled millions of bees en route to Lynden

By Diana Hefley, Everett Herald writer  LYNNWOOD — It was a morning commute like no other. A semi-truck hauling more than 13 million honeybees overturned on I-5 near Lynnwood last month. As the sun rose higher and temperatures warmed the bees made it clear they weren’t happy about the unexpected stop. One Washington State Patrol trooper described the [...]

Managers must direct engagement, not create it | Mike Cook

Filed on 12. May, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Managers must direct engagement, not create it | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal When a wife yells at her husband who has his eyes glued to his desktop screen, “You are not listening to me!” she is dead on; he’s not. But does that mean he’s not engaged? Actually, he is very engaged…with what is in front of him on [...]

How to save for retirement when it seems like you can’t

Filed on 11. May, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

How to save for retirement when it seems like you can’t

By Nicole Burdick For the Bellingham Business Journal Most of us have been there: You may be fresh out of college, in between jobs, raising a family on one income or simply in a situation where you don’t have a lot of money at the end of the month. Here are five tips that may [...]

Scuttlebutt owner named Everett entrepreneur of the year

Filed on 08. May, 2015 in Features, News

Scuttlebutt owner named Everett entrepreneur of the year

By Jennifer Sasseen For The Everett Herald Business Journal Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. owner Phil Bannan Sr., the Everett Herald Business Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year, is a man known for his capability at the helm. He’s been a Port of Everett commissioner as well as executive director of the Port of Everett. He was also [...]

Snohomish County train watch group counts increase in coal, decrease in oil

Filed on 30. Apr, 2015 in Features, News

Snohomish County train watch group counts increase in coal, decrease in oil

By Noah Haglund Everett Herald writer EVERETT — More coal, less oil. That’s what a group of volunteers saw last week when they kept a round-the-clock vigil on the railroad tracks running through Snohomish County. They counted 29 coal trains and 12 crude-oil trains. That compares to 24 coal trains and 16 crude-oil trains last year. [...]

Unfinished in Olympia: budget, transportation, pay raises, pot

Filed on 27. Apr, 2015 in Contents, News

By Jerry Cornfield (Everett) Herald Writer OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are returning Wednesday for a special session with pretty much the same to-do list they had when they arrived in January for the 2015 regular session. Their top task, and one that’s stymied them for weeks, is passing a new budget before July 1 to keep state government operating for [...]

Negative emotions affect performance in the workplace | Mike Cook

Filed on 27. Apr, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Negative emotions affect performance in the workplace | Mike Cook

Yesterday I was working by telephone with a young man who is a coaching client.  In my opinion he is a uniquely talented manager; he’s rare in that he has a keen sense of what it takes to develop a staff that can function well or better without him. Most of my clients these days [...]

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