Choose to engage with your work, no matter the job

Filed on 16. Oct, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Love what you do, do what you love, blah, blah, blah. We all know there is an issue with employee engagement here in the United States, and my guess is we’d find the same factual information around the world if we looked. The truth is, engagement is [...]

Should you pay off debt or save for retirement?

Filed on 09. Oct, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal “Should I pay off debt or save for retirement?” That question is not easily answered. I’ve thought about my answer for a long time, and I believe you should never stop saving for retirement unless you are in financial crisis. Yes, it feels bad to have debt. [...]

Addressing suffering in your place of business

Filed on 11. Sep, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal In early 1993 a friend recommended a book to me. He knew that my professional work mission was to do whatever I could to help business owners, managers and employees take the suffering out of the workplace. My friend also knew that what I was about often [...]

Navigating the Whatcom County real estate market

Filed on 27. Aug, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Navigating the Whatcom County real estate market

By Steve Gray For The Bellingham Business Journal When I moved to Bellingham more than 30 years ago to attend Western Washington University, I knew that I would settle down here. Drawn to the outdoors lifestyle, easy access to vibrant cities and overall high quality of life, I’ve since raised my family in this community. [...]

Handling substance abuse in the work place

Filed on 21. Aug, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Where to start with a piece like this? While what follow is personal, I mean for there to be a carryover into the workplace and offer a bit of personal wisdom learned from experience — my own and my family’s. About four weeks ago my mother passed [...]

Get ready to cede control if you want employees to take on more leadership

Filed on 31. Jul, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal It must be very complex — leadership, that is. It must be, or why would Amazon currently carry nearly 382,000 titles containing the word leadership? A quick Google query on the word “leadership” gives a response of more than 143,000,000 entries. I smell a rat and I [...]

Hostile communication is on the rise, watch out for it at your workplace

Filed on 17. Jul, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal You may have noticed that in recent years public discourse has become increasingly violent. I am not simply talking about the time frame since the 2016 elections. The tone of public discourse has taken a severe turn towards the violent ever since we weaponized and normalized the [...]

A successful business with no help? There is no such thing.

Filed on 03. Jul, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal One of the things about the business culture in the U.S. that has bothered me for years is what is probably best called “the cult of personality” or the “legend of the self-made whatever.” Books abound that speak to the philosophy of so-and-so, the habits of the [...]

Five tips for staying on top of cybersecurity at your business

Filed on 26. Jun, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Five tips for staying on top of cybersecurity at your business

By Jim Ostendorff  For The Bellingham Business Journal Nearly three years ago, I started a cybersecurity program at Peoples Bank. The bank was looking to take its security measures to the next level, and I jumped at the chance to lead this effort — even though, I must admit, it was a daunting assignment at the [...]

Reflections on fathers, goodness and the better angels of our nature

Filed on 19. Jun, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal On Father’s Day, I was sitting at my dining room table reflecting on my own need for comfort in the midst of the turmoil that has afflicted our nation over the past couple of years. In some ways I have begun to think the better angels of [...]

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