Let’s talk about accountability

Filed on 23. Apr, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Within the past two weeks no less than four members of my peer advisory group of local business owners have approached me with a question about accountability. The questions range from “Do people just not want to be accountable?” to “How do I make sure my employees [...]

Stop making excuses for hanging on to bad employees

Filed on 09. Apr, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “Being a terrible employee doesn’t mean that you’re bad, lazy, or even unable to succeed professionally. You could be a bad culture fit for the company. Your disposition may not jibe with your boss’ style. Maybe you’re just in the wrong industry.” —Richard Feloni, Áine Cain and [...]

You think you’re working smarter — but are you really?

Filed on 19. Mar, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Business Journal In previous posts I may have mentioned that a long time ago, when I still had both hair and a waistline, I had a corporate position for a little over eight years. By all accounts the organization where I worked, a major petroleum company, was among the best [...]

Tips for financing your small business

Filed on 12. Mar, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Tips for financing your small business

By Adam Lervik For The Bellingham Business Journal From multi-generational farms to craft breweries, small businesses form the backbone of Whatcom County. When you walk down the street in our communities, locally owned businesses continue to outnumber national brands. As a commercial banker at Peoples Bank and a lifelong resident of Whatcom County, it’s rewarding [...]

How to turn a disappointing conversation with a colleague into a win

Filed on 26. Feb, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal I was working with a young manager I have been coaching who had just delivered a tough review to one of his direct reports. In reflecting on how his session had gone he mentioned that the employee’s last manager had stopped by recently and apologized for not [...]

What might you be doing to drive good employees away?

Filed on 05. Feb, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal If you happen to follow my twice weekly postings on LinkedIn, you’ll notice a common thread throughout most of my writings, especially those written to get the attention of employers. Much of the time I am addressing a single key issue in hopes of shifting attention to [...]

Know your numbers, know your business

Filed on 28. Jan, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Eric Grimstead For The Bellingham Business Journal If you have ever watched CNBC’s “The Profit” you likely have heard serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis admonish business owners with those words. While reviewing financial statements may not be your favorite thing to do, it’s important to keep a close eye on the financial drivers that can [...]

Why the blood moon reminded me of management

Filed on 22. Jan, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Sunday night my wife and I sought out a nice open field here in Anacortes and were gifted with a totally cloudless sky to witness the blood moon clearly. As we were watching the earth block out the sun from the moon’s surface, I was reminded of [...]

What engages employees may be a surprise

Filed on 08. Jan, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal In the past several years much has been written on the topic and value of employee engagement. There are engagement surveys you can purchase, statistics you can review, consultants to hire and books to read, by the bushels. In my view engagement is a worthwhile topic but [...]

Boost engagement by encouraging your employees to become storytellers

Filed on 18. Dec, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook From the time I began playing golf at age 11 until he stopped playing in his mid 70s, many of my most memorable moments with my father took place on a golf course. Summer afternoons in Michigan, dry breezes blowing, flat landscapes and lots and lots of trees. Neither my father nor [...]

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