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 [...]

Learning to manage your millennial employees

Filed on 05. Jun, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Learning to manage your millennial employees

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal There is a lot of material out there that “tells us how it is” with generational differences. Thank goodness, because without this information we wouldn’t know how to manage. I was talking to a client. He has a couple of folks on his executive team in their [...]

Key to business success: Learning from failure

Filed on 15. May, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal During my professional career as a management and performance coach I have worked with a wide variety of people at all levels in organizational life. Nurses, doctors, PhD scientists, CEOs of multi-billion-dollar corporations, first-line supervisors, front line employees, you name it, I have worked with them all. [...]

Curiosity: The overlooked quality necessary to get ahead in today’s world

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

By Mike Cook  For The Bellingham Business Journal I am not sure if it is unique to me or maybe a function of my 71 years, but I seem to be more able at this time in my life to accept my limitations. In discussing limitations, I am not referring to height or the fact [...]

These basic financial tips can help build wealth, regardless of your income

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

These basic financial tips can help build wealth, regardless of your income

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal Wealth is often associated with certain highly educated professions or inheritance. However, this isn’t necessarily true. Wealth is more closely related to behavior. I’ve worked with administrative professionals who have accumulated more wealth than doctors, and beneficiaries who’ve spent their inheritance in just a few short years. [...]

How employees can prepare themselves for any economic event

Filed on 10. Apr, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal The recent news of possible pending trade wars has been a source of uncertainty for all financial markets. Should it be a concern for us as individuals, especially individuals who depend on our employment to make a living and provide for our families? I say yes — [...]

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