Promoting managers: a critical role that most companies get wrong

Filed on 14. Nov, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Do you manage, ever thought about being a manager — I mean as a choice of profession, not as an accident? All too often I fear that managers “wound up” or “ended up” in that position without a great deal of forethought, simply because where they worked [...]

Tips on leading effectively, authentically

Filed on 31. Oct, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Tips on leading effectively, authentically

By Lisa Hefter For The Bellingham Business Journal I’ve been hearing and reading more and more about the concept of “authentic leadership” lately. I view this as a good sign, because it suggests that leaders are being held to more constructive and effective standards of leadership, and that the criteria for how leaders are evaluated [...]

Are you the one keeping your employees from being engaged at work?

Filed on 24. Oct, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” — Upton Sinclair Assuming that we are all in agreement that engaged employees are preferable to ones who are not, let’s take a brief look at actions we [...]

Start saving now for retirement, other long-term investments

Filed on 17. Oct, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal The initial process to begin saving for retirement, college, or general investing for wealth down the road can seem overwhelming and arduous. Many people just don’t know where to start so they avoid the process altogether. Later they look back, wishing they would have started earlier or [...]

There is no professional growth without personal growth

Filed on 10. Oct, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Maybe the toughest part about being an organizational consultant for more than 30 years was having business owners or leaders recognize and accept that if there was a problem in their business they had some responsibility for it. The second toughest part was having these same business [...]

It’s time to stop tolerating behavior among managers that sink employee engagement

Filed on 27. Sep, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook  For The Bellingham Business Journal This year — and in fact every year — there will be innumerable gatherings of professionals in conference after conference addressing practices to elevate employee engagement. HR pros will talk to each other. Engagement pros will talk to each other, and while they are all away they’ll [...]

Beyond financial aid: some strategies for paying for college

Filed on 26. Sep, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mark Wallace For The Bellingham Business Journal You sent your kid(s) off to college. Now how are you going to pay for it While you are paying your rent or a home mortgage, paying your household bills and trying to save for retirement, the additional cost to send your kids to college seems unsurmountable. [...]

What ‘The Big Lebowski’ can teach us about employing millennials

Filed on 12. Sep, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

What ‘The Big Lebowski’ can teach us about employing millennials

By Mike Cook  For The Bellingham Business Journal A conversation I had recently with my just-turned 30-year-old son prompted today’s writing. He is a millennial, and has all the traits that I hear so many business owners complain about. He has changed jobs four times in the six years since he left college. He wants [...]

How to help your managers develop themselves

Filed on 23. Aug, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

How to help your managers develop themselves

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Among the many concerns of employers these days is finding the right people for their organization. Right behind that is a virtually equal concern for keeping those good people once they are found. If you are running a business of any size, I mean anything over about [...]

Respect your employees, don’t make assumptions

Filed on 08. Aug, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Respect your employees, don’t make assumptions

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal  “Respect … is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.” –Annie Gottlieb Some years back I was approached by the CEO of an independent telephone company regarding a challenge he said he was experiencing motivating certain [...]

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