Column | What does a strong dollar mean for investors?

Filed on 02. Aug, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Column | What does a strong dollar mean for investors?

By Patrick Swesey For the Bellingham Business Journal A “strong dollar” sounds like a good thing. And, in some ways, it may be. But what does it mean to you as an investor? Before you can answer this question, you need to be familiar with what the phrase “strong dollar” really means. The worth of [...]

It’s time to stop thinking about vacation time as a benefit | Mike Cook

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

It’s time to stop thinking about vacation time as a benefit | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal Recently I was speaking with a neighbor, a younger person, who was talking about his feelings of needing to take some time off work. “So why not just schedule some time in the next month,” I asked. I was taken back by his response. “Well, I [...]

Viewpoint: Washington winegrowers should pay attention to China

Filed on 19. Jul, 2015 in Contributors

Viewpoint: Washington winegrowers should pay attention to China

By Don C. Brunell  President, Association of Washington Business There was a time when wine connoisseurs looked with distain on wines produced in the United States. Then, when California wines gained popularity, those made in Washington were viewed with skepticism. Wines fermented in Chile, Argentina and Australia were dismissed for years before finally being stocked on [...]

Courage is key to unlocking social power in your organization | Column

Filed on 13. Jul, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Courage is key to unlocking social power in your organization | Column

There is a power source available in your organization that is likely not visible to you. It is hidden right in front of you — a naturally occurring power source that is quite often unrecognized by everyone in the organization, not just you. By virtue of the inherited tone of most working environments this power [...]

Somehow the workplace suffering seems free of cost | Mike Cook

Filed on 29. Jun, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Somehow the workplace suffering seems free of cost | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal Pain, as experienced in the workplace, is something most of us learn to accept. Pain comes from misunderstanding, an inadvertent action interpreted as disrespect, a request denied, a promise broken and not accounted for. These events will all inevitably occur. We learn that pain is a [...]

Obstacles to engagement: everything counts | Mike Cook

Filed on 15. Jun, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Obstacles to engagement: everything counts | Mike Cook

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 [...]

Socially-responsible investing: the good, the bad and the green

Filed on 08. Jun, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Socially-responsible investing: the good, the bad and the green

By W. Devin Wolf Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal These days, socially responsible investing, or SRI for short, is a popular practice among investors who consider themselves socially conscious, and who want to believe their money can do more than just increase the value of their own portfolio. And in theory, this seems like [...]

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 [...]

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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