The challenge of leading the millennial generation | Mike Cook

Filed on 27. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Contributors

The challenge of leading the millennial generation | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer Last Friday afternoon I was fortunate enough to make time to attend the Western Washington University Business Summit, an annual event hosted by the College of Business and Economics. The topic for the afternoon was entrepreneurism and innovation and focused on a panel that included three local entrepreneurs and one [...]

What’s keeping you from marketing your business? Lack of time or lack of desire?

Filed on 08. Oct, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

What’s keeping you from marketing your business? Lack of time or lack of desire?

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer I often talk with clients about the need for time and desire when it comes to taking care of marketing tasks like social media, blogging and in-person networking. With enough time and desire, people of all ages can learn to do just about anything they set their mind to. They [...]

The high cost of strict employee schedules | Mike Cook

Filed on 16. Sep, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

The high cost of strict employee schedules | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal What is the return on investment with employee engagement? The truth is there is no real return on employee engagement. Engagement is the return on doing the right things and higher levels of engagement correspond with higher levels of profitability. Here’s a test: let’s say you [...]

Should you accept all LinkedIn requests? | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 08. Sep, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

Should you accept all LinkedIn requests? | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer There’s a spirited conversation on LinkedIn about how users decide whether to accept a connection request or not. The question that started the conversation was: How do you feel about receiving “I’d like to add you to my professional network” notifications? One group of respondents said they appreciate receiving any [...]

Creating a game at work invites engagement | Mike Cook

Filed on 02. Sep, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Creating a game at work invites engagement | Mike Cook

Sometimes when I use the term “game” in the same sentence with “business,” the response I get goes something like this: “You can’t make a game out of business. Business is serious.” After we talk about it, most people usually recognize that my idea of business as a game does make some sense. Business is [...]

Avoid the pitfalls of social media automation | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 29. Jul, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

Avoid the pitfalls of social media automation | Patti Rowlson

Do you post messages to Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram and click the button that automatically sends that same status update to Twitter? If so, you should know that those automated tweets may not represent your company in a positive manner and they may even generate negative PR. Take a look at the message shown below [...]

Time to polish up your public-speaking skills | Contributor

Filed on 03. Jun, 2014 in Contributors

Time to polish up your public-speaking skills | Contributor

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal “Hey, can you give a 45-minute presentation to our group next week?” That simple question can make otherwise poised and polished business professionals shake in their shoes. I can relate, because I have been one of those shoe-shakers. Does the thought speaking in front of a [...]

“Heartbleed” and your Web password security | Contributor

Filed on 02. Jun, 2014 in Contributors

“Heartbleed” and your Web password security | Contributor

By Mike Sullivan Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal With recent news regarding the Internet security issue known as the “Heartbleed” bug, business owners should know how it might be impact them and what they should do to protect themselves. The Heartbleed bug relates to a security vulnerability in a component of recent versions of [...]

Showing leadership through employee engagement | Contributor

Filed on 27. May, 2014 in Contributors

Showing leadership through employee engagement | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal A short time ago, while leading a workshop, I was asked the following question by someone who sounded like an experienced manager: “What do I do with an obviously talented report who just doesn’t seem committed to the work he has been assigned?” Following the question, [...]

Responsibility and compliance: Two sides, different coins | Contributor

Filed on 13. May, 2014 in Contributors

Responsibility and compliance: Two sides, different coins | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  For many years I have begun all my management development initiatives with the admonition to anyone in the room that their success as a manager would have an upper limit. That limit would be determined by the cumulative emotional intelligence of whatever group of employees they [...]

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