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 — [...]

Prepare now for increasing life expectancy, retirement age

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

Prepare now for increasing life expectancy, retirement age

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal The new retirement age is 70. I know, what? You’ve likely heard that 40 is the new 30 or 50 is the new 40. Unfortunately for those who are looking forward to retirement, 70 is the new 65. Eating healthier, being more active and medical advancements have [...]

Good talent might be scarce, but it’s not time to lower your hiring standards

Filed on 27. Mar, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal I met with a woman I know in Bellingham a couple of weeks back, we hadn’t seen each other in person for probably two years, but I had been following her business progress from afar and knew her company was progressing nicely. I asked about how things [...]

Four tips to getting your estate plan together

Filed on 13. Mar, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Four tips to getting your estate plan together

By Michael Bonds For The Bellingham Business Journal One area I find that is often overlook by investors is estate planning. Proper estate planning is an important component of your financial plan, as it can help your loved ones avoid an expensive, time-consuming process after you pass away. Here are four easy-to-implement steps to create [...]

Context is key when communicating over text, social media

Filed on 06. Mar, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Context is key when communicating over text, social media

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Did you ever get an email or a text message from someone and have an immediate negative reaction only to find out later you had misinterpreted the meaning? Of course you have, we all have. The unfortunate part of these instances is that in many if not [...]

Four tips for hiring, and keeping, the best job candidates

Filed on 13. Feb, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Four tips for hiring, and keeping, the best job candidates

By Debbie Hogue For the Bellingham Business Journal I don’t know about you, but I like to be continuously learning. I’m always challenging myself to grow. I’ve spent more than 20 years in retail banking, and recently decided I wanted to try something new. After taking an executive development program course, I was approached by [...]

Learn to tell your business as a story

Filed on 06. Feb, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “[Storytelling is a] business competency that drives emotional engagement and resulting enhanced business performance.” Forbes, April 2016 This was Super Bowl week, a great week for sports, but an even greater week for advertising. If it turns out that the advertising that was offered was more captivating [...]

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