Despair in the workplace, an invisible stalker

Filed on 09. Sep, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Despair in the workplace, an invisible stalker

Despair in the workplace, an invisible stalker. By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from my daughter-in-law in Portland. The call was remarkable from a couple of perspectives; I had not spoken to or seen my daughter-in- law in over four years, that being [...]

Outwit the Bad Guys with a Strategy to Prevent Fraud

Filed on 21. Aug, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

By Randy Fredlund High-profile data security breaches, such as Equifax and more recently Capital One, serve as good reminders about the vulnerability of our personal information online. Unfortunately, small businesses are a prime target and, therefore, must be especially vigilant. According to Juniper Research, a leading digital market- research firm, small businesses make up to [...]

Spark your marketing efforts with modern tactics, here’s how

Filed on 16. Aug, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Spark your marketing efforts with modern tactics, here’s how

Hannah Stevens for the BBJ Today’s marketplace is more competitive and cutthroat than it has ever been. With increasing globalization (both of businesses and the financial markets), the ever-expanding competition online, and consumerism at an all-time high figuring out which exact strategies will be the most beneficial and how to implement them can oftentimes be [...]

The Last Word on Trust…for Owners, Managers and Employees

Filed on 01. Aug, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

By Mike Cook for BBJ Dear Reader: This is an article you may have seen before, it is one of my favorites and I try to get it into print every three years or so. I believe the last time it appeared in the BBJ was 2014. Imagine being at work, in any workplace, and [...]

Should I use a Robo Advisor?

Filed on 12. Jul, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch for the BBJ In todays digital age it’s hard to know when it’s appropriate to do it yourself (DIY) or when it’s time to pay a professional. The invention of Robo Advisors and artificial intelligence for attorney’s or CPA’s has consumers questioning if they really need to pay for guidance and advice. [...]

Of Incentives and Life: What really motivates?

Filed on 12. Jul, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors, News

By Mike Cook for BBJ It probably doesn’t need to be said but just to set the stage for what follows; employee engagement lingers at around 30% of workers feeling fully engaged in their work. That likely seems very low, and it is, but let’s not be too quick to assume that it is easy [...]

We are in a war for talent. Are you prepared?

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook for BBJ If you are the owner of a business, you likely know that the idea of jobs bounded by strict descriptions have begun to make little or no sense unless you are involved in providing a service that involves a high degree of repetitive activity. The smaller the business, the more [...]

Let’s talk about accountability

Filed on 23. Apr, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Within the past two weeks no less than four members of my peer advisory group of local business owners have approached me with a question about accountability. The questions range from “Do people just not want to be accountable?” to “How do I make sure my employees [...]

Stop making excuses for hanging on to bad employees

Filed on 09. Apr, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “Being a terrible employee doesn’t mean that you’re bad, lazy, or even unable to succeed professionally. You could be a bad culture fit for the company. Your disposition may not jibe with your boss’ style. Maybe you’re just in the wrong industry.” —Richard Feloni, Áine Cain and [...]

You think you’re working smarter — but are you really?

Filed on 19. Mar, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Business Journal In previous posts I may have mentioned that a long time ago, when I still had both hair and a waistline, I had a corporate position for a little over eight years. By all accounts the organization where I worked, a major petroleum company, was among the best [...]

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