Getting your 2014 marketing budget in order | Contributor

Filed on 06. Nov, 2013 in Contributors

Getting your 2014 marketing budget in order | Contributor

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal As 2013 winds down, small businesses across the nation are looking ahead to 2014. They are setting goals, making plans and working on budgets for the new year. During this time, a question that often comes up is how much a mom-and-pop shop or local small [...]

Who’s to blame when creativity goes missing? | Contributor

Filed on 29. Oct, 2013 in Contributors

Who’s to blame when creativity goes missing? | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal In your organization, who is ultimately accountable for creativity? Before you answer, let me share a story with you. Back in 1988, when first beginning my consulting practice, I was hired by the director of the new business development group at Standard Oil of Ohio (now [...]

Developing leaders in business of any size | Contributor

Filed on 15. Oct, 2013 in Contributors

Developing leaders in business of any size | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Every business needs leadership in some make, manner or form. When you ask business owners how they might define leadership, you’ll get a range of answers. But on one thing, you’ll almost always get agreement—more leadership is needed and our business would be more successful be [...]

Focus your social-media with Twitter lists | Contributor

Filed on 09. Oct, 2013 in Contributors

Focus your social-media with Twitter lists | Contributor

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Ever feel like you are lost in a stream of information that is moving too fast to keep up? Sometimes using Twitter makes people feel that way, mainly because the content stream on that particular social media platform changes so quickly. To some, it can feel [...]

Learn to spot and encourage talent | Contributor

Filed on 02. Oct, 2013 in Contributors

Learn to spot and encourage talent | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Is attitude talent? Of course it is. We just have a hard time quantifying it, so we mainly hope we get the right attitude when we add people to our organizations. What’s the biggest problem with all those resumes you are sifting through to find the [...]

Finding the amazing in your workplace | Column

Filed on 17. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

Finding the amazing in your workplace | Column

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal I arrived at our office extra early one morning a few years back to find one of our employees sleeping on the couch in the reception area. As she heard the door unlock she awoke, stretched and said, “good morning,” as I put down my briefcase. [...]

Nonprofit notes: Giving is great business | Column

Filed on 05. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

By Kirk Roberts and Mauri Ingram Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal You’ve heard the phrase: “Business is business.” True, it’s certainly possible to turn a profit by simply manufacturing a product or delivering a service without regard for much beyond the basics. Great business is more. The standouts, the accomplished business leaders that we [...]

Entrepreneur, small-business owner or self employed? | Column

Filed on 04. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

Entrepreneur, small-business owner or self employed? | Column

By Jennifer Shelton Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal When you hear the term “entrepreneur,” whom do you picture? Is it the person working on their laptop at the local coffee shop, the person making the “big pitch” to investors, the person behind the counter of their own shop or the person making their own [...]

Collaboration is better than competition | Column

Filed on 03. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

Collaboration is better than competition | Column

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal “Competitive people have energy; they’re interesting and so forth. But they’re so focused on the competition they fail to see what they’re doing. They just want ‘better, bigger, stronger, longer,’ and they miss the periphery. And that is where you find things you don’t even know [...]

Workplace wellness is within your grasp | Column

Filed on 02. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

Workplace wellness is within your grasp | Column

By Amanda Brock Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal With the cost of health care continuing to rise, employers are seeking creative ways to reduce their cost of benefits while preserving their abilities to appeal to the workforce. “Wellness” is now the health care industry’s buzz word. The advantages of implementing a wellness program are [...]

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