Mitigating the new Medicare surtax | Kira Bravo

Filed on 11. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

Mitigating the new Medicare surtax | Kira Bravo

by Kira Bravo Tax Manager, Moss Adams LLP While some elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have already taken effect, many of the biggest changes are still to come, including a 3.8 percent Medicare surtax that will hit certain taxpayers on Jan. 1, 2013. Who is affected? The surtax will apply to individuals and [...]

What is the value of the fearless employee? | Mike Cook

Filed on 04. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

What is the value of the fearless employee? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  Somehow in recent years it seems we’ve made empowerment and engagement into “black box” processes shrouded in mystique and worthy of perpetual research, not to mention the source of income for a large number of consulting groups. What if we simply made both aspects of work far less complex and tried something that [...]

Business-to-business networking with LinkedIn

Filed on 30. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

Business-to-business networking with LinkedIn

By Patti Rowlson Contributing Writer  So, you already use Facebook and maybe even Twitter, why should you consider jumping on the LinkedIn bandwagon? When used effectively, LinkedIn can offer valuable information that helps professionals stay on top of their game and make new connections—161 million people around the world use the site for business-to-business networking. Those numbers make [...]

The compounding effect of excessive risk

Filed on 29. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

The compounding effect of excessive risk

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  One of my good friends recently told me he and a buddy have been attempting day trading. I was shocked. I think of this friend as very conservative; he works as an engineer, lives below his means, and has never been concerned with trying to get rich quick. Knowing full [...]

Transformation is where you find it

Filed on 21. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

Transformation is where you find it

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  “Golf is not just an exercise; it’s an adventure, a romance… a Shakespearean play in which disaster and comedy are intertwined.” -Harold Segall, American humorist.  How many times have you heard a story about an employee being laid off, or maybe their job was eliminated, and their file reflected nothing [...]

Letter to the editor | Thank you for dentists’ donations

Filed on 13. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the many dentists in Whatcom County who donate dental care to low-income, uninsured community members. Dental care is a significant need for uninsured adults in our community. In a recent survey of low-income residents in Whatcom County, affordable dental care was ranked “as extremely important” and “very hard [...]

Ain’t no magic ’til fishmongers show up—Who gives employees permission to engage?

Filed on 07. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

Ain’t no magic ’til fishmongers show up—Who gives employees permission to engage?

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer Very early one morning back in October 2010, I was standing in the entrance to the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle waiting to begin my “World Famous” immersion experience alongside the fish mongers who have in fact made themselves world famous. Within a few minutes the team leader had [...]

Letter to the editor | Support for Sanders, Grant in judicial primary races

Filed on 29. Jul, 2012 in Contributors

Voters! Remember—we elect judges on the primary ballot. You have a choice of candidates with two different philosophies: those who adhere to the tenets of social justice, or those who align themselves with the principles of individual liberties and property rights, as the Constitution implies. Remember—the United States of America is the only country in [...]

Business networking on a local level

Filed on 26. Jul, 2012 in Contributors

Business networking on a local level

By Patti Rowlson Contributing Writer   Face-to-face networking can be an important marketing tool whether you operate a retail business, are a service provider or work in a large corporation. Putting yourself out there and meeting new people provides opportunities to develop mutually beneficial relationships and turn casual “connections” into valuable advocates. An assortment of business networking groups [...]

With collaboration, we have a lot to learn—and the clock is ticking

Filed on 24. Jul, 2012 in Contributors

With collaboration, we have a lot to learn—and the clock is ticking

By Mike Cook Management Developer  Is there any question in your mind whether there is ample technology available to facilitate profound levels of collaboration in our organizations, especially those with a global reach? There shouldn’t be. It seems like each week I read about some hot new collaborative technology being announced. If you read past the hype of [...]

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