Kodak, Xerox and Intel: How big, successful companies can falter

Filed on 26. Apr, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Kodak, Xerox and Intel: How big, successful companies can falter

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Why do once successful companies fail? This is a question that continues to plague management analysts with no reliable answers in sight, even when some of those very companies think they’ve found an answer. In 1999 then-CEO of Intel, Andy Grove, published what has become considered by [...]

We need to work on the ‘social’ part of social media

Filed on 12. Apr, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

We need to work on the ‘social’ part of social media

By Mike Cook Special to the Bellingham Business Journal Recently I was reading a review of the extraordinary growth of social media tools over the past five years. As I was reading I flashed back to a conference I attended in the mid-1990s. While there I attended a session featuring a panel of people responsible [...]

Stop a co-worker feud before it starts

Filed on 05. Apr, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

Stop a co-worker feud before it starts

By Louise Penberthy Guest columnist A software developer made a colorful, striking glass candy dish in a glassblowing class. She put it on the filing cabinet outside her cubicle, full of candy for her friends at work. Then the developer in the next cubicle knocked the dish off the cabinet and it broke. He claimed it was [...]

Stop taking lessons in leadership, start actually leading

Filed on 29. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Stop taking lessons in leadership, start actually leading

By Mike Cook Contributor My goodness but we do seem to have an unlimited appetite for books, recordings and one-day seminars covering the topic of leadership in our businesses. A quick search on Amazon yields reference to over 180,000 titles on the subject. Lessons on leadership are certainly popular, at least lessons in how we think leaders [...]

Why aren’t more employees engaged at work?

Filed on 15. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Why aren’t more employees engaged at work?

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Cause and effect are tricky questions. When it comes to people and their behavior of one thing I am fairly certain, relying on strong feelings, emotions, for anything, is like laying a foundation in quick sand. The divorce rate in our country may be more indicative of this belief than [...]

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

By Don C. Brunell On March 1, the Wall Street Journal carried a sobering editorial that ought to force us to look behind the toxic presidential campaign rhetoric and ask two very important questions about how we position our nation to compete internationally. First, what really happens when our leaders impose punishing trade sanctions? Second, [...]

Being powerful is a learned practice

Filed on 01. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Being powerful is a learned practice

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “Power, . . . is simply the capacity to bring about certain intended consequences in the behavior of others. . .” ­­­—Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford University, Professor, Author and Leadership Expert Without regard to position or authority, each of us, in order to earn a living must develop [...]

I-732 could reduce CO2 emissions without new regulations | Opinion

Filed on 30. Dec, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

By Yoram Bauman and Menno van Wyk For The Bellingham Business Journal This past year gave us a preview of what the future holds for our state as the accumulated pollution from burning fossil fuels alters the global climate. The remarkably warm winter and record-low snowpack levels impacted recreation and tourism business, reduced summer water [...]

Changes require staying true to our values | James McCusker

Filed on 29. Dec, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By James McCusker For The Bellingham Business Journal The Christmas story would have been different if the world hadn’t been changing at the time. If there had been stability there wouldn’t have been a need for a census or special tax collection, no need to travel to Bethlehem in winter, no inn, and no manger. [...]

Last minute strategies to save on your 2015 tax bill

Filed on 28. Dec, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Last minute strategies to save on your 2015 tax bill

By Kira Bravo For the Bellingham Business Journal With the end of the 2015 year, many folks may be wondering if there is anything further they can do to manage their upcoming tax bill. Even though many year-end planning techniques are no longer an option, there are still several effective strategies worth considering. Contribute to [...]

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