Why do people have such a hard time changing their behavior?

Filed on 19. Dec, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal This week’s column may not seem like it is in keeping with the season. But in my mind, it is. The subject is somewhat somber, some may think even dark, but as we approach the new year and that time for resolutions I think you may see [...]

Lesson learned: Being careful with email is always a good idea

Filed on 05. Dec, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Lesson learned: Being careful with email is always a good idea

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal  “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” —Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153) “Golly! I know better than that.” I know you have said those words to yourself more than once, or something to that effect, accompanied by a slap to the forehead. Recently, I had [...]

Four tips for women on reaching retirement savings goals

Filed on 28. Nov, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Four tips for women on reaching retirement savings goals

By Michael Bonds For the Bellingham Business Journal The Pacific Northwest is quickly becoming recognized as one of the nation’s most popular places to retire. The weather is beautiful in the summer, the scenery is tranquil and the year round outdoor activities are abundant, which helps retirees maintain a healthy lifestyle. As I meet with [...]

Year-end financial planning: Is your business ready for 2018?

Filed on 21. Nov, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Year-end financial planning: Is your business ready for 2018?

By Christopher Neros  For The Bellingham Business Journal The end of the year is a busy time. Between the holidays and travel plans, it’s easy to temporarily lose focus on your business finances. That’s what the New Year is for, to take stock and set resolutions, right? When it comes to your finances, the ideal [...]

Promoting managers: a critical role that most companies get wrong

Filed on 14. Nov, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Do you manage, ever thought about being a manager — I mean as a choice of profession, not as an accident? All too often I fear that managers “wound up” or “ended up” in that position without a great deal of forethought, simply because where they worked [...]

Tips on leading effectively, authentically

Filed on 31. Oct, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Tips on leading effectively, authentically

By Lisa Hefter For The Bellingham Business Journal I’ve been hearing and reading more and more about the concept of “authentic leadership” lately. I view this as a good sign, because it suggests that leaders are being held to more constructive and effective standards of leadership, and that the criteria for how leaders are evaluated [...]

Are you the one keeping your employees from being engaged at work?

Filed on 24. Oct, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” — Upton Sinclair Assuming that we are all in agreement that engaged employees are preferable to ones who are not, let’s take a brief look at actions we [...]

Start saving now for retirement, other long-term investments

Filed on 17. Oct, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal The initial process to begin saving for retirement, college, or general investing for wealth down the road can seem overwhelming and arduous. Many people just don’t know where to start so they avoid the process altogether. Later they look back, wishing they would have started earlier or [...]

There is no professional growth without personal growth

Filed on 10. Oct, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Maybe the toughest part about being an organizational consultant for more than 30 years was having business owners or leaders recognize and accept that if there was a problem in their business they had some responsibility for it. The second toughest part was having these same business [...]

It’s time to stop tolerating behavior among managers that sink employee engagement

Filed on 27. Sep, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook  For The Bellingham Business Journal This year — and in fact every year — there will be innumerable gatherings of professionals in conference after conference addressing practices to elevate employee engagement. HR pros will talk to each other. Engagement pros will talk to each other, and while they are all away they’ll [...]

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