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 [...]

The downside of expectations | Mike Cook

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

The downside of expectations | Mike Cook

As an employer it is generally considered to be sound practice to make sure all of your employees know what you expect of them. Generally, when you clearly and very specifically state your expectations it saves a lot of confusion in the long run and allows for successful coaching of employees if and when the [...]

Are your managers killing the next great idea? | Column

Filed on 08. Dec, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Are your managers killing the next great idea? | Column

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal “The iPhone is nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks. In terms of its impact on the industry, the iPhone is less relevant.”   - Matthew Lynn, Bloomberg News, 01/14/2007 Few of us have ever missed hitting the barn by as [...]

What is the sound of engagement? A manager needs to know

Filed on 17. Nov, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

What is the sound of engagement? A manager needs to know

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Probably the most common mistake I watch managers make daily is addressing their reports as though the reports are in the same frame of mind as they are. Maybe they are and you got lucky. But maybe not, and you are talking to yourself. Not knowing is [...]

Economic data doesn’t jibe with economic reality

Filed on 15. Nov, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Economic data doesn’t jibe with economic reality

By James McCusker For the Bellingham Business Journal Some years ago Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, admitted that he wasn’t satisfied with the clarity of the economic picture drawn by the available data. To get a better handle on what was actually happening in the economy, he was relying more heavily on [...]

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