Courage is key to unlocking social power in your organization | Column

Filed on 13. Jul, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Courage is key to unlocking social power in your organization | Column

There is a power source available in your organization that is likely not visible to you. It is hidden right in front of you — a naturally occurring power source that is quite often unrecognized by everyone in the organization, not just you. By virtue of the inherited tone of most working environments this power [...]

Somehow the workplace suffering seems free of cost | Mike Cook

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

Somehow the workplace suffering seems free of cost | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal Pain, as experienced in the workplace, is something most of us learn to accept. Pain comes from misunderstanding, an inadvertent action interpreted as disrespect, a request denied, a promise broken and not accounted for. These events will all inevitably occur. We learn that pain is a [...]

Obstacles to engagement: everything counts | Mike Cook

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

Obstacles to engagement: everything counts | Mike Cook

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 [...]

Socially-responsible investing: the good, the bad and the green

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

Socially-responsible investing: the good, the bad and the green

By W. Devin Wolf Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal These days, socially responsible investing, or SRI for short, is a popular practice among investors who consider themselves socially conscious, and who want to believe their money can do more than just increase the value of their own portfolio. And in theory, this seems like [...]

Managers must direct engagement, not create it | Mike Cook

Filed on 12. May, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Managers must direct engagement, not create it | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal When a wife yells at her husband who has his eyes glued to his desktop screen, “You are not listening to me!” she is dead on; he’s not. But does that mean he’s not engaged? Actually, he is very engaged…with what is in front of him on [...]

How to save for retirement when it seems like you can’t

Filed on 11. May, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

How to save for retirement when it seems like you can’t

By Nicole Burdick For the Bellingham Business Journal Most of us have been there: You may be fresh out of college, in between jobs, raising a family on one income or simply in a situation where you don’t have a lot of money at the end of the month. Here are five tips that may [...]

Negative emotions affect performance in the workplace | Mike Cook

Filed on 27. Apr, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Negative emotions affect performance in the workplace | Mike Cook

Yesterday I was working by telephone with a young man who is a coaching client.  In my opinion he is a uniquely talented manager; he’s rare in that he has a keen sense of what it takes to develop a staff that can function well or better without him. Most of my clients these days [...]

Taming the email beast frees-up more time for marketing

Filed on 20. Apr, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Taming the email beast frees-up more time for marketing

Editor’s note: After more than two years of contributing columns to the Bellingham Business Journal, this will be Patti Rowlson’s last. She is streamlining her work to focus more on her business, PR Consulting.  By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal A business peer recently mentioned that they receive more than a hundred [...]

Voters could get a chance to impose local marijuana prohibition

Filed on 16. Apr, 2015 in Contributors

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald There’s a good chance marijuana will be in front of voters again this fall. This time, though, the decision will be whether to keep the industry out, not whether to let it in. A bill passed by the state House on April 10 would erase bans on marijuana businesses that have [...]

Addressing emotional intelligence | Mike Cook

Filed on 15. Apr, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

Addressing emotional intelligence | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal Employees and their managers will not be able to engage with their work at the levels needed today for sustained periods until the issue of Emotional Intelligence is addressed as a key strategic issue in virtually every business operating today. In every management development program I [...]

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