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 [...]

Your Money Matters: How to use investment accounts to control your taxes

Filed on 10. Apr, 2015 in Contributors

Your Money Matters: How to use investment accounts to control your taxes

By W. Devin Wolf Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal Tax season is in full swing and if you are like most people, once your returns are submitted, you can’t wait to be done. This year, however, I encourage you to take a step back and do something great for your financial future: plan ahead. [...]

Engagement Killers: They come in all shapes and sizes

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

Engagement Killers: They come in all shapes and sizes

By Mike Cook Contributing writer The people in my family, myself and brothers and sisters, are basically working people. I don’t mean blue collar though that’s where my father came from, being an electrician for some 40 years. I mean working people; for the most part we work for other people. I am the exception [...]

Ever wonder why some problems don’t get solved? You are not alone | Mike Cook

Filed on 16. Mar, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Ever wonder why some problems don’t get solved? You are not alone | Mike Cook

Mike Cook Contributing writer Do you ever think about the fact that as a nation we’ve been able to send manned vehicles to the moon and yet we are seemingly unable to deal with issues much closer to our planet like education reform? Education reform would seem much simpler than aiming a projectile at a [...]

Inslee staying neutral on bill that would rewrite Boeing tax breaks | Opinion

Filed on 11. Mar, 2015 in Contributors

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald  Sixteen months ago, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law the largest tax break any state has ever given a private company. It extended a bunch of sweet incentives to the Boeing Co. that could save it up to $8.7 billion in tax payments to the state in the next 25 years. [...]

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