The best two hours you’ll invest into employee training this year

Filed on 26. Apr, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The best two hours you’ll invest into employee training this year

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal As employers and managers, we know we cannot expect the very best from our employees without from time to time investing in their training. How do you decide which training to invest in and when? This is a strategic question on the minds of all employers a [...]

The psychology of hierarchy among employees: Welcome to the ballet

Filed on 11. Apr, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The psychology of hierarchy among employees: Welcome to the ballet

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Understanding the psychology of organizational hierarchy is a key contributor to business success. You have probably already read several articles about the necessity, value and power of hierarchy, but what about the psychology? If your business is small(er), the idea of talking about hierarchy may not even [...]

Women are less confident when it comes to investing, a study finds

Filed on 04. Apr, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Women are less confident when it comes to investing, a study finds

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal Women throughout the last hundred years have increasingly engaged in tasks that in the past were predominately male driven. One area where women seem to have stayed away is investing. Unlike the day-to-day finances of budgets and bills, investing is focused more on the future. Whether it’s saving [...]

When a misunderstood relationship causes a communication breakdown

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

When a misunderstood relationship causes a communication breakdown

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other and the sooner we recognize that the better for us all.” —Erik Erikson Last week I was meeting with one of my clients and I asked as I often do at the start of our meetings, [...]

The right job fit is key to employee engagement

Filed on 14. Mar, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

The right job fit is key to employee engagement

By Mike Cook The Bellingham Business Journal I had one of my best-ever employment experiences, working for the least amount of money, in the summer of 1961. Back then the minimum wage was $1.15 an hour. I was getting paid $1 an hour, but since it was a restaurant (albeit a drive-in) and we could [...]

Talking about leadership vs. actual leadership

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

Talking about leadership vs. actual leadership

By Mike Cook  For the Bellingham Business Journal This summer I’ll be teaching course 524 to students in the evening MBA program at Western Washington University. I have worked with this group before and am looking forward to putting together a meaningful and challenging learning experience. Knowing the group as I do, I fully expect [...]

New Retirement Rules and You

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

By Mark Logan Guest Columnist The biggest decisions Americans are faced with fall into one of three categories: medical, legal or financial. Fortunately, the financial world will now give retirement savers and employers the protection they have always had with their attorney or doctor. The new rules compel providers to act in the best interest [...]

Compassion in the workplace, now more than ever

Filed on 07. Feb, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Compassion in the workplace, now more than ever

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal “These are the times that try men’s souls.” — Thomas Paine The words above were written during the early stages of the Revolutionary War in 1776. I don’t think it is too dramatic to say that the current times are trying as well, but in ways other than [...]

Don’t dismiss what could be the next big idea at your company

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

Don’t dismiss what could be the next big idea at your company

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, January 14, 2007 Few of us have ever missed hitting the barn by [...]

Encourage your employees to learn together (and they’ll succeed together)

Filed on 04. Jan, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Encourage your employees to learn together (and they’ll succeed together)

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal The car I was riding in pulled up to the curb in front of my house. It was a chilly Michigan evening sometime in March, 1961. As I was opening the door to get out my basketball coach, who was dropping me off after practice, asked an [...]

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