How to turn a disappointing conversation with a colleague into a win

Filed on 26. Feb, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal I was working with a young manager I have been coaching who had just delivered a tough review to one of his direct reports. In reflecting on how his session had gone he mentioned that the employee’s last manager had stopped by recently and apologized for not [...]

What might you be doing to drive good employees away?

Filed on 05. Feb, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal If you happen to follow my twice weekly postings on LinkedIn, you’ll notice a common thread throughout most of my writings, especially those written to get the attention of employers. Much of the time I am addressing a single key issue in hopes of shifting attention to [...]

Know your numbers, know your business

Filed on 28. Jan, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Eric Grimstead For The Bellingham Business Journal If you have ever watched CNBC’s “The Profit” you likely have heard serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis admonish business owners with those words. While reviewing financial statements may not be your favorite thing to do, it’s important to keep a close eye on the financial drivers that can [...]

Why the blood moon reminded me of management

Filed on 22. Jan, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Sunday night my wife and I sought out a nice open field here in Anacortes and were gifted with a totally cloudless sky to witness the blood moon clearly. As we were watching the earth block out the sun from the moon’s surface, I was reminded of [...]

What engages employees may be a surprise

Filed on 08. Jan, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal In the past several years much has been written on the topic and value of employee engagement. There are engagement surveys you can purchase, statistics you can review, consultants to hire and books to read, by the bushels. In my view engagement is a worthwhile topic but [...]

Boost engagement by encouraging your employees to become storytellers

Filed on 18. Dec, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook From the time I began playing golf at age 11 until he stopped playing in his mid 70s, many of my most memorable moments with my father took place on a golf course. Summer afternoons in Michigan, dry breezes blowing, flat landscapes and lots and lots of trees. Neither my father nor [...]

The most important financial tip — participate

Filed on 10. Dec, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal There is plentiful advice that can be given about getting your financial affairs in order. So many actionable steps can leave you overwhelmed. I want to narrow it down for you to the single most important action you can take: participate. I know it seems too easy, [...]

The role of the business owner – as part of the team at work

Filed on 04. Dec, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal I regularly facilitate a peer advisory group for business owners in the Whatcom County area. At present, in our group we have nine of the Top 100 businesses in the county, as identified by the Whatcom Business Alliance. These owners, while successful, remain curious about what they [...]

Building a Corporate-Giving Program that Reflects the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Filed on 27. Nov, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Building a Corporate-Giving Program that Reflects the Spirit of Thanksgiving

By Michelle Barrett For The Bellingham Business Journal  Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have and reflect on how we can give back. Growing up in Ferndale, a common phrase in my household was “they need it more than we do.” My mom often bought groceries for families who were struggling. [...]

Protecting your financial assets in the digital age

Filed on 20. Nov, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch For the Bellingham Business Journal Your retirement accounts, bank accounts, and other investments need special care in the internet age. The amount stolen from Americans in the wake of recent identity breaches was a staggering $16 billion last year, according to the Insurance Information Institute . Most companies will allow you to [...]

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