An alternative view on employee engagement | Opinion

Filed on 23. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

An alternative view on employee engagement | Opinion

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  I live in Anacortes. Ours is a town where the ferries leave for the San Juan Islands and Victoria, British Columbia. The city is situated on Fidalgo Island, and since it isn’t very large (40 square miles), it is fairly easy to find your way around. [...]

Work is an activity, not a place | Opinion

Filed on 10. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

Work is an activity, not a place | Opinion

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  My thanks as always to the ever-provocative Harold Jarche for the headline of this column. A couple of weeks back he used the quote: “Work is an activity, not a place,” taken from the 2007 book “Nine Shift, Work, Life and Education in the 21st Century” [...]

Assessing financial investing at mid-year | Opinion

Filed on 09. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

Assessing financial investing at mid-year | Opinion

By Aaron Careaga Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal With the second quarter ending last week and the Fourth of July holiday past, now is a great time to reassess your investment portfolio. 2013 started with a bang in equities. – The S&P 500 rose more than 14 percent into May, and then retraced 3 [...]

Thoughts on the keys to business longevity | Opinion

Filed on 02. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

Thoughts on the keys to business longevity | Opinion

By Mark Thoma, Moss Adams LLP Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Now that we’re already halfway through the year, it is as good a time as any to look ahead at business plans and make necessary changes. As business owners work through their plans, however, they should keep in mind that planning for the next [...]

Lessons gleaned from the state of social media

Filed on 27. Jun, 2013 in Contributors

Lessons gleaned from the state of social media

By Patti Rowlson Contributing Writer Only 37 percent of recently surveyed marketers felt their Facebook efforts were effective. Does that number surprise you? Would you also be surprised to learn that 86 percent of those same marketers said that social media in general was important to their businesses (up from 83 percent in 2012), and [...]

Worker engagement brings a new definition of insanity

Filed on 25. Jun, 2013 in Contributors

Worker engagement brings a new definition of insanity

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  In 1980 I was working for one of the largest petroleum companies in the world, top 10 in the Fortune 500. The money was good and  the benefits ridiculously generous, actually terribly addictive if you were being honest about it. I had a nice office, my manager was a truly [...]

Turning loose your millennial “tweakers” | Mike Cook

Filed on 11. Jun, 2013 in Contributors

Turning loose your millennial “tweakers” | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  It is fascinating to me to witness the seeming differences in priorities between my youngest and oldest sons. It was strange enough having 16 years separate them in age. I can recall getting requests like these within five minutes of each other: “Dad can I borrow the car?” vs. “Dad [...]

Do online reviews make a difference for hotels? | Ask Red Rokk

Filed on 03. Jun, 2013 in Contributors

Do online reviews make a difference for hotels? | Ask Red Rokk

By Edward Munro Red Rokk Interactive Contributing Writer The Bellingham hotel community is gearing up for another summer season, and Red Rokk was interested in finding out more about its outlook, marketing strategy and tactics. We visited with sales representatives from two of Bellingham’s well-known hotels and asked about online rating systems, such as Yelp [...]

Business cards: Still relevant in today’s digital world | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 30. May, 2013 in Contributors

Business cards: Still relevant in today’s digital world | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing Writer  Think business cards aren’t relevant in today’s digital world? Think again. Even in the age of social networking and smartphones, there is still a need for traditional printed business cards. According to the Small Business Administration, the average business owner in the U.S. reportedly hands out 40 business cards a [...]

Choosing to be ready to face economic disaster | Mike Cook

Filed on 28. May, 2013 in Contributors

Choosing to be ready to face economic disaster | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  At least twice a month, I stand in front of groups of managers and supervisors and ask this question: What is your personal economic-disaster recovery plan? The looks I get when asking about individual readiness range from glazed bemusement to knowing nods. Unfortunately, the knowing nods are most often in [...]

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