Is your biggest problem a failure to address problems? | Mike Cook

Filed on 16. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Is your biggest problem a failure to address problems? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Think for a moment about your working environment. Do you think your organization addresses all serious problems in a timely manner? Rhetorical, right? Webster offers this as one definition of the word “problem”: An unsettled matter demanding solution or decision and requiring usually considerable thought or skill for its proper solution or [...]

Innovation, perseverance and the future of business | Guest column

Filed on 08. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Innovation, perseverance and the future of business | Guest column

By Derek M. Long & Mark Peterson Sustainable Connections Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  The ninth annual Future of Business Conference is coming up on Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26. It is a premier business educational and networking event in northwest Washington. Over the years, world class national and local speakers have [...]

Becoming your own pension fund | Ben Esget

Filed on 03. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Becoming your own pension fund | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  Pension funds traditionally offer a guaranteed income for life upon retirement in return for years of loyal service. Many of us are not fortunate enough to have a pension fund, and even those who are may be shocked to find out their pensions could fall wildly short. For example, the [...]

Consider the nontraditional worker when talent is tapped | Mike Cook

Filed on 02. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Consider the nontraditional worker when talent is tapped | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  I have heard that a lot of companies are having trouble finding the talent they need these days. I would love to help them solve their problem, but they seem to have a problem with me: I am 66 years old and am not looking for full-time employment. These days, [...]

How can I increase my Web marketing results? | Ask Red Rokk

Filed on 02. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

How can I increase my Web marketing results? | Ask Red Rokk

By Tyler Byrd CEO, Red Rokk Interactive Contributing Writer Q: How can I produce better marketing results on my company’s website? For many business managers, it is often difficult to choose where and when and how to invest their marketing dollars. They are constantly being bombarded by new ideas and new solutions. As a result, [...]

A proactive approach to personal branding | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 28. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

A proactive approach to personal branding | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer  It’s happened too often lately. Someone you know has an unplanned career change—perhaps due to a new business opportunity or maybe they were laid off.  Suddenly they are polishing up a neglected LinkedIn profile, quickly trying to build a network of contacts and asking for recommendations that highlight their skills [...]

Time wisely when investing in a bull market | Ben Esget

Filed on 20. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Time wisely when investing in a bull market | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  One of the more difficult things investors deal with is timing their investments. Perhaps you just funded your IRA or are sitting on some extra cash and you’re ready to invest funds. But you look at the strong returns that stocks have already experienced since the great recession, pushing the Dow Jones [...]

Should “struggle” be a dirty word? | Mike Cook

Filed on 19. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Should “struggle” be a dirty word? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer Life in general, and certainly in business, has its dark side. If we are in the game, we are most certainly at risk to some extent. We are told that’s where the learning is, and to learn is to embrace failures when they occur, and the struggle associated with both [...]

Three strategies for employers navigating health insurance

Filed on 06. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Three strategies for employers navigating health insurance

By Andy Billingsley Employee Benefits Consultant The Unity Group Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the ACA, was passed, the general tone of those promoting the bill suggested it would make health insurance coverage more affordable for all Americans. Nearly three years [...]

What determines accomplishment’s limit? | Mike Cook

Filed on 05. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

What determines accomplishment’s limit? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  With apologies to William Shakespeare and Richard III: Is it just me or has it been raining coaches in the business world for about the past 15 years? And they come with certifications in case you need one, from all sorts of sources: Coach U, Coach Inc., Center for Executive Coaching, International Coach Academy. Some of these [...]

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