Turn loose your company’s “tweakers” | Mike Cook

Filed on 26. Dec, 2012 in Contributors

Turn loose your company’s “tweakers” | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  “The characteristic art form of our age may be the business plan.” —William Deresiewicz One Sunday last November, I read an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times by William Deresiewicz, titled “Generation Sell,” from which I took the quote opened with here. The words of the author have stuck with me from [...]

How the Grinch stole returns | Esget & Careaga

Filed on 19. Dec, 2012 in Contributors

By Ben Esget & Aaron Careaga Contributing Writers  When Ben was younger, his family always gathered around the fire and enjoyed Christmas movies together. Ben’s favorite was “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” They didn’t have cable (and DVDs didn’t exist), so the film was watched on VHS. After finishing the tape, if Ben was really lucky, another holiday flick would [...]

Why’s it so hard to treat each other like adults? | Mike Cook

Filed on 11. Dec, 2012 in Contributors

Why’s it so hard to treat each other like adults? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  I received an email from my youngest sister on Sunday afternoon this week. She wanted me to know that she has been offered a new job. It is a full time position which she’ll be starting a few days. Good for her right? It is good. In the grand scheme of things, [...]

Trouble with your Christmas list? Here’s a solution | Ben Esget

Filed on 05. Dec, 2012 in Contributors

Trouble with your Christmas list? Here’s a solution | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer My father is extremely difficult to shop for, because he is the classic example of “What do you get the person that has everything?” So, in 2003, I set out to get him a different type of gift. I wanted to buy him corporate stocks, but I specifically wanted the actual [...]

What’s the deal with “responsive Web design”? | Ask Red Rokk

Filed on 04. Dec, 2012 in Contributors

What’s the deal with “responsive Web design”? | Ask Red Rokk

By Tyler Byrd CEO, Red Rokk Interactive Contributing Writer Q: I recently heard someone mention “Responsive-Adaptive” Web design. Can you explain what that is and why it’s a good thing? Can an existing website be “retrofitted” to be responsive, or does this mean building a new site from scratch? A: This is a very popular [...]

Tweets, hashtags, streams, and a little blue bird | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 29. Nov, 2012 in Contributors

Tweets, hashtags, streams, and a little blue bird | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer  You may have noticed Twitter’s little blue bird icon popping up everywhere. Companies of all sizes are promoting their Twitter accounts on websites, business cards and in print ads; national brands, politicians and celebrities are even displaying their Twitter handles and hashtags on television programs and product commercials. Use of Twitter has skyrocketed [...]

When it’s time for a “tune-up” | Mike Cook

Filed on 27. Nov, 2012 in Contributors

When it’s time for a “tune-up” | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Do you ever get out-of-sorts, let it linger and not notice it yourself? I do, and it isn’t pretty. Last week while out for dinner on our anniversary, my wife asked me if I had something on my mind. I hate that—being busted I mean. There you are, privately (you think) going [...]

Gratitude for support of low-income health care | Letter to the Editor

Filed on 24. Nov, 2012 in Contributors

In this season of giving thanks, we at the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access want to express our gratitude to the many medical providers in Whatcom County who so generously donate care through Whatcom Project Access. Whatcom Project Access, a program of the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access that links low-income, uninsured community members to donated specialty medical care. [...]

Yield, where art thou? | Ben Esget

Filed on 21. Nov, 2012 in Contributors

Yield, where art thou? | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  In my experience, investors have a very limited understanding of bonds. Generally speaking, bonds come with an attached yield or interest rate, duration and a credit rating. Investors must navigate all three when analyzing a bond portfolio and each element has its own set of risks. Many investors undermine the risks associated with [...]

Speaking the truth with “Duncan’s Rule” | Mike Cook

Filed on 13. Nov, 2012 in Contributors

Speaking the truth with “Duncan’s Rule” | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Developing influence in the workplace is, to some degree, a function of doing good work. And that’s where many people stop, thinking that their good work will carry the day. It takes a lot more than doing good work to make a real difference in any organization, and what it takes is often [...]

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