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 [...]

In business, is it better to give than receive? | Mike Cook

Filed on 14. May, 2013 in Contributors

In business, is it better to give than receive? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  The May issue of the McKinsey and Company newsletter is one I’ll be holding onto for a while. One piece in particular has captured my attention is  ”Givers Take All: The Hidden Dimension of Corporate Culture,” by Adam Grant. He is author of the recently published “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success,” a [...]

Labor waits for its ship to come in | Guest column

Filed on 13. May, 2013 in Contributors

By Aaron Careaga Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Education is intended to be a direct channel to meaningful employment and prosperity at the individual, state and federal levels, but the U.S. continues to struggle in igniting substantive economic recovery post-Great Recession. Some opine that a stagnant economy and chronically higher level of unemployment is the [...]

Getting your online marketing off the ground | Ask Red Rokk

Filed on 08. May, 2013 in Contributors

Getting your online marketing off the ground | Ask Red Rokk

By Ed Munro Red Rokk Interactive Contributing Writer Q: How can a small business find the time to stay competitive with online marketing? Start by creating a realistic schedule, and then sticking with it. Making time for online marketing and participating in social media has become a reality for many small businesses, while others are [...]

Mind the traps in international estate planning | Guest column

Filed on 06. May, 2013 in Contributors

Mind the traps in international estate planning | Guest column

By Stephanie Hathaway International Tax Partner, Moss Adams LLP Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  The estate tax in the United States is well known, but it’s complex, making it difficult for some individuals to know whether, and to what degree, it might apply to them. This is particularly true when international factors are involved. [...]

Lessons on collaboration, from a 5 year old | Mike Cook

Filed on 01. May, 2013 in Contributors

Lessons on collaboration, from a 5 year old | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Last Sunday afternoon I found myself in the midst of a standoff with my 5-year-old grandson, Miles. His mother had suggested that maybe I’d like to give him some help with a jigsaw puzzle that was partially completed. Both he and I thought this was a grand idea, so we set to [...]

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