The power of anecdotes | Mike Cook

Filed on 18. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

The power of anecdotes | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  We love numbers, percentages, anything that lets us seemingly quantify features of life, especially in our businesses that make us feel better about ourselves. We survey our employees, seeking information on overall satisfaction and levels of engagement. We survey our customers searching for the same feedback. Who hasn’t been asked for the “A,” or [...]

The real deal on real estate | Ben Esget

Filed on 12. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

The real deal on real estate | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  For some time I have thought of real estate as having a cult-like following. People talking about real estate seem to share commonalities with those looking for the mothership—reason goes out the window. Lately it seems that everyone sees real estate as the investment of choice, which offers the highest rate of [...]

Mitigating the new Medicare surtax | Kira Bravo

Filed on 11. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

Mitigating the new Medicare surtax | Kira Bravo

by Kira Bravo Tax Manager, Moss Adams LLP While some elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have already taken effect, many of the biggest changes are still to come, including a 3.8 percent Medicare surtax that will hit certain taxpayers on Jan. 1, 2013. Who is affected? The surtax will apply to individuals and [...]

What is the value of the fearless employee? | Mike Cook

Filed on 04. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

What is the value of the fearless employee? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  Somehow in recent years it seems we’ve made empowerment and engagement into “black box” processes shrouded in mystique and worthy of perpetual research, not to mention the source of income for a large number of consulting groups. What if we simply made both aspects of work far less complex and tried something that [...]

Business-to-business networking with LinkedIn

Filed on 30. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

Business-to-business networking with LinkedIn

By Patti Rowlson Contributing Writer  So, you already use Facebook and maybe even Twitter, why should you consider jumping on the LinkedIn bandwagon? When used effectively, LinkedIn can offer valuable information that helps professionals stay on top of their game and make new connections—161 million people around the world use the site for business-to-business networking. Those numbers make [...]

The compounding effect of excessive risk

Filed on 29. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

The compounding effect of excessive risk

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  One of my good friends recently told me he and a buddy have been attempting day trading. I was shocked. I think of this friend as very conservative; he works as an engineer, lives below his means, and has never been concerned with trying to get rich quick. Knowing full [...]

Transformation is where you find it

Filed on 21. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

Transformation is where you find it

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  “Golf is not just an exercise; it’s an adventure, a romance… a Shakespearean play in which disaster and comedy are intertwined.” -Harold Segall, American humorist.  How many times have you heard a story about an employee being laid off, or maybe their job was eliminated, and their file reflected nothing [...]

Letter to the editor | Thank you for dentists’ donations

Filed on 13. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the many dentists in Whatcom County who donate dental care to low-income, uninsured community members. Dental care is a significant need for uninsured adults in our community. In a recent survey of low-income residents in Whatcom County, affordable dental care was ranked “as extremely important” and “very hard [...]

Ain’t no magic ’til fishmongers show up—Who gives employees permission to engage?

Filed on 07. Aug, 2012 in Contributors

Ain’t no magic ’til fishmongers show up—Who gives employees permission to engage?

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer Very early one morning back in October 2010, I was standing in the entrance to the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle waiting to begin my “World Famous” immersion experience alongside the fish mongers who have in fact made themselves world famous. Within a few minutes the team leader had [...]

Letter to the editor | Support for Sanders, Grant in judicial primary races

Filed on 29. Jul, 2012 in Contributors

Voters! Remember—we elect judges on the primary ballot. You have a choice of candidates with two different philosophies: those who adhere to the tenets of social justice, or those who align themselves with the principles of individual liberties and property rights, as the Constitution implies. Remember—the United States of America is the only country in [...]

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