It’s never ‘just business’: business is now more personal than never

Filed on 21. Jun, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

It’s never ‘just business’: business is now more personal than never

By Mike Cook Special to The Bellingham Business Journal We’ve all heard it said, maybe it has been said to us, maybe we have been the one speaking the words. “Don’t take it personally, it’s just business!” Honestly, did the words ever seem true to you? I doubt it, unless of course it was you [...]

Why most promotions fail

Filed on 07. Jun, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Why most promotions fail

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Every two weeks I sit down, most often without a topic in mind, and peruse Business Insider or the New York Times or one of the many other publications that reports on business. It never fails: Within minutes I come across an article reporting on some company, [...]

Don’t let a bad apple spoil a good employee’s day

Filed on 24. May, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Don’t let a bad apple spoil a good employee’s day

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Today I am writing about a pretty basic topic, nothing earth shattering but still worthy of review. Over the years I have been away from direct management of my own business I have taken to teaching MBA students and working as a coach for mid-size business owners. [...]

What’s the point of purpose?

Filed on 10. May, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

What’s the point of purpose?

By Mike Cook  For The Bellingham Business Journal Who among us hasn’t been there? On a given day we wake up and realize our life, our career, maybe the company we are working for, or own, has become too transactional. The creativity is minimal, the inspiration is absent, the evidence of task focus and attention [...]

Kodak, Xerox and Intel: How big, successful companies can falter

Filed on 26. Apr, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Kodak, Xerox and Intel: How big, successful companies can falter

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Why do once successful companies fail? This is a question that continues to plague management analysts with no reliable answers in sight, even when some of those very companies think they’ve found an answer. In 1999 then-CEO of Intel, Andy Grove, published what has become considered by [...]

We need to work on the ‘social’ part of social media

Filed on 12. Apr, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

We need to work on the ‘social’ part of social media

By Mike Cook Special to the Bellingham Business Journal Recently I was reading a review of the extraordinary growth of social media tools over the past five years. As I was reading I flashed back to a conference I attended in the mid-1990s. While there I attended a session featuring a panel of people responsible [...]

Stop a co-worker feud before it starts

Filed on 05. Apr, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

Stop a co-worker feud before it starts

By Louise Penberthy Guest columnist A software developer made a colorful, striking glass candy dish in a glassblowing class. She put it on the filing cabinet outside her cubicle, full of candy for her friends at work. Then the developer in the next cubicle knocked the dish off the cabinet and it broke. He claimed it was [...]

Stop taking lessons in leadership, start actually leading

Filed on 29. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Stop taking lessons in leadership, start actually leading

By Mike Cook Contributor My goodness but we do seem to have an unlimited appetite for books, recordings and one-day seminars covering the topic of leadership in our businesses. A quick search on Amazon yields reference to over 180,000 titles on the subject. Lessons on leadership are certainly popular, at least lessons in how we think leaders [...]

Why aren’t more employees engaged at work?

Filed on 15. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Why aren’t more employees engaged at work?

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Cause and effect are tricky questions. When it comes to people and their behavior of one thing I am fairly certain, relying on strong feelings, emotions, for anything, is like laying a foundation in quick sand. The divorce rate in our country may be more indicative of this belief than [...]

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

By Don C. Brunell On March 1, the Wall Street Journal carried a sobering editorial that ought to force us to look behind the toxic presidential campaign rhetoric and ask two very important questions about how we position our nation to compete internationally. First, what really happens when our leaders impose punishing trade sanctions? Second, [...]

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