Are you addicted to making it on your own?

Filed on 06. Jun, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook  For The Bellingham Business Journal As any business owner will readily admit, or they should, there is no easy answer to why they are successful. The same holds true for managers. Having a great idea for a product or service, wanting to be your own boss, being attracted to being in charge, [...]

Building permits, May 15-19

Filed on 26. May, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Applied 1154 Raymond St., $10,000 for Like-for-Like window replacement. Historical owner: Bruce E & Eleanor J Rowe. Contractor: Kota Construction. Permit no.: BLD2017-0457. May 15. 1400 12th St., $40,000 for [...]

Are good employees really that hard to find?

Filed on 23. May, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Are good employees really that hard to find?

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal You’ve probably heard me say it here on more than one occasion: The number one complaint I hear from employers these days is how hard it is to find good people. But are they — good people I mean — that hard to find? If you read [...]

Having trouble finding good employees? Make sure you’re offering them a good job

Filed on 09. May, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Having trouble finding good employees? Make sure you’re offering them a good job

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal A common lament I hear these days among employers and managers I speak with is how hard it is to find good people. Sometimes I will see whether the lamenter has an interest in unpacking the issue. Often this is simply a sign of frustration and there [...]

The best two hours you’ll invest into employee training this year

Filed on 26. Apr, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The best two hours you’ll invest into employee training this year

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal As employers and managers, we know we cannot expect the very best from our employees without from time to time investing in their training. How do you decide which training to invest in and when? This is a strategic question on the minds of all employers a [...]

The psychology of hierarchy among employees: Welcome to the ballet

Filed on 11. Apr, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The psychology of hierarchy among employees: Welcome to the ballet

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Understanding the psychology of organizational hierarchy is a key contributor to business success. You have probably already read several articles about the necessity, value and power of hierarchy, but what about the psychology? If your business is small(er), the idea of talking about hierarchy may not even [...]

Women are less confident when it comes to investing, a study finds

Filed on 04. Apr, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Women are less confident when it comes to investing, a study finds

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal Women throughout the last hundred years have increasingly engaged in tasks that in the past were predominately male driven. One area where women seem to have stayed away is investing. Unlike the day-to-day finances of budgets and bills, investing is focused more on the future. Whether it’s saving [...]

When a misunderstood relationship causes a communication breakdown

Filed on 28. Mar, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

When a misunderstood relationship causes a communication breakdown

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other and the sooner we recognize that the better for us all.” —Erik Erikson Last week I was meeting with one of my clients and I asked as I often do at the start of our meetings, [...]

The right job fit is key to employee engagement

Filed on 14. Mar, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

The right job fit is key to employee engagement

By Mike Cook The Bellingham Business Journal I had one of my best-ever employment experiences, working for the least amount of money, in the summer of 1961. Back then the minimum wage was $1.15 an hour. I was getting paid $1 an hour, but since it was a restaurant (albeit a drive-in) and we could [...]

Talking about leadership vs. actual leadership

Filed on 28. Feb, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Talking about leadership vs. actual leadership

By Mike Cook  For the Bellingham Business Journal This summer I’ll be teaching course 524 to students in the evening MBA program at Western Washington University. I have worked with this group before and am looking forward to putting together a meaningful and challenging learning experience. Knowing the group as I do, I fully expect [...]

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