It’s time to stop tolerating behavior among managers that sink employee engagement

Filed on 27. Sep, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook  For The Bellingham Business Journal This year — and in fact every year — there will be innumerable gatherings of professionals in conference after conference addressing practices to elevate employee engagement. HR pros will talk to each other. Engagement pros will talk to each other, and while they are all away they’ll [...]

Beyond financial aid: some strategies for paying for college

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

By Mark Wallace For The Bellingham Business Journal You sent your kid(s) off to college. Now how are you going to pay for it While you are paying your rent or a home mortgage, paying your household bills and trying to save for retirement, the additional cost to send your kids to college seems unsurmountable. [...]

What ‘The Big Lebowski’ can teach us about employing millennials

Filed on 12. Sep, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

What ‘The Big Lebowski’ can teach us about employing millennials

By Mike Cook  For The Bellingham Business Journal A conversation I had recently with my just-turned 30-year-old son prompted today’s writing. He is a millennial, and has all the traits that I hear so many business owners complain about. He has changed jobs four times in the six years since he left college. He wants [...]

How to help your managers develop themselves

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

How to help your managers develop themselves

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Among the many concerns of employers these days is finding the right people for their organization. Right behind that is a virtually equal concern for keeping those good people once they are found. If you are running a business of any size, I mean anything over about [...]

Respect your employees, don’t make assumptions

Filed on 08. Aug, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Respect your employees, don’t make assumptions

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal  “Respect … is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.” –Annie Gottlieb Some years back I was approached by the CEO of an independent telephone company regarding a challenge he said he was experiencing motivating certain [...]

When companies forget where their income comes from

Filed on 25. Jul, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

When companies forget where their income comes from

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Nothing earth shattering or mind bending in this week’s post, just a simple musing on some observations on the evolving business environment. The history of business is full of stories, too many stories, of products and ideas that someone, usually their creator, were certain would become the [...]

Thoughtful prep can help women avoid these financial pitfalls

Filed on 18. Jul, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Thoughtful prep can help women avoid these financial pitfalls

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal Women face tricky financial dilemmas throughout their lives. These situations can change your financial future drastically if you aren’t prepared for them. What sometimes seems like a choice you’re making for the current year or situation can soon become the path of least resistance, and suddenly turn [...]

Don’t waste time raging against a workplace situation — change the game instead

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

Don’t waste time raging against a workplace situation — change the game instead

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal If a reference to Rage Against the Machine, a popular ‘90s rock band known for its political lyrics, made by a 70-year-old guy makes you scratch your head or roll your eyes — then we are probably already off to a bad start this week. If not, [...]

Looking for leadership in all the wrong places

Filed on 20. Jun, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Looking for leadership in all the wrong places

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal When I am talking with business owners about their primary concerns, without question the No. 1 issue they raise is the challenge of finding good people. The term “good people” has more than one meaning. Sometimes it means “people who will work for what I want to [...]

Sustainable, socially conscious investing is on the rise: Here’s what you need to know

Filed on 13. Jun, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Sustainable, socially conscious investing is on the rise: Here’s what you need to know

By Mark Wallace For the Bellingham Business Journal Many of the toughest decisions that must be made to improve a community’s vitality involve compromise. But fortunately, a vital community can include both thriving business and a healthy environment. Walt Whitman once said, “Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in [...]

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