The downside of expectations | Mike Cook

Filed on 28. Dec, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The downside of expectations | Mike Cook

As an employer it is generally considered to be sound practice to make sure all of your employees know what you expect of them. Generally, when you clearly and very specifically state your expectations it saves a lot of confusion in the long run and allows for successful coaching of employees if and when the [...]

Are your managers killing the next great idea? | Column

Filed on 08. Dec, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Are your managers killing the next great idea? | Column

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal “The iPhone is nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks. In terms of its impact on the industry, the iPhone is less relevant.”   - Matthew Lynn, Bloomberg News, 01/14/2007 Few of us have ever missed hitting the barn by as [...]

What is the sound of engagement? A manager needs to know

Filed on 17. Nov, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

What is the sound of engagement? A manager needs to know

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Probably the most common mistake I watch managers make daily is addressing their reports as though the reports are in the same frame of mind as they are. Maybe they are and you got lucky. But maybe not, and you are talking to yourself. Not knowing is [...]

Economic data doesn’t jibe with economic reality

Filed on 15. Nov, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Economic data doesn’t jibe with economic reality

By James McCusker For the Bellingham Business Journal Some years ago Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, admitted that he wasn’t satisfied with the clarity of the economic picture drawn by the available data. To get a better handle on what was actually happening in the economy, he was relying more heavily on [...]

Managing yourself is today’s management | Mike Cook

Filed on 20. Oct, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Managing yourself is today’s management | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Among the many pleasures in my life since moving from Rochester, New York, to northwest Washington in fall 2006 is my association with Western Washington University. In that time I have had several opportunities to guest lecture, as well as mentor undergraduate students. And in 2012 I [...]

Don’t get stuck looking for the past | Mike Cook

Filed on 05. Oct, 2015 in Contributors

Don’t get stuck looking for the past | Mike Cook

On Saturday as I was beginning the drive to my 50th high school reunion I had one of those experiences that has become all too familiar over the years. See if you can relate. I had a 25-minute drive to my destination, plenty of time, and suddenly a thought popped into my head, “It sure [...]

Devil’s advocate might have prevented Haggen mess

Filed on 04. Oct, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Devil’s advocate might have prevented Haggen mess

By James McCusker For the Bellingham Business Journal During Pope Francis’ trip to the United States he completed the canonization of Junipero Serra, the 18th century Franciscan friar who established nine of the missions whose names and locations still grace California’s geography. Within the Catholic Church the canonization process confers sainthood on individuals who meet [...]

The peer group advantage | Mike Cook

Filed on 22. Sep, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The peer group advantage | Mike Cook

“Social bonds are the most powerful predictors of life satisfaction.”  - Robert Putnam in his book “Bowling Alone” The title of this article should probably be “The Peer Group Opportunity.” “Advantage” really undersells the profound nature of the topic I have in mind for today and its value to business owners, CEOs and general managers. [...]

Complex vs Complicated: Knowing the difference really helps | Column

Filed on 08. Sep, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Complex vs Complicated: Knowing the difference really helps | Column

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Just about any business owner or manager these days will tell you that the challenges they face are much more complex than in the past and the complexity is rapidly increasing. If you think, “Oh, he means complicated when he says complex,” we need a brief intermission. [...]

Accounting for wildfires’ cost won’t be easy

Filed on 31. Aug, 2015 in Contributors

Accounting for wildfires’ cost won’t be easy

By James McCusker Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal The disastrous fires still ravaging our state have destroyed forests, homes, and businesses, devastated families, and taken the lives of brave firefighters. The battle to contain and extinguish these fires is still being fought in the smoke and heat by a growing army of professionals and [...]

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