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 [...]

“Managers are appointed, leaders are elected” | Column

Filed on 24. Aug, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

“Managers are appointed, leaders are elected” | Column

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal When I first got the idea to write a post with this title I wanted it to be profound, pithy, memorable and certainly tweetable. What I found in trying to write the piece is the title so says it all that there seems to be almost nothing [...]

Performance Reviews: Maybe the best way to discourage employees

Filed on 10. Aug, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Performance Reviews: Maybe the best way to discourage employees

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Employees are unarguably the most valuable asset of any business. This currently accepted fact has not always been the case. Unfortunately, the manner in which businesses are evaluated relies heavily on established accounting principles, which were developed at a time when tangible assets—usually referred to as “bricks [...]

Column | What does a strong dollar mean for investors?

Filed on 02. Aug, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Column | What does a strong dollar mean for investors?

By Patrick Swesey For the Bellingham Business Journal A “strong dollar” sounds like a good thing. And, in some ways, it may be. But what does it mean to you as an investor? Before you can answer this question, you need to be familiar with what the phrase “strong dollar” really means. The worth of [...]

It’s time to stop thinking about vacation time as a benefit | Mike Cook

Filed on 27. Jul, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

It’s time to stop thinking about vacation time as a benefit | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal Recently I was speaking with a neighbor, a younger person, who was talking about his feelings of needing to take some time off work. “So why not just schedule some time in the next month,” I asked. I was taken back by his response. “Well, I [...]

Viewpoint: Washington winegrowers should pay attention to China

Filed on 19. Jul, 2015 in Contributors

Viewpoint: Washington winegrowers should pay attention to China

By Don C. Brunell  President, Association of Washington Business There was a time when wine connoisseurs looked with distain on wines produced in the United States. Then, when California wines gained popularity, those made in Washington were viewed with skepticism. Wines fermented in Chile, Argentina and Australia were dismissed for years before finally being stocked on [...]

Courage is key to unlocking social power in your organization | Column

Filed on 13. Jul, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Courage is key to unlocking social power in your organization | Column

There is a power source available in your organization that is likely not visible to you. It is hidden right in front of you — a naturally occurring power source that is quite often unrecognized by everyone in the organization, not just you. By virtue of the inherited tone of most working environments this power [...]

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