How to build up your employees’ confidence

Filed on 09. Aug, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

How to build up your employees’ confidence

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal If you are a manager or employer faced with an underperforming employee how often do you consider lack of confidence as the source of the performance issue? Some studies indicate that confidence is virtually as important as ability when it comes to sustained performance. For the most [...]

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, [...]

What exactly is corporate citizenship? | Opinions

Filed on 05. Jan, 2014 in Opinions

By Rachel Myers Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Everywhere we look lately, there seems to be another article or blog post about it and the impact it can have for businesses. This month, we wanted to look more closely at this idea and just what it means to be a good corporate citizen. The [...]

Gratitude, potential and productivity | Opinions

Filed on 05. Nov, 2013 in Opinions

By Pamela Jons and Sara Southerland Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal November is the time of year we collectively engage in the practice of giving thanks and expressing gratitude. Those of us working in the nonprofit sector are keenly aware that generosity is an element that plays a singularly powerful role in a thriving [...]

Finding the amazing in your workplace | Column

Filed on 17. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

Finding the amazing in your workplace | Column

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal I arrived at our office extra early one morning a few years back to find one of our employees sleeping on the couch in the reception area. As she heard the door unlock she awoke, stretched and said, “good morning,” as I put down my briefcase. [...]

Nonprofit notes: Giving is great business | Column

Filed on 05. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

By Kirk Roberts and Mauri Ingram Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal You’ve heard the phrase: “Business is business.” True, it’s certainly possible to turn a profit by simply manufacturing a product or delivering a service without regard for much beyond the basics. Great business is more. The standouts, the accomplished business leaders that we [...]

Entrepreneur, small-business owner or self employed? | Column

Filed on 04. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

Entrepreneur, small-business owner or self employed? | Column

By Jennifer Shelton Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal When you hear the term “entrepreneur,” whom do you picture? Is it the person working on their laptop at the local coffee shop, the person making the “big pitch” to investors, the person behind the counter of their own shop or the person making their own [...]

Workplace wellness is within your grasp | Column

Filed on 02. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

Workplace wellness is within your grasp | Column

By Amanda Brock Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal With the cost of health care continuing to rise, employers are seeking creative ways to reduce their cost of benefits while preserving their abilities to appeal to the workforce. “Wellness” is now the health care industry’s buzz word. The advantages of implementing a wellness program are [...]

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