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 [...]

The dos and don’ts of writing a resume

Filed on 12. Jul, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The dos and don’ts of writing a resume

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal For a while now I’ve had an itch that my writing hasn’t been able to scratch, and here’s what it is: the language people use when putting together resumes! Maybe you recognize immediately what I am talking about. As soon as I get past reading the name [...]

It’s never ‘just business’: business is now more personal than never

Filed on 21. Jun, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

It’s never ‘just business’: business is now more personal than never

By Mike Cook Special to The Bellingham Business Journal We’ve all heard it said, maybe it has been said to us, maybe we have been the one speaking the words. “Don’t take it personally, it’s just business!” Honestly, did the words ever seem true to you? I doubt it, unless of course it was you [...]

What’s the point of purpose?

Filed on 10. May, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

What’s the point of purpose?

By Mike Cook  For The Bellingham Business Journal Who among us hasn’t been there? On a given day we wake up and realize our life, our career, maybe the company we are working for, or own, has become too transactional. The creativity is minimal, the inspiration is absent, the evidence of task focus and attention [...]

Kodak, Xerox and Intel: How big, successful companies can falter

Filed on 26. Apr, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Kodak, Xerox and Intel: How big, successful companies can falter

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal Why do once successful companies fail? This is a question that continues to plague management analysts with no reliable answers in sight, even when some of those very companies think they’ve found an answer. In 1999 then-CEO of Intel, Andy Grove, published what has become considered by [...]

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, [...]

Responsibility and compliance: Two sides, different coins | Contributor

Filed on 13. May, 2014 in Contributors

Responsibility and compliance: Two sides, different coins | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  For many years I have begun all my management development initiatives with the admonition to anyone in the room that their success as a manager would have an upper limit. That limit would be determined by the cumulative emotional intelligence of whatever group of employees they [...]

Facebook marketing: It’s not what it used to be | Contributor

Filed on 07. May, 2014 in Contributors

Facebook marketing: It’s not what it used to be | Contributor

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Did you know that today only about 6-12 percent of the people who “like” your Facebook page will see the information you post? That number is expected to decline further in the coming months unless you pay for posts to reach more people. How can that [...]

Why wait to support your employees’ development? | Contributor

Filed on 29. Apr, 2014 in Contributors

Why wait to support your employees’ development? | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Is your company designed to support its employees’ development? Before you answer the question, let me guess, your answer is going to be some variation on one of the following two themes: “Of course it is!” or “What the heck are you talking about? This is [...]

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