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|Wednesday, March 01, 2006|
Call to order
Vicki Norris aims to organzize the world, and become a one-woman brand doing it.
By Christina Williams
The organization expert is laughing as she answers the front door. Real laughter — more giggle than guffaw. Charlie, the small beige mop of a Lhasa apso who was barking at the bell, has been restrained.
For all her levity, Norris is very serious when it comes to mapping out her career trajectory. She wants to be a nationally — maybe even internationally — known organizational expert. She’d like Vicki Norris to have the same kind of brand cachet as Martha Stewart or Jenny Craig. Don’t laugh.
“What I don’t want to be is Ask Eloise,” says Norris, rolling her eyes. “The world doesn’t need another home economist. I want to be a thought leader on setting priorities.”
Today, Norris is holding her monthly consultant training, gathering her company (three consultants and two administrative types, most of who work remotely) around the table in her roomy, cement-floor office behind the kitchen. A bowl of Wheat Thins and another of miniature chocolate bars anchor a table runner while Norris presides over the white board. She asks the team to review together the organization services they provide for different kinds of business customers — the home-baser, the sole proprietor, the corporate executive.
She started her business, Norris says, “in typical me style.” It’s a phrase she uses often. As in: “In typical me style, I went from zero to three employees.” Or, “In typical me style, I volunteered to be a vice president of the professional organizers group my first year in business.”
When she wanted to put label holders on her office supply line, she bought a $3,000 mill to cut out the prototypes. The retro design is very 1950s library card catalog.
But it’s with a completely straight face that Norris says: “I cannot fail. This is what I’m called to do.”
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Scott Kveton, the CEO of Urban Airship is taking a leave of absence from the company. As the story continues to unfold, here’s our perspective on a few of the key players.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
When I say, “Your Employee is Always Right,” I do not mean “right about the facts,” but rather “right about how they feel” and “right about how they want to be led.”
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