June 2012

Animal world

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0612 AnimalWorld 02Oregonians' love for their pets propels the critter industry complex.

 

Flying high

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0612 Dispatches Winterhawks 04The turnaround of the Portland Winterhawks is good news for more than just fans.

 

Ranking green buildings

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Despite Oregon’s early embrace of sustainability and many prominent green builders, the state ranks 18th for number of LEED projects.

 

Saving today for tomorrow

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0612 GamePlan CyArkOregon 01CyArk Oregon preserves endangered sites.

 

Bright lights, big city

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0612 GamePlan 10SpeedCoffee 02A Hood River coffee shop hopes to break into the Los Angeles market this year, establishing itself in a place about as opposite its origin as it gets.

 

Staying afloat in rough waters

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0612 GamePlan MaritimeServicesMaritime Services Corp. in Hood River had been enjoying a record workload heading into winter 2011.

 

Paddle power

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0612 GamePlan NorgeboardAnother Bend entrepreneur is hoping to make his mark on the city, this time with “land paddle boarding,” a recreational activity that looks a bit like someone contorting his way through a Monty Python School of Funny Walks episode.

 
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Leading with the right brain

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The 100 Best Companies survey is open

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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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Justice for All

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Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.


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