January 2013

Resolution redux

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Monday, December 10, 2012

0113 Input 01The New Year is once again upon us, and who hasn’t made (and broken) many a resolution? Here’s what 532 Oregon Business readers said will be on their personal and business New Year’s resolution lists for 2013.

 

Looking back, forward

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Monday, December 10, 2012

0113 EditorsLetter 02The new year always brings the urge to assess the past and gaze into the future.

 

Powerlist: colleges and universities

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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Colleges & Universities Powerlist from our 2013 Power Book ranks institutions by fall 2012 FTE credit enrollment

 

Powerlist: financial planners and money managers

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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Financial Planners & Money Managers Powerlist from our 2013 Power Book ranks financial planners and money managers by Oregon assets under management (AUM)

 

Powerlist: banks and credit unions

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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Banks and Credit Unions Powerlists from our 2013 Power Book ranks banks by credit unions by 6/30/12 deposits

 

Powerlist: law firms

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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Law Firms Powerlist from our 2013 Power Book ranks law firms by number of lawyers in Oregon and SW Washington.

 
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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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