December 2008

The boxer rebellion

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Monday, December 01, 2008

StevenLienIf ever there was a persuasive reason to start a men’s underwear shop in downtown Portland, Steven Lien thinks he has it. “Women,” he observes, “are tired of seeing guys in bad underwear.”

 

 

Readers put forth their legislative agenda

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Monday, December 01, 2008

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Economist Tim Duy tempers state's optimism

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Monday, December 01, 2008

TimDuyHow will Oregon weather the economic storm in comparison to the rest of the nation? This question is at the top of the list for local policymakers and firms.

 

 

Holiday job outlook hurt by retail trimming

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Monday, December 01, 2008

1208OED1Oregon’s retail trade employment in August 2008 was below the year-ago level by 2,100 jobs, the first over-the-year loss since December 2003.

 

 

Deal Watch: Room to grow for Willamette Valley Vineyards

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Monday, December 01, 2008

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Twenty-seven years years ago, Jim Bernau found the perfect piece of property in the Willamette Valley’s Eola Hills for growing Oregon’s signature wine grape.

 

 

Rates on the rise

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Monday, December 01, 2008

1208Indicators1Oregon’s September unemployment rate was 15th-highest among the 50 states, an improvement over last year when it was 10th.

 

 

Q&A with Jeff Merkley on business

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Monday, December 01, 2008

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Shortly after he defeated Republican Gordon Smith in early November, U.S. Senator-elect Jeff Merkley caught his breath just long enough to talk briefly about how he would address the challenges facing Oregon businesses.

 

 
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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!

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