Business tips

State of your personal union

4 01.07.14 Thumbnail LeadershipManBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

President Obama's State of the Union address held lessons for all leaders.

Out of crisis: stop fighting fires

BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

12.20.13 Thumbnail FireWhat if being in chaos was optional? What if crisis, or chaos, or “firefighting,” or feeling behind schedule, behind the press of constantly emerging problems, could be stopped? It can. It’s simple. It’s not easy. Here are your three steps to stop fighting fires — and getting control, confidence, and clarity.

How to measure marketing effectiveness

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

12.06.13 Thumbnail MeasureHow can you measure marketing effectiveness? If it gets better, how can you measure the improvement? By business modeling. The modeling process itself will uncover any holes in your marketing process.

Three ways to be nicer to your future self

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

11.22.13 Thumbnail FutureSelfHave you noticed how different your future self is, from yourself today? My future self, apparently, has lots of free time. He has money. He’s very decisive. He goes to the gym with the regularity of a metronome. His self-control is a thing of legend. Or would be, if he existed. Future-me’s only weakness is on-time performance — he still hasn’t shown up. All his work keeps showing up on my desk each morning. Current-me needs a new strategy.

4 strategies to keep from losing out to chains

BY MICHAEL BECK | OB BLOGGER

11.07.13 Thumbnail SmallBusinessIt's worth looking at why some small businesses thrive while others fade away. People choose where they shop based on value, quality, variety, and the experience the business provides. Here are some strategies to think about if you're a small business - regardless of whether or not you're competing with a chain, and regardless of whether you offer a product or a service.

How to add merit selection in a family business

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

10.22.13 Thumbnail FamBizIf you have a family-owned business, younger family members can expect to start near the top. Here's how to create a new culture where merit selection is the new rule.


More on acing your personal improvement plan

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

10.11.13 Thumbnail TomCoxHere are some advanced tips on succeeding in your Personal Improvement Plan.




How to best include people in decisions

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

09.27.13 Thumb IncludeOthersToo often, a leader will make a decision and execute it, without properly informing others of our reasons. That might be okay for an emergency room, where seconds matter. In most workplaces, it’s not.

Why I'm optimistic about the future

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

09.13.13 Thumbnail CleantechThe past hour has left me feeling enormously more optimistic about the future of the human race — and about the future of the economy of my beloved home state of Oregon. As I type this, to one side of me are six special booths at the Oregon BEST Fest. BEST Fest is a celebration of the Built Environment and Sustainable Technology. These six booths are staffed entirely by students from Portland State University.