Business tips

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.

How to learn to see the big picture

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

01.18.13 Thumbnail JobSkillsI was recently asked: How does one develop an ability to “see the big-picture?" The feedback from my performance review is that while I am competent, I ‘miss the forest for the trees’. Working on this is crucial for me to get into executive ranks. 

How to use your new virtual assistant

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

08.23.13 Thumbnail VirtualAssistantWhen hiring a virtual assistant, you can't be vague. Here are tips on how to communicate effectively with your virtual assistant.



Social media tips and best practices

BY BRITTANY SMITH | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

08.14.13 Thumbnail BrittanySmithWhen using social media, the best way to get a return on investment for your efforts is to focus on engagement.  Don’t simply post information and messages about your organization, be sure to post content, resources, and information that your target audience will find useful and interesting.  

5 steps toward perfect project management - the TWIST memo

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

08.09.13 Thumbnail EmailIn a recent analysis of causes of how projects lose money, a few key drivers emerged as causing 80% of losses — the most common being client communications failures. A TWIST Memo is a standard email you send to your client at least once a week in which you communicate with extreme clarity. This clarity leaves neither party any room to hide. It drives projects forward.

How to get more from a staff member

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

07.26.13 Thumbnail StaffWhether you’re a CEO or a front line manager, you should always be trying to get more out of the people who report to you. No, not burn anyone out — you should be seeking to grow capabilities.

Four tips to optimize profits

07.25.13 Thumbnail AndrewBielatBY ANDREW BIELAT | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

Four key strategies define the successful quest for profitability: getting an early start, measuring with the right tools, being inclusive and leading with your best offense.

How to ace your personal improvement plan

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

07.12.13 Thumbnail ImprovementUh oh. You just got put on probation at work — your boss and HR gave you a “Personal Improvement Plan”. The bad news is, you’re now half-way to being fired. The good news is, you now have the opportunity to completely change the way people see you at work, and even boost your career.