Blogs

Stop putting people first - put profit first

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

04.05.13 Thumbnail ProfitStrategic execution requires that you stop putting people first (in the wrong way). Profit must come first.


 

Meat eaters unite

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

04.03.13 Thumbnail MeatThe Portland Meat Collective, a mobile butchery school, goes national with a Kickstarter campaign. The initiative, "Meat Collectives Across America," is unique in the Kickstarter repertoire as it asks supporters to back a movement, not a product.

AP Stylebook nixes 'illegal immigrant'

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

04.02.13 Thumbnail ProtestThe AP Stylebook is the definitive style guide for journalists. Today AP editors nixed the term "illegal immigrant" and no longer allow the use of "illegal" as a description for a person.
 
 

A carbon tax and shift can grow Oregon economy

BY  DR. THOMAS POTIOWSKY, DR. JENNY LIU, AND JEFF RENRO | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS

04.02.13 Thumbnail co2Our lives are surrounded by regulations to influence behavior, from not smoking in public places to not polluting waterways and being civil in public. Usually, a violation of these regulations is associated with a fine or a tax to discourage greater use, as in the cigarette tax.

Why your employee is always right

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

03.29.13 Thumbnail PidgeonI learned a lot about humans from studying pigeons. It was 1985 and I worked at Professor Israel Goldiamond’s behaviorism lab at the University of Chicago. (And yes, pigeons are a lot different from people.) The biggest thing Professor G. taught me was, “the organism is always right.”

Defining business friendly

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

03.28.13 Thumbnail StateBizIf I had a dollar for every time a CEO or business owner told me Oregon was hostile to business interests, well, let’s just say I wouldn’t be quite so worried about how I’m going to pay my son’s college tab over the next four years.
 

The business case against the CRC

BY JOE CORTRIGHT | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

03.25.13 Thumbnail BridgeSure, it would be nice to have a newer, fancier bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver, especially if someone else paid for it. But look closely at what’s actually being proposed — a $3.5 billion, 5-mile long, twelve-lane freeway widening project that just happens to cross a river — and you’ll see that there’s a strong business case against the CRC.

Unmanned civilian aircraft offer new uses, jobs for Oregon

BY COLLINS HEMINGWAY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

03.21.13 Thumbnail UAVUnmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), often called “drones” in their military capacity, have jumped to the forefront of public consciousness because Congress has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to let these vehicles fly around the nation’s skies within a few years.

When is anger OK in the workplace?

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

03.20.13 Thumbnail AngerWhen is anger okay in the work place? Never.

Expressing or ‘acting out’ anger is different from feeling anger. I can feel anger without having to share it. And I can express my anger in a responsible way that is not denial, is not ‘stuffing’ it, and also doesn’t make someone else wrong or scared.