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Justice for all? After debt debacle, not anymore

imo-blogIf you weren’t convinced already, the negotiations over the debt ceiling ought to have cleared up any doubt that Congress is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. But the debt negotiations are simply the latest and most extreme example of a trend on Capitol Hill toward the use of unbending rules, triggers, ticking bombs, and other devices to compensate for dysfunction and the inability to make progress on important issues.

Why do companies resist change?

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Even though we are in the middle of the fastest-changing business climate ever seen. But some companies refuse to make a change in order to better meet the needs and wants of their consumers. What are the reasons we resist change?

Central Oregon progress comes with caveats

ben-blogFacebook has announced that it will build a second data center in Prineville. InEnTec has raised $20 million. Black Butte Ranch is investing $3.75 million in a golf remodel. And Cascade Bancorp has reported a $2 million quarterly profit. Is Central Oregon’s economy finally returning to health?

The good and bad of corporate strategy

imo-blogPortland economist Bill Conerly says one of the most important short papers on corporate strategy has just been published by McKinsey Quarterly. In "The Perils of Bad Strategy," Richard Rumelt explains common errors in developing corporate strategy, based on his forthcoming book.

Gain power through self-management

imo-blogPower is a measure of work per unit of time. As you use your time better, you become more powerful. Growing your power is a wonderful goal, because every time you make progress, you get more meaningful work done with less time and effort.

Google+ a Facebook killer or a bust?

imo-blogThe announcement of Google+, the newest addition to the social media world, is intriguing for multiple reasons and has people wondering if it may be the official answer to Facebook.

Sowing the seeds of cash

ben-blogEight local startups won $25,000 apiece from the Portland Seed Fund in an upbeat ceremony Tuesday, and one of those chosen eight, Geoloqi, also announced a larger seed investment of $300,000 from local entrepreneurs.

Small biz owners are still in the dumps

imo-blogSmall business is down in the dumps. Just compare the attitudes shown in NFIB's survey of small business owners with the Business Roundtable's survey of corporate CEOs. It sure seems that the corporate honchos are feeling better than they did before the recession, whereas small biz owners are up from the depths of the downturn, but not yet back to where they had been.

Oregon launches Wellness@Work

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Two years of collaboration between the Oregon Health Authority and business leaders has resulted in a new initiative called Wellness@Work. The initiative's website launched this week with tools for companies to check their current wellness level and simple ideas on how to improve the health of employees.