Blogs

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.

Keep a thin skin

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

03.05.13 Thumbnail BossLeaders shouldn’t be “thick skinned” — not if that means shrugging off negative feedback that might actually be correct. Leaders need to be emotionally resilient, unattached to outcomes, and assume positive intent.

 

The 2013 100 Best Companies are announced

BY LINDA BAKER | OREGON BUSINESS EDITOR

0313 Cover ThumbnailThe 20th annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon list was announced Thursday night at an awards dinner at the Oregon Convention Center. There were 273 companies participating in this year’s 100 Best survey, which analyzes Oregon companies’ best practices toward creating great places to work. This year, almost 14,000 Oregon employees completed the survey.

Strategic execution- outside the core

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

02.25.13 Thumbnail CoreWhen I work with senior teams, they share a common bias across firms and industries — they over-value the uniqueness of their industry, firm, or niche, and they over-value innovative changes in their self-identified Core Business. And they fail to put appropriate focus on off-the-shelf innovations available in the non-core processes.

Start benchmarking in five minutes

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

02.08.13 Thumbnail BenchmarkThe hardest part of starting to track your performance is to just start. So, just start quick and dirty. It’s worth it — you’ll dramatically boost your odds of achieving your goals by spending 5 minutes setting up benchmarks.
 

Strategic execution- please stop innovating

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

02.01.13 Blog WagonWheelWant more real breakthroughs faster in your firm or department? Here’s an easy way: stop “innovating” so much.