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How to form a strategic advisory board

01.23.13 Thumbnail AdviceWhat can a private company do, to harness the kind of intellectual firepower that most of us can’t even access in our wildest dreams? Recruit an Advisory Board.

 

In today's workforce, a high IQ isn't enough

01.18.13 Thumbnail JobSkillsAbout 53% of CEOs said that they see a lack of skills as a major challenge facing their organization. Nearly 55% of workers feel pressure to acquire new skills. But here’s the catch, only 25% of them actually feel like they are getting the support that they need. It’s simply not working. We’re not preparing for the future if we don’t invest in the present.

Could legalizing same-sex marriage boost Oregon's economy?

01.16.13 Thumbnail GayMarriageNow that our neighbors to the north have legalized same-sex marriage with Referendum 74, supporters hope Oregon will do the same on the next ballot in November 2014. The economic impact to Oregon could number in the millions. 

High-speed rail inches forward

01.15.13 Thumbnail TrainTwenty years after the Pacific Northwest was designated a high-speed rail corridor, Oregon begins planning a Eugene-to-Portland high-speed rail project.

4 steps to faster, better strategic planning

01.11.13 Thumbnail 4stepsFor 10 years, Jill struggled to make a profit. At over $8 million in sales, her specialty call center should have been providing her with annual profits of 8-12% or between $640,000 and a million dollars. Instead she paid herself a “good-enough” salary and saw profits trickle in at 1/2% — just $50,000.  She didn’t own a business, she owned a job. Jill had done strategic planning of the “blue sky” variety many times. That kind of planning is worthless, says leadership expert Tom Cox.

John Mitchell predicts cloudy economy, few silver linings

t JohnMitchellDuring a talk at the Portland Business Alliance Forum, Oregon economist John Mitchell predicts slow progress for 2013, long-term stagnation and an epic clash of generations.

HP and Microsoft just aren't fun

01.09.13 Thumbnail HPWindowsHP's profitability is getting crushed and Microsoft's Windows 8 gamble hasn't exactly revolutionized the computing world.  Each of these companies has pursued a misguided path in the name of "strategy".  The truth is that this direction wasn't a viable strategy for either company because it didn't address the real problems either one faced.

Three strategy insights for small business

01.04.13 Thumbnail StrategyGood strategy lets you outmaneuver your bigger competitors. Bad strategy can sink your business. Here are three insights from leadership expert Tom Cox that you can use to harness strategic thinking and planning for your small business.

Elephants lead zoo expansion

12.21.12 Thumbnail ElephantsWith elephant calf Lily nearly three weeks old, the Oregon Zoo has a more tangible reason to expand their elephant enclosure. On Tuesday, Metro unanimously approved two resolutions to help the state’s most popular paid tourist attraction expand.