Blogs

Business leaders display united front

12.04.12 Thumbnail SummitAt the Oregon Leadership Summit, business and government leaders unite in calling for PERS reform, education investment and a decision on the Columbia River Crossing.

5 great books on leadership

11.30.12 Thumbnail BooksEffective leaders are constantly learning. To help you keep learning, here are five of leadership expert Tom Cox's favorite books, old and new, for growing a CEO’s or a manager’s capabilities. 

Astoria's evolving downtown

11.20.12 Thumbnail AstoriaDowntown Astoria has many assets. It has myriad intact historic buildings from the 1920s, including the lovely renovated Liberty Theater and the Hotel Elliott. There is a great little mix of independent retail shops like Vintage Hardware and Foxgloves. It is a downtown that is real, where you can still shop at J.C. Penney, buy garden supplies and get your shoes repaired. For all those assets, there are challenges, of course.

Science, technology as economic drivers

11.15.12 Thumbnail ScienceThe national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer conference held this week in Portland underscores the role of science and technology innovation as a national economic development strategy.

Leadership lessons from the superstorm

imo-blogLeadership is about eliciting the best in others. In order for an organization to truly excel, a culture of bringing out the best in people must permeate it. Leadership expert Michael Beck explains why a culture that embraces a servant leader philosophy accomplishes just that.

The uncertain value of economic forecasts

11.07.12 Thumbnail FinancialConflicting economic forecasts point to the need for more analysis in a data-saturated age.

Portland's eco-roof industry falls short

11.07.12 Thumbnail EcoroofThe worldwide eco-roof industry is growing rapidly, and Portland is often lauded as being in a unique position to benefit as an early adopter of the green building trend. Yet the city is falling behind on its goal of 43 acres of eco-roofs by 2013. 

The year of the river

11.01.12 Thumbnail WillametteAfter decades of indifference or neglect, the Willamette River is emerging as a star attraction in urban renewal efforts.

Overwhelmed? Here's how to beat it

10.31.12 Thumbnail OverwhelmedFor certain kinds of overwhelm the primary problem is that your brain has its activity stuck in the wrong area.  You overcome the feeling, by moving the activity to a different part of the brain.  You act differently, which makes you think differently, and then finally you feel things differently.