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Turnarounds and revitalizing with Bob Papes

imo-blogSeasoned executive and turnaround expert Bob Papes has engineered five consecutive turnarounds of businesses in the $15 to $35 million range. What made Bob’s efforts successful? Bob uses one word: Team. Contributing columnist Tom Cox explains how to follow in Bob's footsteps.

Stores get head start on Black Friday

thelatestMacy's Inc. and Target Corp. announced plans to open some stores at midnight on Thanksgiving, getting the earliest start to the holiday shopping season ever. With analysts predicting only modest sales gains, the season is likely to be highly competitive for store chains.

Big banks backing off fees

thelatestA month after Bank of America dealt with the wrath of customers for announcing new debit card fees, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. decided not to charge similar fees.

Condit Dam breached

thelatestCrews blasted a hole in the nearly century-old Condit Dam in Washington's south Cascades in order to restore habitat for endangered and threatened fish. The dam once produced enough power for 7,000 homes, but PacifiCorp decided to remove the dam instead of install expensive fish passage structures.

Obama unveils new student loan payment rules

thelatestPresident Barack Obama announced a plan to let Americans consolidate and reduce interest rates on their student loans. The latest in a string of plans to improve the economy could affect up to 1.6 million students.

Home prices climbing in half of U.S., but not in Portland

thelatestHome prices climbed in August in half of major U.S. cities, a sign that prices are beginning to stabilize. However, prices remained stagnant in Portland. 

Wikileaks suspends operations

thelatestWikileaks has suspended operations after many U.S.-based financial institutions blocked donors from giving money to the organization. Founder Julian Assange says it may have to shut down permanently.

Chinese solar companies dispute SolarWorld's complaint

thelatestChinese solar manufacturers say that SolarWorld's U.S. trade complaint is one-sided.

Candid feedback saves a life

imo-blogDuring a recent meeting, contributing columnist Tom Cox noticed one attendee — an older, overweight guy — was speaking more “thickly” than usual. "It reminded me of some early stroke symptoms I’d read about. I had to decide — do I say anything? What do I say? How do I say it in a way most likely to encourage the desired behavior? And what if I’m wrong?"