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To be a leader, you must be a follower

imo-blogHow do leaders become leaders? By attracting or creating followers. (As Steve Balzac likes to say, “A leader without followers is just a guy taking a walk.”) How can you reliably build a following?  You do it by being a follower — by following a set of values, and modeling followership to others.

Building something crazy in Bend

ben-blogGreg Cole and his growing team at Windward Performance recently sawed a hole in the wall of one of the seven hangars they occupy at Bend Municipal Airport to make room for their newest project: a non-motorized glider designed to soar to 90,000 feet above sea level. That would set a new world record for manned, wing borne, sustained level flight.

Klamath water brings jobs optimism

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Last year drought in the Klamath basin delayed irrigation flows until mid-May.  The water shortage meant millions of dollars lost from unplanted crops and rough economic ripples through an already beleaguered community. But irrigation started on time this year, and that has the area hoping for job creation.

Wage violations? There's an app for that, too

imo-blogCreating evidence to bolster a wage and hour lawsuit has never been easier. Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor launched its free iPhone and iPad app designed to help employees who want to keep their own time records — just in case.

On the Scene: Companies That Care symposium

sceneblogbwA company's engagement can not only advance its business, but can also provide a good work environment and improve the community-at-large. The Center for Companies That Care 2011 Symposium focused on just that, by honoring Pacific Northwest and national companies as well as providing tips and case studies on just how engagement works and why it is so important to any business.

Coast attractions hope for better summer

thelatestAn anticipated increase in attendance this summer could bring a change in tide for the beleaguered Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport and other struggling Oregon attractions that have struggled through the weakened economy.

Hostile culture will kill "lean" efforts

imo-blogThe great business breakthrough of the 20th century may be Lean (and Six Sigma) — techniques that cut waste and can dramatically boost productivity. Yet many firms can’t make Lean work for them.

On the Scene at the Oregon CEO Summit

sceneblogbwAbout 160 business leaders and Oregon State University students and faculty members gathered in Portland to hear about the role of innovation in business from prominent CEOs representing the core industries of Oregon.

New med school brings jobs

thelatestThe city of Lebanon will be the home of Oregon’s new medical school when the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (Comp-Northwest) opens its doors to its 105 freshmen July 30. It will also bring dozens of jobs to a city that needs them.