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Handling the day you didn't expect

imo-blogWhat do you do when your work day takes an unexpected turn that makes your original plan impossible to achieve? Management consultant Tom Cox discusses the importance of Plan B.

An Irish Parable

imo-blogOnce upon a time, there was a country where bankers, fed up with regulation, dissatisfaction, and downright hostility,... went on strike, not once, but three times. That country was Ireland, as economist Umair Haque points out in a compelling parable highlighted by University of Oregon economist and guest blogger Mark Thoma.

On the Scene at Emma

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Ever wonder what the deal is with that building on East Burnside that features three images of a woman wearing glasses, accompanied simply by the word "Emma?"

FedEx ramps up in Troutdale

thelatestFedEx's new 447,000-square-foot shipping facility in Troutdale is humming with activity as the company prepares for the holiday madness. Local managers have hired part time and full time workers and employment at the facility is up to 550 jobs and growing.

Handling broken promises

imo-blogI just had a client ask about how to best handle a nagging problem -- his people were loose and lax about keeping internal promises and hitting internal deadlines.  It raises a question: How can you handle broken promises, with high integrity?

Pendleton partners with Levi's

thelatestPendleton Woolen Mills and Levi Strauss and Co. launched a collaborative collection of men's and women's trucker jackets last week, intended for buyers of American-made products. It's the latest in a series of apparel collaborations for the iconic Oregon company that manages 75 stores and employs 900 people.

On The Scene: The Portland Bottom Line

sceneblogbwMercy Corps held a book release party Wednesday for the launch of "The Portland Bottom Line: Practices for Your Small Business from America's Hotbed of Sustainability." The book was the brainchild of Peter Korchnak, and it features 51 stories from small business owners with a focus on sustainability.

Groupon comes to Salem

thelatestCapitol City Theater Improv Comedy sold out two weekends in a row after signing up for the online marketing services of the new Groupon-Salem, which launched on the first day of November.

New media and craft beer

imo-blogThe craft brewing revolution predates e-mail, blogs, facebook, twitter, text messaging and all the related new media, but 25 years later the business has been radically transformed by the new media and especially social media.