Out of crisis: stop fighting fires | Print |  Email
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Friday, December 20, 2013
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

12.20.13 Thumbnail FireWhat if being in chaos was optional? What if crisis, or chaos, or “firefighting,” or feeling behind schedule, behind the press of constantly emerging problems, could be stopped? It can. It’s simple. It’s not easy. Here are your three steps to stop fighting fires — and getting control, confidence, and clarity.

 
Holiday party pitfalls | Print |  Email
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
BY BRANDY CODY | GUEST BLOGGER

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With the holidays in full swing, many companies are electing to celebrate with their employees by throwing holiday parties. There is always some degree of risk associated with any company-sponsored function.

 
Developing your personal brand | Print |  Email
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Monday, December 09, 2013
BY MICHAEL BECK | OB BLOGGER
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How do you help people learn "who you are?"  The key is consistently communicating in a way that reflects your values and philosophies.

 

 
How to measure marketing effectiveness | Print |  Email
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Friday, December 06, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

12.06.13 Thumbnail MeasureHow can you measure marketing effectiveness? If it gets better, how can you measure the improvement? By business modeling. The modeling process itself will uncover any holes in your marketing process.

 
The power of purpose | Print |  Email
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Thursday, December 05, 2013
BY WENDY MAYNARD | GUEST BLOGGER
12.05.13 Thumbnail Core

 

Your ability to prosper as a company is not about what you sell, it's about what you believe. And it should drive everything you do.

 

 
Three ways to be nicer to your future self | Print |  Email
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Friday, November 22, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

11.22.13 Thumbnail FutureSelfHave you noticed how different your future self is, from yourself today? My future self, apparently, has lots of free time. He has money. He’s very decisive. He goes to the gym with the regularity of a metronome. His self-control is a thing of legend. Or would be, if he existed. Future-me’s only weakness is on-time performance — he still hasn’t shown up. All his work keeps showing up on my desk each morning. Current-me needs a new strategy.

 
A spark to light Oregon’s employment engine | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
BY ERIC FRUITS | OB BLOGGER

11.21.13 Thumbnail WorkersRight-to-work policies liberalize labor market conditions by loosening some of the most restrictive features of labor legislation enacted during the Great Depression. In Oregon, the Public Employee Choice Act would provide right-to-work protections to public employees.

 
'80s music icon goes digital | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
OB ThumbnailImage MarvRossBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

In 1980, Marv Ross wrote and recorded a catchy little original called Harden My Heart that helped Quarterflash land a deal with Geffen Records. Ross still writes music but now he, like everyone from Lady Gaga to the unknown vocalist with a ukulele and a webcam, gives it away to sell it. It’s a crazy business model that works.

 
The high cost of overtreatment | Print |  Email
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Monday, November 11, 2013
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER

11.11.13 Thumbnail HealthCostsBetter safe than sorry. That’s how we tend to think about health care decisions. But as a guiding principle, it’s often a huge and costly mistake.


 
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