Blogs

Keep a thin skin

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

03.05.13 Thumbnail BossLeaders shouldn’t be “thick skinned” — not if that means shrugging off negative feedback that might actually be correct. Leaders need to be emotionally resilient, unattached to outcomes, and assume positive intent.

 

The 2013 100 Best Companies are announced

BY LINDA BAKER | OREGON BUSINESS EDITOR

0313 Cover ThumbnailThe 20th annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon list was announced Thursday night at an awards dinner at the Oregon Convention Center. There were 273 companies participating in this year’s 100 Best survey, which analyzes Oregon companies’ best practices toward creating great places to work. This year, almost 14,000 Oregon employees completed the survey.

Strategic execution- outside the core

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

02.25.13 Thumbnail CoreWhen I work with senior teams, they share a common bias across firms and industries — they over-value the uniqueness of their industry, firm, or niche, and they over-value innovative changes in their self-identified Core Business. And they fail to put appropriate focus on off-the-shelf innovations available in the non-core processes.

Start benchmarking in five minutes

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

02.08.13 Thumbnail BenchmarkThe hardest part of starting to track your performance is to just start. So, just start quick and dirty. It’s worth it — you’ll dramatically boost your odds of achieving your goals by spending 5 minutes setting up benchmarks.
 

Strategic execution- please stop innovating

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

02.01.13 Blog WagonWheelWant more real breakthroughs faster in your firm or department? Here’s an easy way: stop “innovating” so much.

 
 

Four keys to successful small business blogging and social media

BY TY KIISEL | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

01.25.13 Thumbnail SocialMediaShould small business owners consider blogging and social media to promote their businesses? Yes—and maybe, provided you do it right. 


 

Business accelerator mini-boom continues

BY LINDA BAKER | OREGON BUSINESS EDITOR

01.24.13 Thumbnail MentorNew business accelerators sprout, underscoring their importance to the entrepreneurial ecosystem while raising questions about incubator success rates.
 
 

How to form a strategic advisory board

01.23.13 Thumbnail AdviceWhat can a private company do, to harness the kind of intellectual firepower that most of us can’t even access in our wildest dreams? Recruit an Advisory Board.

 

In today's workforce, a high IQ isn't enough

01.18.13 Thumbnail JobSkillsAbout 53% of CEOs said that they see a lack of skills as a major challenge facing their organization. Nearly 55% of workers feel pressure to acquire new skills. But here’s the catch, only 25% of them actually feel like they are getting the support that they need. It’s simply not working. We’re not preparing for the future if we don’t invest in the present.