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Linda Baker
Friday, March 01, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Monday, February 25, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Friday, February 08, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Friday, February 01, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Friday, January 25, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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 | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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 | Print |  Email
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Friday, January 18, 2013

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.

 
Could legalizing same-sex marriage boost Oregon's economy? | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

01.16.13 Thumbnail GayMarriageNow that our neighbors to the north have legalized same-sex marriage with Referendum 74, supporters hope Oregon will do the same on the next ballot in November 2014. The economic impact to Oregon could number in the millions. 

 
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OB Poll: Wineries and groceries

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24-winethumbA majority of respondents agreed: Local vineyards should remain Oregon-owned and quality is the most important factor when determining where to eat or buy groceries.


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There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

In this issue, we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not just about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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Oregon tribes still bet on casinos.


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