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4 steps to faster, better strategic planning

01.11.13 Thumbnail 4stepsFor 10 years, Jill struggled to make a profit. At over $8 million in sales, her specialty call center should have been providing her with annual profits of 8-12% or between $640,000 and a million dollars. Instead she paid herself a “good-enough” salary and saw profits trickle in at 1/2% — just $50,000.  She didn’t own a business, she owned a job. Jill had done strategic planning of the “blue sky” variety many times. That kind of planning is worthless, says leadership expert Tom Cox.

John Mitchell predicts cloudy economy, few silver linings

t JohnMitchellDuring a talk at the Portland Business Alliance Forum, Oregon economist John Mitchell predicts slow progress for 2013, long-term stagnation and an epic clash of generations.

HP and Microsoft just aren't fun

01.09.13 Thumbnail HPWindowsHP's profitability is getting crushed and Microsoft's Windows 8 gamble hasn't exactly revolutionized the computing world.  Each of these companies has pursued a misguided path in the name of "strategy".  The truth is that this direction wasn't a viable strategy for either company because it didn't address the real problems either one faced.

Three strategy insights for small business

01.04.13 Thumbnail StrategyGood strategy lets you outmaneuver your bigger competitors. Bad strategy can sink your business. Here are three insights from leadership expert Tom Cox that you can use to harness strategic thinking and planning for your small business.

Elephants lead zoo expansion

12.21.12 Thumbnail ElephantsWith elephant calf Lily nearly three weeks old, the Oregon Zoo has a more tangible reason to expand their elephant enclosure. On Tuesday, Metro unanimously approved two resolutions to help the state’s most popular paid tourist attraction expand.

Creating a CEO Calendar

12.19.12 Thumbnail CalendarCreate and measure success, month by month, with a CEO (or Executive) Calendar.

Gun business booming

12.18.12 Thumbnail GunsIn the aftermath of recent shootings, Oregon gun businesses report an increase in sales, and a surge in the personal protection market.

The world according to Mark Nelson

12.14.12 Thumbnail LobbyistAn influential Salem lobbyist weighs in on Gov. John Kitzhaber’s health care and early childhood learning plans, the future of Oregon Head Start and the inner workings of that mysterious entity, the Oregon Committee.

Good season despite climate change worries

12.13.12 Thumbnail SkiOregon prides itself on having the longest ski season in the U.S., with November-May openings. But a new report projects climate change will warm winter temperatures 4-10 degrees by the end of the century, threatening the long snow season that allows Oregon's winter sports industry to thrive.