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Meetings can be meaningful — really | Print |  Email
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

09.20.12 Thumbnail MeetingsWhen you begin to participate more fully in meetings, they will be come more valuable, and stop being boring. Meeting advice by leadership expert Tom Cox.

 
Foreclosures shifting to courts | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Thursday, September 13, 2012

09.13.12 Thumbnail ForeclosureA new court ruling and mediation requirement are helping shift foreclosures to the courts, with uncertain impacts on homeowners and Oregon's stock of underwater homes.

 
Drop the arrogance and learn to coach | Print |  Email
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Thursday, September 06, 2012

09.06.12 Thumbnail BossCoachOnce an executive lets go of his or her own sense of superiority — their arrogance — and return to the level of being human, they become more effective. Read more by leadership expert Tom Cox.

 
Local, sustainable food can build a vital economy | Print |  Email
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

08.30.12 Thumbnail LocalFoodThere is a revolution happening in which globalization is not the best solution, in which the focus is increasingly local and has the most hope for creating jobs, building community, and improving our health. That revolution is around food: what we grow, how we grow it, how we distribute it, how we consume it. The phrase, “Think Globally, Act Locally” has never been more appropriate than when we talk about food. By wine industry pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser.

 
Demand less, become more effective | Print |  Email
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Friday, August 24, 2012

08.24.12 Thumbnail DemandLessThe effective CEO recruits for strength where she herself is weak, in order to round out a diverse team. However it’s not enough to let leaders play to their natural strengths — each leader needs to encapsulate “just enough” of both capabilities.

 
Food carts switching to mobile payments | Print |  Email
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

08.23.12 Thumbnail PaymentFoodcartEighteen months ago, 25% of food-cart owners in Portland used mobile payment options. That number is now more than half. “With the newer carts coming in, [owners] are younger, more tech savvy. It’s not an afterthought, it’s part of what they do,” says Brett Burmeister, managing editor of FoodCartsPortland.com.

 
A new school and new beginning in Vernonia | Print |  Email
Robin Doussard
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

08.22.12 Thumbnail VernoniaFinally, the day had come to savor the victory. It had been five years of uncertainty, fighting, wrangling, and putting up with going to school in some pretty sorry conditions. But after five years of herculean efforts by the community, supporters, funders and others, Vernonia’s new K-12 school was christened.

 
CEOs: just start measuring | Print |  Email
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Friday, August 17, 2012

08.16.12 Thumbnail MeasureFor every leader who loves numbers, there is a skeptic. They both have points — without measures, we cannot tell how we are doing, yet many metrics seem arbitrary or measure the wrong thing.  Meanwhile, often the right goals seem immeasurable.

 
Vetting Merkley's mass refinancing plan | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Thursday, August 16, 2012

08.16.12 Thumbnail HomeSen. Jeff Merkley's Rebuilding American Homeownership plan would allow underwater homeowners who are current on their mortgage to refinance at lower rates. Local bankers, realtors and economists weigh in on the proposal.

 
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