Blogs

Highlights from the OEN awards

09.21.12 Thumbnail EntrepreneurThe Oregon Entrepreneurs Network celebrates with an Academy Awards theme, praise for Oregon's community-oriented start up scene, and zero female award nominees.

Meetings can be meaningful — really

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.