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Friday, January 11, 2013

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 | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Thursday, January 10, 2013

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 | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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 | Print |  Email
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Friday, January 04, 2013

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 | Print |  Email
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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 | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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

The world according to Mark Nelson | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Friday, December 14, 2012

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 | Print |  Email
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

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.

It's time to take stock as the year ends | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12.12.12 Thumbnail TomCoxPart of your end-of-year routine should be to take stock. What did you learn in 2012? How will you make 2013 better? This is a form of benchmarking. Comparing yourself to yourself, and to others, and looking for ways to do better. Leadership expert Tom Cox tells you how to do it.

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