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High-desert drones in Central Oregon | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Thursday, August 04, 2011

ben-blogOregon State University and Economic Development for Central Oregon have signed an agreement to collaborate on research and commercialization in the fast-growing unmanned aerial vehicles industry.

 
Justice for all? After debt debacle, not anymore | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

imo-blogIf you weren’t convinced already, the negotiations over the debt ceiling ought to have cleared up any doubt that Congress is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. But the debt negotiations are simply the latest and most extreme example of a trend on Capitol Hill toward the use of unbending rules, triggers, ticking bombs, and other devices to compensate for dysfunction and the inability to make progress on important issues.

 
Why do companies resist change? | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011
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Even though we are in the middle of the fastest-changing business climate ever seen. But some companies refuse to make a change in order to better meet the needs and wants of their consumers. What are the reasons we resist change?

 
Central Oregon progress comes with caveats | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ben-blogFacebook has announced that it will build a second data center in Prineville. InEnTec has raised $20 million. Black Butte Ranch is investing $3.75 million in a golf remodel. And Cascade Bancorp has reported a $2 million quarterly profit. Is Central Oregon’s economy finally returning to health?

 
The good and bad of corporate strategy | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

imo-blogPortland economist Bill Conerly says one of the most important short papers on corporate strategy has just been published by McKinsey Quarterly. In "The Perils of Bad Strategy," Richard Rumelt explains common errors in developing corporate strategy, based on his forthcoming book.

 
Gain power through self-management | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

imo-blogPower is a measure of work per unit of time. As you use your time better, you become more powerful. Growing your power is a wonderful goal, because every time you make progress, you get more meaningful work done with less time and effort.

 
Google+ a Facebook killer or a bust? | Print |  Email
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

imo-blogThe announcement of Google+, the newest addition to the social media world, is intriguing for multiple reasons and has people wondering if it may be the official answer to Facebook.

 
Sowing the seeds of cash | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ben-blogEight local startups won $25,000 apiece from the Portland Seed Fund in an upbeat ceremony Tuesday, and one of those chosen eight, Geoloqi, also announced a larger seed investment of $300,000 from local entrepreneurs.

 
Small biz owners are still in the dumps | Print |  Email
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Monday, July 18, 2011

imo-blogSmall business is down in the dumps. Just compare the attitudes shown in NFIB's survey of small business owners with the Business Roundtable's survey of corporate CEOs. It sure seems that the corporate honchos are feeling better than they did before the recession, whereas small biz owners are up from the depths of the downturn, but not yet back to where they had been.

 
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