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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.

 
Oregon launches Wellness@Work | Print |  Email
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
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Two years of collaboration between the Oregon Health Authority and business leaders has resulted in a new initiative called Wellness@Work. The initiative's website launched this week with tools for companies to check their current wellness level and simple ideas on how to improve the health of employees.

 
The fundamental desire to achieve, and its price | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

imo-blogIt is difficult to walk through a bookstore without encountering numerous books about achievement.  Some are general, concentrating on what it takes to be a winner, while others are specific to certain types of business or certain types of investments.  Sprinkled throughout these shelves at regular intervals will be biographies and autobiographies of highly famous or highly successful people.  Implicit in all of these stories is the "formula" that these people used to achieve success.

 
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There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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