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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

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.

President's austerity plan is the wrong strategy for stimulating the economy | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

imo-blogMark Thoma found President Obama's remarks this week on deficit reduction talks with the Republicans disappointing on several fronts: First, that the president seems committed to doing whatever it takes to reach a deal; and second, that Obama has adopted austerity as a valid means of stimulating the economy.

Finger-pointing still rages over cause of meltdown | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

imo-blogAn email from one of the authors of Reckless Endangerment, Josh Rosner, pushes back against my post on the book and how it is being used by conservatives to try to blame the financial crisis on Fannie, Freddie, the Community Reinvestment Acts (CRA), and Democrats.

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