Contributed Blogs

Car ignition recalls and lean product design

04.11.14 thumb gm-gettyTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.

How to handle the unexpected

03.28.14 thumb disasterBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The next mysterious (or disastrous) event could be one that you or your team might suddenly need to respond to, probably under intense scrutiny.

How to help your staff solve their own problems

03.21.14 thumb coxcoffeeTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

During a recent talk to HR Directors, I asked if they saw leaders trying to solve every problem, instead of delegating to and empowering staff. Every head nodded. Every single one.

Tech makes the world go round

03.20.14 thumb internetBY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER

I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.

Leader's bookshelf

02.06.14 BooksBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Five books that will make you a better leader.

Business dispute resolution calls for proactive approach

02.03.14 Thumbnail ConflictBY ROBERT SHLACHTER AND MARK FRIEL | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

Alternative methods of dispute resolution have the potential to lower costs, increase efficiency and provide greater control over process. The key is to know which ones to use, and how to use them in a way that accomplishes those objectives.

Travel pays

01.30.14 Thumbnail ORTourismBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

A conversation with Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson.

How to simplify your life

01.24.14 Thumbnail SimpleZenBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

January needn’t be a time to make well intentioned promises to yourself that you soon break.

Why income inequality is the wrong issue

01.15.14 Thumbnail devinequalityBY MIKE GREEN | OB BLOGGER

The problem with the issue of income inequality is that it’s typically an afterthought to a region’s economic planning, and not a core priority around which primary economic strategies revolve.