Contributed Blogs

Finger-pointing still rages over cause of meltdown

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.

CEOs need to use transitions for true transformation

imo-blogTransitions are dangerous times for any business — not just when a firm is bought or sold, or when there’s a new CEO — and they are also times of tremendous opportunity. Navigating through a change that puts the firm at risk is critical to the life of a company.

Homegrown jobs for Oregon

imo-blogWe’ve heard a lot about jobs bills this year. (Interestingly, the “JOBS” pins some lobbyists wear in the Oregon Capitol are made in Canada.) Many cause controversy – more critics are questioning tax breaks, and weakening environmental protections raises concerns. One humble proposal with broad bipartisan support could positively impact how we encourage job creation. It’s called Grow Oregon.

Businesses: prepare for .XXX

imo-blogWhile it may seem that your business is at capacity dealing with .com, .net, .org, and all the other web suffixes that are already out there, this year a new web suffix will be introduced — .xxx, which will be targeted at the adult entertainment industry. In addition to other general concerns about content on the Internet, .xxx brings with it more concerns for brand owners protecting their intellectual property online.

Protect against discrimination lawsuits

imo-blogRecent decisions by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have made it easier for employees to file frivolous claims against Oregon employers. Employers should know that there is a double standard when it comes to recovering attorney fees in discrimination lawsuits.

5 ways to boost your personal energy

imo-blogThe whole concept of “worklife balance” may be completely wrong. Rather than a zero-sum game — give up work hours to gain playtime — new research shows we can turbocharge our work time by investing in and prioritizing play.

The solution to unemployment? Jobs.

imo-blogContrary to what you sometimes hear, we can help the structurally unemployed through job creation. Those who insist, contrary to the evidence, that the problem we face right now is mostly structural cannot use this to argue against a job creation program.

Can't see the forest for the trees

imo-blogWhile still struggling with 9% unemployment, the powers that be in the great state of Oregon have done a remarkable job ignoring the obvious concerning job creation. Due to abundant rainfall and a mild climate Oregon is still one of the best places on planet earth to grow trees.

Social media can be a desert of despair

imo-blogFor every big-city food cart vendor using Twitter to advertise lunch specials and bring in hungry workers, there’s a befuddled entrepreneur dutifully Twittering or Facebooking away to no useful effect — or worse, getting sucked into Farmville and forgetting to mind the store.