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5 great books on leadership

11.30.12 Thumbnail BooksEffective leaders are constantly learning. To help you keep learning, here are five of leadership expert Tom Cox's favorite books, old and new, for growing a CEO’s or a manager’s capabilities. 

Overwhelmed? Here's how to beat it

10.31.12 Thumbnail OverwhelmedFor certain kinds of overwhelm the primary problem is that your brain has its activity stuck in the wrong area.  You overcome the feeling, by moving the activity to a different part of the brain.  You act differently, which makes you think differently, and then finally you feel things differently. 

Business leaders predict health care cost hikes

10.29.12 Thumbnail HealthcareAn online survey of 300 readers of Oregon Business magazine indicates a majority holds an unfavorable opinion of the federal Affordable Care Act, believing it will increase private health insurance premiums.

Uncover the circumstantial evidence

10.12.12 Thumbnail FactsThere are excellent companies that handle swings in client work and still turn out high quality results. Whenever someone attributes any type result (especially a bad result) to “circumstances” you can be sure they’re in denial. Those excellent companies face “circumstances,” too — they just handle them differently, says leadership expert Tom Cox.

Meetings can be meaningful — really

09.20.12 Thumbnail MeetingsWhen you begin to participate more fully in meetings, they will be come more valuable, and stop being boring. Meeting advice by leadership expert Tom Cox.

Drop the arrogance and learn to coach

09.06.12 Thumbnail BossCoachOnce an executive lets go of his or her own sense of superiority — their arrogance — and return to the level of being human, they become more effective. Read more by leadership expert Tom Cox.

Demand less, become more effective

08.24.12 Thumbnail DemandLessThe effective CEO recruits for strength where she herself is weak, in order to round out a diverse team. However it’s not enough to let leaders play to their natural strengths — each leader needs to encapsulate “just enough” of both capabilities.

Food carts switching to mobile payments

08.23.12 Thumbnail PaymentFoodcartEighteen months ago, 25% of food-cart owners in Portland used mobile payment options. That number is now more than half. “With the newer carts coming in, [owners] are younger, more tech savvy. It’s not an afterthought, it’s part of what they do,” says Brett Burmeister, managing editor of FoodCartsPortland.com.

CEOs: just start measuring

08.16.12 Thumbnail MeasureFor every leader who loves numbers, there is a skeptic. They both have points — without measures, we cannot tell how we are doing, yet many metrics seem arbitrary or measure the wrong thing.  Meanwhile, often the right goals seem immeasurable.