Small 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.
It 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.
Mark 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.
An 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.
Transitions 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.
We’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.
While 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.
Recent 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.
The 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.