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Social media can be a desert of despair

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Monday, June 13, 2011

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.

 

What is the education stability fund for?

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
imo-blogThis is, by almost any measure, the worst economic recession since the great depression. The recession has hit Oregon public schools particularly hard, given their dependence on the state's general fund and the general fund's dependence on income taxes. Because of the volatile nature of education funding in the state, the Education Stability Fund (ESF) was created to help cushion the blow to schools from economic downturns.
 

Turmoil for the telecom industry

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

imo-blogEconomic uncertainty is only one significant issue facing the telecom industry now, but it intertwines with the technological changes and social changes that are causing so much turmoil in the industry. Once the path for consumer and business spending is defined, the other changes affecting the industry will fall into clearer focus.

 

To be a leader, you must be a follower

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Thursday, May 19, 2011
imo-blogHow do leaders become leaders? By attracting or creating followers. (As Steve Balzac likes to say, “A leader without followers is just a guy taking a walk.”) How can you reliably build a following?  You do it by being a follower — by following a set of values, and modeling followership to others.
 

Wage violations? There's an app for that, too

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Friday, May 13, 2011
imo-blogCreating evidence to bolster a wage and hour lawsuit has never been easier. Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor launched its free iPhone and iPad app designed to help employees who want to keep their own time records — just in case.
 

Hostile culture will kill "lean" efforts

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Monday, May 09, 2011

imo-blogThe great business breakthrough of the 20th century may be Lean (and Six Sigma) — techniques that cut waste and can dramatically boost productivity. Yet many firms can’t make Lean work for them.

 

7 rules of extreme time management

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
imo-blogIn today’s business world, the old time management techniques are no longer enough. With the increasing pace of change, the pressures of downsizing and the growing expectation of instant communication and fast responsiveness, the tools and practices you used to manage your time are outdated.
 

The economics of cities

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Monday, April 11, 2011

imo-blogEvery business leader should understand the role that cities play in economic, and corporate, growth. A good way to get that understanding is Ed Glaeser's new book, The Triumph of Cities.
Glaeser makes the critical point that cities are where people communicate the most.

 

How to rescue the problem project

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Monday, April 04, 2011

imo-blogAs CEO you are the last line of defense in stopping a problem project from spinning out-of-control. How can you ensure that projects stay on track — and when they do not, how do you identify them, and save them or cut them off? According to Todd Williams, long time project rescue professional and author of the new book Rescue the Problem Project, the first sign of trouble is … silence.

 
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