Contributed Blogs

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.

What is the education stability fund for?

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

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

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

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

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.