Contributed Blogs

Avoiding employee disengagement

01.07.14 Thumbnail Engaged EmployeesBY MICHAEL BECK | OB BLOGGER

Many organizations recognize the importance of improved engagement, but the result of their efforts to improve engagement are generally poor because they are misguided.

Introducing OB's new Web Editor

01.03.14 Thumbnail MillenialsBY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR

Introducing Jessica Ridgway, Oregon Business' new web editor. Ridgway will report on a variety of millennial issues.

Lessons learned from Oregon software failures

01.02.14 Thumbnail SoftwareBY ERIC FRUITS | OB BLOGGER

Cover Oregon’s fizzled launch has been a high profile disaster. But the state's history of multi-million dollar software disasters can teach us some valuable lessons.

It's still the news(paper)

12.24.13 Thumbnail NewspapersBY MARK BLAINE | OB BLOGGER

The Oregonian's move to a reduced distribution schedule is one more piece of evidence that the future of print newspapers is on a downward trajectory. Print is dying. Right?

 

Developing your personal brand

BY MICHAEL BECK | OB BLOGGER
12.09.13 Thumbnail Brand

How do you help people learn "who you are?"  The key is consistently communicating in a way that reflects your values and philosophies.

 

A spark to light Oregon’s employment engine

BY ERIC FRUITS | OB BLOGGER

11.21.13 Thumbnail WorkersRight-to-work policies liberalize labor market conditions by loosening some of the most restrictive features of labor legislation enacted during the Great Depression. In Oregon, the Public Employee Choice Act would provide right-to-work protections to public employees.

'80s music icon goes digital

OB ThumbnailImage MarvRossBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

In 1980, Marv Ross wrote and recorded a catchy little original called Harden My Heart that helped Quarterflash land a deal with Geffen Records. Ross still writes music but now he, like everyone from Lady Gaga to the unknown vocalist with a ukulele and a webcam, gives it away to sell it. It’s a crazy business model that works.

The high cost of overtreatment

BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER

11.11.13 Thumbnail HealthCostsBetter safe than sorry. That’s how we tend to think about health care decisions. But as a guiding principle, it’s often a huge and costly mistake.


Meet Oregon’s ‘Gen E’

10.23.13 Thumbnail GenEBY MIKE GREEN | OB BLOGGER

Portland’s Kayin Talton Davis is one of the many faces of Oregon’s "Gen E." Generation Entrepreneur is comprised of innovators, inventors, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, multimedia content providers, branded bloggers and crafts makers who range in ages from seasoned Gen Xers to adolescent millennials.