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Uncover the circumstantial evidence

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Friday, October 12, 2012

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

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

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

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

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

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Friday, August 24, 2012

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

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

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

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Friday, August 17, 2012

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.

 

Nonstop flights will boost business

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

08.15.12 Thumbnail AirplaneNew nonstop flights from Portland International Airport will mean increased access for Oregon businesses to key locations. Beyond the obvious boon to consumers, businesses and business travelers will reap a huge benefit from the new nonstops.

 

Tourism's ups and downs

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

08.08.12 Thumbnail TouristIt’s too early in the summer to be definitive about how Oregon’s peak tourism season will shape up, but early reports show Europe’s ongoing economic woes is meaning fewer visitors from the United Kingdom to Stumptown, but more tourism coming from Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The nearly $9 billion industry showed very little growth last year and fingers are crossed that this year will be better.

 

New tech spurs growth of food processor

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

08.01.12 Thumbnail MeatProcessingAn embrace of a new food processing technology has led to quick growth and job creation for Pressure Safe, a spin-off company of Morasch Meats, a family-owned meat processing and packaging business based in Wood Village.

 
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