Contributed Blogs

Creating a more strategic team

07.27.12 Thumbnail OfficeMeetingCEOs often have senior leaders who don’t “get a seat at the strategy table.” It’s a tremendous lost opportunity, and it’s almost entirely the fault of the CEO. Leadership consultant Tom Cox explains how to fix it.

Summer jobs elude teenagers

07.25.12 Thumbnail BrokeTeenThe summertime job for teens is becoming a thing of the past. Teenagers are less employed now than any other time in the past 70 years.

Blazes fuel incremental growth

07.18.12 Thumbnail FireThe conflagrations in Southeast Oregon have not yielded a big uptick in business for private firefighters and equipment operators.

How to listen to complaints as a CEO

07.13.12 Thumbmail TomCoxThe business owner or CEO is the inevitable recipient of problems, complaints, and suggestions. The tide of them can feel overwhelming. Here’s the three-stage “Listen – Redirect – Empower” formula Tom Cox teaches to CEOs (and managers) on how to handle complaints and suggestions most effectively.

Oregon beef industry weathers rising costs

07.11.12 Thumbmail CattleThanks to current high beef prices, regional management practices, relatively temperate weather and potatoes, Oregon’s beef producers stand to gain from the national drought.

Getting in — and out — of the weeds

06.28.12 Weeds ThumbnailShould you be a ‘big picture’ leader or should you ‘sweat the small stuff’?  The best leaders do both — the real trick is to swap between the two regularly, without allowing yourself to become fooled.

How to ask for help

06.21.12 Help ThumbnailBy never caring how they look, the best executives end up looking great — looking like someone who gets results.  (Women are much better than men in this area.) Leadership expert Tom Cox explains.

How to be grateful

imo-blogSteve was on the brink of being fired. At best, he would be stripped of his coveted management role and revert to being a staffer — as he had been for over a decade. It wasn’t clear if he would ever get another shot at promotion. And it was my job to save him. The diagnosis was easy — Steve was ungrateful. And ungrateful bosses create bad performance.

Making the best use of an intern

imo-blogWhen done correctly, internships present an awesome way to get traction on important goals with little effort, while sounding out a potential future hire.  Sadly, most internships are not used correctly by the employer.  Here are four steps to doing it right.