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Summer jobs elude teenagers

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

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

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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

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Monday, June 18, 2012

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

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Friday, June 08, 2012

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

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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.

 

How to write a thank you note

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

imo-blogFew things differentiate you more than the way you make other people feel when they interact with you. Many top CEOs and politicians make a point of writing personal notes to people who have done them favors. 

 
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