Guest Blog

The economy wants to recover

imo-blogLake Oswego-based economist Bill Conerly has updated his economic outlook for 2011-2012 after coming to the conclusion that the economy is on course to improve more quickly than he had originally anticipated.

The slow recovery of unemployment

imo-blogUntil University of Oregon economist Mark Thoma is sure that the economy is on firmer footing, and that employment prospects have improved substantially, he says he will continue to push back against the optimistic economic forecasts that are all the rage these days.

Dealing with difficult people

imo-blogCEOs have to deal with difficult people all the time - and sometimes they themselves are the difficult ones. What are some proven ways to deal with difficult people?

Handling the day you didn't expect

imo-blogWhat do you do when your work day takes an unexpected turn that makes your original plan impossible to achieve? Management consultant Tom Cox discusses the importance of Plan B.

An Irish Parable

imo-blogOnce upon a time, there was a country where bankers, fed up with regulation, dissatisfaction, and downright hostility,... went on strike, not once, but three times. That country was Ireland, as economist Umair Haque points out in a compelling parable highlighted by University of Oregon economist and guest blogger Mark Thoma.

Handling broken promises

imo-blogI just had a client ask about how to best handle a nagging problem -- his people were loose and lax about keeping internal promises and hitting internal deadlines.  It raises a question: How can you handle broken promises, with high integrity?

New media and craft beer

imo-blogThe craft brewing revolution predates e-mail, blogs, facebook, twitter, text messaging and all the related new media, but 25 years later the business has been radically transformed by the new media and especially social media.

What a volatile economy means to banks

imo-blogEconomist Bill Conerly sees the New Cyclicality hitting banking along with the rest of the business community. What does this mean to banks? Greater loan losses, more balance sheet variability, and some human resource challenges.

How CIOs can earn greater trust from the executive team

imo-blogHow can CIOs become more central to the process of setting strategy and direction for an organization? management consultant and author Tom Cox makes the case that the relationship begins with trust --- trust that must be earned.