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SEIU reaches contract deal with state

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Service Employees International Union reached a tentative agreement with the State of Oregon, averting a strike.

 

Lane County home sales up

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The number of both home sales and new home listings showed double-digit increases in Lane County compared to last year.

 

Oregon construction pitches industry to teens

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Construction firms and trade unions foresee hiring many new young workers in the next few years.

 

Pacific Continental reports 19% gain

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pacific Continental Corp. reported $3.7 million earnings in the second quarter, a 19% gain over last year.

 

LaCrosse Footwear president leaves

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

LaCrosse Footwear president Robert Sasaki left the company "for personal reasons."

 

Dialsmith develops marketing tech

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Beaverton-based Dialsmith makes a small device called a perception analyzer that helps in marketing research in 45 countries.

 

Nike renews Tiger Woods endorsement

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nike, one of the few sponsors that stuck by Tiger Woods through his adultery scandal, renewed an endorsement deal with the golfer.

 
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The short list: Holiday habits of six Oregon CEOs

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121214-xmaslist1BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

We ask business and nonprofit leaders how they survive the season.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

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Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.


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Election Season

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We didn’t intend this issue to have an election season theme. But politics has a way of seeping into the cracks and fissures.


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Kill the Meeting

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Meetings get a bad rap. A few local companies make them count.


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Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

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Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.


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On Friday, Uber switched on an app — and with one push of the button torpedoed Portland’s famed public process.


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