RYU gets new CEO

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Portland-based apparel brand Respect Your Universe named Craig Brod as new CEO.

 

ShopIgniter CEO joins REI's board

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

REI appointed Portland startup ShopIgniter's CEO Matt Compton to its board for a one-year term.

 

Brandefined grows to 32 employees in two years

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Beaverton-based online marketing company Brandefined grew from two to 32 employees since launching in 2011.

 

Oregon third among bike-friendly states

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The League of American Bicyclists ranked Oregon in third place among bicycle friendly states.

 

Homeownership falls to lowest level since 1995

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The U.S. homeownership rate has fallen to its lowest point since 1995, at just 65%. Oregon's homeownership rate is 62.3%.

 

GoodBean, Caldera plan coffee-flavored beer

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ashland's Caldera Brewing is teaming up with GoodBean coffee to create a coffee beer.

 

Rose Garden employees can reapply for jobs

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The 900 Rose Garden employees being laid off by the former operator will be able to reapply for jobs by the new operators.

 
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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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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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