Coos Bay redoing wireless network

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Friday, March 08, 2013

Coos Bay's wireless network is getting an upgrade by late April.

 

Oregon gets more time for casino plan

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Friday, March 08, 2013

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs granted Oregon an extra 60 days to comment on the Coquille Indian Tribe's proposed Medford casino.

 

Portland works to fix $25M budget shortfall

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is working with his staff to find solutions to the city's $25 million general fund budget shortfall.

 

Kitzhaber goes pro-EV

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Gov. Kitzhaber formalized his support of Oregon's pro-electric vehicle efforts.

 

Call center bringing 350 jobs to Eugene

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Sykes Enterprises has leased a space in downtown Eugene where it will provide third-party phone services.

 

Telemarketers get most consumer complaints

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Oregon Department of Justice released its top 10 consumer complaints for 2012, and telemarketers topped the list for the second year in a row.

 

Fax problems may delay tax returns

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

A problem with the Oregon Department of Revenue's phone system caused 644 faxed submissions to arrive incomplete.

 
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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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