Estate tax measure fails

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Oregon voters rejected Measure 84, which would abolish estate taxes. The state will continue to tax inherited estates worth more than $1 million.

 

Banks city manager quits abruptly

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Banks City Manager Kyle Awesome quit abruptly, after local newspaper the Forest Grove Leader raised questions about his background and resume.

 

Retailers and online stores battle

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Brick-and-mortar retailers and online stores are going head-to-head for holiday dollars.

 

Oregon's economy slows further

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Oregon's economy fell in September, thanks to one of the sharpest monthly jobs losses since the recession.

 

NatureBake merging into Dave's Killer Bread

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Milwaukie-based NatureBake is merging into its popular Dave's Killer Bread brand.

 

Golden Temple dispute over

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The three-year dispute over control of a Eugene natural foods company was settled with business and religious leaders dropping claims against each other.

 

Oregon tech on election night broadcasts

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Wilsonville-based Perceptive Pixel's touch screen technology will be used in election night broadcasts.

 
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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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