Weekly News Roundup

The Five Things You Should Read This Week: September 18, 2015

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

What does it take to become a world champion public speaker? This article breaks down how Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani survived seven rounds of competition over a period of six months, beating 33,000 other competitors, to become the Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking.

Oregon's urban-rural legislative divide

In this opinion piece from The Oregonian, Senator Betsy Johnson, candidly discusses the divide between urban and rural legislators. She calls for the need to better understand each group's challenges, focusing on substance, not style.

Sponsor may drop 'right to work' union measure in Oregon after adverse legal ruling

After receiving a politically unpalatable ballot title, the sponsor of a proposed measure that would make union dues voluntary is considering abandoning the proposal. Closely watched by the state's unions, the measure would end the state law requiring public employees represented by union contracts to pay dues regardless of whether they join.

Former State Rep. Jim Thompson eyes comeback as Independent Party candidate

After losing his seat in the Republican primary last year, former state Rep. Jim Thompson announced that he wants to run again for the legislature under the banner of the Independent Party.

The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work

Want to change how you feel about work? It could be as simple as writing down three good things that happen every day. In this article, the Harvard Business Review tackles how to switch from focusing solely on negative experiences at work, to creating a positive feedback loop.

The Five Things You Should Read This Week: August 21, 2015


For Leadership, Do You Need a Ladder or a Compass?

While the notion of climbing the career ladder may be pervasive, it can also be damaging to your long term success. Bill George, Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School gathers perspectives from some of the most respected leaders of our time, and argues that it may be time to ditch the focus on climbing rungs for a less straightforward approach to career advancement.

The Independent Party joins major leagues in Oregon, but will it have much impact?

On Monday, the Independent Party of Oregon officially became the state's third major political party. This means that the Independent Party will be able to hold a tax-payer supported primary next year. However, opinions amongst political observers in Oregon are divided on whether or not this news will have much impact.

Ted Wheeler vs. Charlie Hales? Poll data, political buzz point to race for mayor, not governor

While some may have pegged Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler as a potential challenger to Governor Kate Brown, the buzz surrounding Wheeler has shifted to the upcoming mayoral race thanks to new polling data. Will we be looking at a Wheeler challenge to Mayor Charlie Hales?

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

You probably saw this article floating around your newsfeeds this week, and for good reason. While Amazon may often be lauded for their innovative ways of doing business, it turns out that innovation comes at a cost. According to the article, an unrelenting focus on overturning workplace conventions has bred a brutal work pace and "unreasonably high" standards.

The Structure of Gratitude

In this gem of a column, David Brooks examines the phenomenon of gratitude, and how powerfully our expectations structure our moods and emotions.