* Name: André Martin
* Organization: The Center for Creative Leadership
* Position: Senior associate
* Hometown: Branson, Mo.
* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 2.5 years
* Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami University, master’s degree in organization psychology from St. Louis University, doctoral degree in organization psychology from St. Louis University
* A few words about your company: The Center for Creative Leadership is a nonprofit executive development and research institution dedicated to advancing the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide. The center ranks first in the world for leadership development in Business Week’s biennial “Executive Education Special Report.”
* Recent accomplishments: Leading a research project examining future leadership trends in U.S. and non-U.S. organizations
* Paper and presentation to the European Academy of Business
* Accepted as a speaker for the 7th Global Leadership Forum in Istanbul
* Speaker and facilitator for the Springs Youth Challenge.
* Biggest career break: Being asked to join the Walt Disney World Resorts as an organization development consultant in 1999.
* The toughest part of your job: Saying “no.” My dual role as a researcher and trainer affords me the opportunity to participate in a variety of initiatives from facilitating programs to leading research projects to developing new products and services. It is difficult to choose between the many opportunities.
* Someone you admire: The young adults I have worked with this year in the Springs Youth Challenge. Until I met these gifted and aspiring leaders, I feared for the future. It is in their dreams that I again have hope that the world will be safe, good and true.
* About your family: I have two brothers – one lives in Denver with his wife and daughter. Becoming an uncle has been a highlight of my year.
* Something else you’d like to accomplish: To write and publish a novel and start a school for underprivileged youth that is dedicated to the exploration of untapped potential
* How your business will change in the next decade: Greater complexity and constant change are bearing down on organizations at an increasing rate. Leaders will need to develop greater agility in their approach by building additional skills in areas like change leadership, collaboration and intuitive decision-making.
* What book are you currently reading? “The Wisdom of Crowds” by James Surowiecki.
* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? Our ability to capitalize on diversity. From the Christian right to the military to the artists in Manitou where I live, there are so many unique perspectives in this city, so many missed opportunities to create a single, powerful identity. I would like to see a greater emphasis on what we share in common instead of what clearly separates us.