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I have lived in Colorado for the last 42 years, most of it in Colorado Springs.  For most of this time Colorado has been a great place that attracted families, businesses and talented people.  The last two decades have been different and I have struggled to figure out why and what to do about it.… Continue Reading Envisioning adequate police, nourished children

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Delivering effective feedback

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As a leader, you know that you should be giving feedback. Yet, because feedback can be difficult to give and receive, chances are high that you delay and avoid feedback conversations. While you know that feedback is a vital ingredient for success at work, it is also complex and fraught with contradictions, such as: Your… Continue Reading Delivering effective feedback

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Small business buried in paperwork

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Why do all the pro-small-business speeches offered by politicians make life so difficult for the entrepreneurs who innovate, spur economic growth, and create jobs? In late July, President Obama held a photo op at a small business in New Jersey. “Small businesses create two out of every three jobs in this country,” he said. “So… Continue Reading Small business buried in paperwork

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Blue Star Recyclers puts disabled to work

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By Dennis Huspeni To anyone else, the huge pile of old computers stacked at Blue Star Recyclers looks like trash. But Bill Morris sees something else in that jumbled pile — jobs. And the bigger Morris can make that pile, the more jobs Blue Star can create. “That’s our mission statement,” said Morris, Blue Star’s… Continue Reading Blue Star Recyclers puts disabled to work

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Exporting vital to city’s economy

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Colorado Springs is used to being at the top of the class. We get ranked No. 1 or in the top 10 in dozens of important lists about community success. However, the newest report released by the Brookings Institute on its study on exports in the Intermountain region does not give our area our usual… Continue Reading Exporting vital to city’s economy

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President Obama’s ‘tinkle on economics’

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Well, I’ve unlocked the secret of President Obama’s agenda for the economy. It certainly was not easy. But it finally came to me as the President signed the financial regulatory bill in July. Apparently, the President of the United States, his top advisers, along with the current leadership in Congress, believe that best way to… Continue Reading President Obama’s ‘tinkle on economics’

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Hired gun or steward? You decide

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If you are a business, division, or team leader who does not personally own the business or organization in which you have a leadership role, congratulations. You are in the majority — executives hired to manage privately-held or publicly-traded companies, government or nonprofit organizations or divisions, on behalf of the owner(s) or community. You have… Continue Reading Hired gun or steward? You decide

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When it comes to the New York Yankees, you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. That’s been the case for almost 90 years now, since the Yanks became a powerhouse in the 1920s. But over the past 37 years, the same could be said for the team’s owner, George Steinbrenner. In fact, over those decades,… Continue Reading George Steinbrenner: Not quite the capitalist

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Seeds of innovation already in the ground

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The Denver Post ran a lengthy article recently about the “innovation culture” that characterizes Boulder. The article spoke glowingly about the entrepreneurial job-creation machine that exists in that city. For instance, it is noted that there are more than 8,900 businesses with fewer than 20 employees that call Boulder home. It also noted that most… Continue Reading Seeds of innovation already in the ground

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President Obama is no fan of fossil fuels. Instead, he likes wind and solar. Unfortunately, energy via winds and the sun is unreliable and extremely costly. Part of the big costs come from government handouts. In his radio and online address on July 3, the president dressed up taxpayer subsidies as plusses for the economy.… Continue Reading Obama using lofty logic for wind, solar energy

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