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Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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“We have a ‘strategic’ plan. It’s called doing things.” Admittedly, Herb Kelleher’s legendary Rambo-esque style of leadership is appealing. The former CEO of Southwest Airlines has a point. Few enjoy sitting in a stuffy board room victimized by droning reports and deadly dull presentations — a common perception of strategic planning. So some leaders, especially… Continue Reading Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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When did taking the easy way out become the way to do business? Or to boost the economy, build communities, improve our schools, raise our kids and solve our problems? When did we decide that being a leader was a cushy job? Continue Reading Taking the hard road in tackling complex challenges

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Leveraging the Springs’ industrial identity

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New research into the power of industry clusters to drive regional economic development has led to the term “industrial identity Continue Reading Leveraging the Springs’ industrial identity

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Doubling down on education worth risk

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“As far as I’m concerned, gambling’s proof that humans aren’t evolving,” Tim commented on the way home from Cripple Creek. “We know for a fact that the odds are stacked against us, but we still feed the machines.” I’d always had a sort of superior attitude toward the multitudes who head up Ute Pass to… Continue Reading Doubling down on education worth risk

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By Chris and David Jenkins Being fortunate to be in a position to provide much of the seed money and funding for the Initiative 300 campaign, we wanted to explain our motivation and why we regard this as so important for the long-term health of our beloved community. Frankly, our decision to invest this seed… Continue Reading Developers: ‘Strong mayor’ measure will add accountability to city government

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Keating fails to make honest comparisons

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Raymond Keating’s Sept. 24 column, headlined “U.S. needs less government to thrive,” showed he’s not much of a myth-buster. His first myth: Government spending will boost — or “stimulate” — the economy. He destroys this with the hard evidence of opinion polls. By his fallacious logic, government spending doesn’t work because a July 2010 Rasmussen… Continue Reading Keating fails to make honest comparisons

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Leading and managing from afar

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By Kae Rader The phenomenon of remote working, that is, working outside an organization’s office or workspace, is here to stay and on the rise, presenting new leadership and management challenges. Nearly 14 million U.S. full-time workers performed their jobs remotely almost every day in 2008, according to global human resources firm WorldatWork. The total… Continue Reading Leading and managing from afar

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By Greg Lopez Small Business Administration Colorado Director Cash flow is the lifeblood of all small businesses. Cash flow allows a business to make payroll, pay suppliers, and keep its doors open. We have been told that there is a credit crunch and that small business lenders are no longer extending lines of credit to… Continue Reading Five critical steps to securing capital for small business

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Quality of life: Worth work

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By John “JD” Dallager and Susan Saksa Last month, the fourth edition of the Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region was released. This 124-page publication is modeled after community benchmark and report-card initiatives that drive successful community strategies, actions, and accountability in cities and counties across the country. These efforts to develop comprehensive… Continue Reading Quality of life: Worth work

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Much potential lies with Memorial nonprofit status

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By Larry McEvoy Memorial Health System is Colorado Springs’ largest employer outside the military. It generated $15 million in earnings last year, and it employs more than 4,000 people with some of the region’s best-paying jobs. But Memorial’s dollars and jobs today are just a part of real value and unrecognized growth ahead. Imagine if… Continue Reading Much potential lies with Memorial nonprofit status

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