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Time has arrived to make hard choices

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By Craig Carnick If you want to watch something alarming, look at the U.S. Debt Clock at www.usdebtclock.org. It calculates, second-by-second, America’s rising debt (approaching $14 trillion), federal spending (nearly $3.5 trillion a year) and budget deficit (roughly $1.3 trillion). Second-by-second the numbers increase, and you can also watch (more slowly) the inexorable rise in… Continue Reading Time has arrived to make hard choices

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‘American Dream’

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By Scott Smith and Doug Quimby Editor’s note: The writers, both executives at La Plata Communities, crafted the following parody of Don McLean’s hit song “American Pie” with hopes that he would forgive their trespasses. A long, long time ago, I can still remember, How that market used to make me smile. And I knew… Continue Reading ‘American Dream’

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A tough Thanksgiving for this nonprofit

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Funding cuts in human services have been regular news for several years. To decision-makers in Denver, budget cuts mean changing numbers on spreadsheets to make expenses match revenues. The practice is to cut uniformly across agencies and programs without evaluating the impact of these spreadsheet changes. On Oct. 1 of this year the state of… Continue Reading A tough Thanksgiving for this nonprofit

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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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