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At one in the morning, I looked out the window of my dark kitchen. The party was still going strong; people were happily chatting in the flicker of tiki torches; someone appeared to be doing a dance. I swallowed an Ambien, pondered the scene a moment more, and crawled under the covers. It wasn’t my… Continue Reading Seeing hope, one home rehab at a time

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An appetite to advance the greater good

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Maximizing assets, finding the right regional brand, creating a strong southern Colorado voice at the capitol, leveraging our incredible educational institutions and highlighting our national treasures. These were just a few of the opportunities that were identified during a summit convening business voices from around the region July 1 at the U.S. Air Force Academy.… Continue Reading An appetite to advance the greater good

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Productive energy: Key to profits

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When the workforce of 800 in a plant of a large technology company was asked what percentage of their productive energy they were giving to this company, their answer was 25 percent. “Productive energy” is a way of measuring how much the workforce is giving to the employer in terms of their commitment to the… Continue Reading Productive energy: Key to profits

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Is the current U.S. Supreme Court — or more accurately, a slim majority of justices — pro-business? Some decisions from the just-finished court term led to the “pro-business” label being hurled in an accusatory tone. A recent New York Times analysis quoted Lisa S. Blatt, who served in the solicitor general’s office for 13 years,… Continue Reading The Supreme Court: Business-friendly or not?

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Employees deserve 1-on-1 time

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The most significant gift that any manager can give is the consistent commitment of quality one-to-one time with others. Most of us know that quality time is a necessity in the home, and the principle applies equally to any significant relationship — including in the office. We all are stretched for time, juggling the oversight… Continue Reading Employees deserve 1-on-1 time

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Christopher Buckley wrote a funny novel a decade-and-a-half ago titled, “Thank You for Smoking.” It focused on three lobbyists billing themselves as the MOD (Merchants of Death) Squad, representing the tobacco, alcohol and gun industries. It was an amusing send-up of politics, lobbying, and neo-Puritan political correctness focused on “sins” as defined by the political… Continue Reading Sin taxes hurt business and society in general

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Streetcars can help Springs’ economy

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Bring back a streetcar to Colorado Springs? Why would we want to do that? What could an electric streetcar do for Colorado Springs? A citizen group, the Colorado Springs Streetcar Task Force, asked those same questions in January 2009. The task force undertook a streetcar feasibility study, the first step in a formal planning process… Continue Reading Streetcars can help Springs’ economy

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Removing barriers to change

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Even as the global recession gradually recedes, our volatile economy makes change unavoidable for all of us. Whether it’s lingering high unemployment, rollercoaster financial markets or political turmoil, the landscape for leaders keeps shifting — and most of us are quite uncomfortable in it. That’s understandable. Change, after all, entails risk and conflict. It brings… Continue Reading Removing barriers to change

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Based on various polls, it’s clear that solid majorities of voters are worried about federal government spending, debt and taxes, and related to all of that, where the economy is headed. As a result, incumbents feel uneasy heading into the November elections, especially with the Tea Party movement generating political uncertainty. However, one of the… Continue Reading Business experience can help, hurt candidates

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I don’t attend a lot of events in my official capacity as city councilman. I hope most of the hosts don’t take it personally. Not an evening or morning or lunch hour would be free if I made it a habit. And the dry cleaning bills would gobble up my fat council paycheck. I probably… Continue Reading Chamber has lost its way with pot position

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