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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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To motivate staff, discover their passions

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Employee motivation is a perennial hot topic for leaders at all levels. What if you had a way to identify what motivates each person on your team? What if your conversations with each employee could be tailored to emphasize what matters most to him or her? What if you could match each person’s tasks and… Continue Reading To motivate staff, discover their passions

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Arizona’s legal response to illegal immigrants may be challenged by the federal government, but the rest of us close to the Mexican border cannot and should not sit idle on the sidelines: it is as much a Colorado Springs issues as any. An immigration artery, aka I-25, runs through our midst. We could argue endlessly… Continue Reading Illegal immigrants: Answer to debt crisis

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ROI to gain executive support

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Have you ever had a few short minutes to present a proposal to senior management about an initiative you and your team are passionate about, only to feel after the presentation that you didn’t communicate to the executives the importance of your proposal? As a team leader and director of a function or a team,… Continue Reading ROI to gain executive support

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Few like the “double dip.” “Seinfeld” brought attention to the chip double-dipper. George dipped a potato chip in dip, took a bite, and then dipped again. He was called for his unsanitary double dip. Then there’s double dipping in government. An individual carries two government titles; or retires, collects a pension and still gets paid… Continue Reading Public policy to blame if we see a double-dip

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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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