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There is a fable about a little girl who was feeling particularly lonely and blue when she happened across a gorgeous butterfly trapped in the thorns of a blackberry bush. Taking great care not to tear its fragile wings, the girl’s nimble fingers finally worked the insect free, whereupon, instead of fluttering away, it turned… Continue Reading Happy people make other people happy in work, life

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CSU: Local control, good rates, smart budget

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Colorado Springs Utilities is one of about 2,000 community-owned utilities in the United States. But what does that mean to you, the citizen-owner? As a community-owned enterprise, we operate as a nonprofit, meaning our rates are designed to bring in only enough to cover costs and reinvest in keeping the utility system reliable. Our customers… Continue Reading CSU: Local control, good rates, smart budget

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Program keeps kids out of courtroom

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Program keeps kids out of courtroom

By Dave Smith editorial@csbj.com You don’t expect it, but circumstances can change and life can get out of hand. People may spiral swiftly downward until their issues require a visit to the county courthouse. It can be an imposing place for stouthearted adults and much more so for children. During court sessions, things are said,… Continue Reading Program keeps kids out of courtroom

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City seeks applicants for Council seat

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City seeks applicants for Council seat

Colorado Springs City Council is now accepting applications to fill former Councilmember Joel Miller’s position representing District 2, which generally includes the City’s north-central neighborhoods. According to the City Charter, City Council must appoint an eligible person to fill the vacancy within 30 days. To be eligible, a person must be at least 25 years of… Continue Reading City seeks applicants for Council seat

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Women’s Resource Agency makes difference

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Women’s Resource Agency makes difference

By Rhonda Van Pelt editorial@csbj.com Walk into Suite 3128 at The Citadel mall, near J.C. Penney and you’ll see racks of attractive clothing, shelves full of shoes, plus jewelry, scarves and other accessories. But you won’t see any price tags, because these are tickets to better lives for women and girls. That’s just part of… Continue Reading Women’s Resource Agency makes difference

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What is Cultural Intelligence? It is a person’s general capability to work effectively across cultures. Who needs it and why? Everyone in today’s increasingly global and diverse marketplace who is interested in global impact. CQ is measured and described by four capabilities that are qualitatively different yet inextricably connected: 1. Drive: Motivation to learn and… Continue Reading Here’s what you should know about cultural intelligence

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Stormwater: What happened, what’s next

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The loss of the stormwater initiative 1B was a disappointment to almost half of El Paso County’s voters. I am humbled because I advocated in a whitepaper published in the spring of 2012 that, given the previous Colorado Springs stormwater enterprise loss by a margin of 55-45 percent, surely with strong education efforts and broader-based… Continue Reading Stormwater: What happened, what’s next

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Many people may think Social Security is different from other assets, but that’s precisely how they should think about it: like any other asset. The key difference investing in other assets, like stocks and bonds, is those are a matter of choice, while investing in Social Security is mandatory for most of us. Your employer… Continue Reading To win the Social Security game, you need to know the rules

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Gems help market reviews, testimonials

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To be able to market using your reviews and testimonials, you need to figure out what your Gems are. Gems are the “why people buy” phrases. These are your sound bites, one-liners, selling points. This is the content that hooks a potential customer or client. A Gem is more than a compliment. A testimonial saying… Continue Reading Gems help market reviews, testimonials

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Blue Star’s people: motivated workforce

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Blue Star’s people: motivated workforce

By Rhonda Van Pelt Many of us recycle paper, cans and bottles, and feel proud of ourselves. Blue Star Recyclers is waaay ahead in the “something to be proud of” sweepstakes — this nonprofit recycles people. CEO Bill Morris likes to say he was one of the first to benefit from the program he co-founded… Continue Reading Blue Star’s people: motivated workforce

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