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Here’s what you should know about cultural intelligence

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

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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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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As the midterm election results are digested, and we prepare for the onslaught of the 2016 elections, perhaps thinking about political economy is a more fruitful exercise than separating the two domains of our lives, the economy and politics. The idea that the economy has nothing to do with politics is untenable, even in the… Continue Reading Applying lessons in a political economy

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This marks the 95th year that our nation celebrates Veterans Day, originally remembered as Armistice Day. It seems appropriate to think back to the early days of this commemoration as our nation continues to shrink its military forces to the lowest levels since before World War II. Despite the withdrawal of ground forces from Iraq,… Continue Reading Colorado Springs has much to appreciate on Veterans Day

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Positive placemaking continues downtown

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When we set out to start Colorado Springs Urban Intervention, it was a response to the negative conversation that has put a dark cloud over our community. There seems to be this opinion that nothing can get done for the benefit of our community unless it is being sparked by government or has major funding.… Continue Reading Positive placemaking continues downtown

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We are committed at Kaiser Permanente to providing high-quality health care close to home. In Southern Colorado, this mission extends from the outpatient primary care delivered in our Briargate and Pueblo North medical offices to inpatient hospital care. Kaiser Permanente does not own any hospitals in Colorado. Instead, we collaborate with several outstanding systems throughout… Continue Reading Kaiser works with hospitals on collaborative efforts

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This year we have seen a huge increase in reported data breaches within corporate America. Large companies such as Target, Home Depot, P.F. Chang’s and Jimmy John’s have had their systems “hacked” and data stolen — causing millions of dollars of damage. While news channels focus on these attention-worthy sound bites, the real potential catastrophe… Continue Reading Data breach insurance matters more in today’s world

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Much like the shift from employer pension plans to 401(k) retirement plans not so long ago, we are now seeing an accelerating shift in our health care system from a defined benefit model to a defined contribution model with many employers. This is impacting every facet of the industry including employers, employees, brokers, agents and… Continue Reading Great shift: Defined benefit to defined contribution

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