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On Jan. 12, the following questions were e-mailed to Sharon L. Brown, chairwoman of the Board of Commissioners of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. As of press time no answers had been received. “1. What is the role of the RBD’s board and why is it constituted in the way it is? 2. What… Continue Reading Who’s in charge at the Regional Building Department?

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Would you hire any of the candidates?

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Memo to: U.S. Business Community From: Human Resources Department Re: Hiring a U.S. President In response to your request to assess the candidates for the position opening in January 2013, we have put together a job description, and offer key points on the five major candidates seeking the position. Job description: While this position requires… Continue Reading Would you hire any of the candidates?

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Build lasting team trust

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We have many hopes and points of view about trust in our teams. We want it, but often do not know how to get it. And if we get it, we often don’t know how to keep it. So what ends up happening is the we believe trust is possible, and wishfully think it will… Continue Reading Build lasting team trust

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Do I own these words? What are they worth?

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When I started writing this column, I have to admit that the notion of “owning my content and selling the content as a product” was as ludicrous to my Generation X brain as the idea of Land Ownership was to Native Americans when the settlers started buying it from them. I mean, seriously, who can… Continue Reading Do I own these words? What are they worth?

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Powerful business tools are often forgotten

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Recently I helped refinish a basement for a friend and kept lamenting the fact that I often didn’t have the right tool to effectively get the job done. It is frustrating knowing that the perfect tool exists but I can’t put my hands on it to do the job. But imagine how I’d feel if… Continue Reading Powerful business tools are often forgotten

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Many Valentines, one day

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You don’t have to be a cynic to admit that Valentine’s Day is a big business opportunity for retailers, florists, jewelers, and restaurants. Once the New Year’s celebration is over, the shelves at most stores become red and pink. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second -highest expenditure holiday, accounting for about $18 billion in… Continue Reading Many Valentines, one day

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Lessons from the business of baseball

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Ignore the snow and the cold. Even though it’s only February, the hope of spring is upon us. That is, the hope that comes with Major League Baseball’s Spring Training. It’s been a long three-plus months since the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers in the World Series. But pitchers and catchers are reporting… Continue Reading Lessons from the business of baseball

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We’ve really enjoyed both of the recent Sherlock Holmes movies and Laddie has read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on his Kindle. The fictitious Holmes is a genius at solving mysteries, seemingly with ease. A famous quote attributed to him is “Elementary, my dear Watson,” but it turns out his character apparently never said that.… Continue Reading “Elementary, my dear Watson” — back to business basics

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Managers need to hold employees accountable

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If you’ve been a business owner for any length of time and have employees, you’ve most likely had this scenario occur: You asked someone to do something, thought you had made your instructions clear, and expected it to be done. But it wasn’t done correctly or at all. You felt frustrated, annoyed and maybe downright… Continue Reading Managers need to hold employees accountable

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To err is [delete] [delete] divine

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My husband and I often have the same discussion while watching the NFL; he feels that we should replace all players with robots to prevent injuries. After the disastrous missed field goal in the Ravens/Patriots game last Sunday, it seems like a decent idea –a robot may have been able to make that kick. (Go… Continue Reading To err is [delete] [delete] divine

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