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Is college worth it?

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About 1,300 students will be graduating from UCCS today, so it seems like an opportune time to once again question whether higher education is worth the money? Let’s take a look at some statistics. A National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education study showed 57 percent of the 2,142 Americans surveyed claimed that the… Continue Reading Is college worth it?

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Be a great board member

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Many enthusiastic volunteers accept positions as part of a non-profit board, committee, or community effort such as local chambers of commerce, philanthropic groups, or professional associations. The learning curve tends to be very high during the first year. They are thrilled that you stepped up, and you are excited to be involved. Now what? 1.… Continue Reading Be a great board member

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The app store is not an orphanage

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“We’ve gotta have an app!” was the battle cry when Apple launched its App Store in 2008. And yes, that was the marketing department on the phone again, asking me for something they didn’t really understand. I developed several apps that had no purpose except to bolster the brand image of the company that wanted… Continue Reading The app store is not an orphanage

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I often speak to leaders who desire to increase the level of performance, initiative, productivity, enthusiasm, competence, and overall engagement of their direct reports. When I ask them what the relationship looks like between themselves and their direct reports, I often get a puzzled look as if to say “What does relationships have to do… Continue Reading Achieving results through effective relationships

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Earnings fairness

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Plenty of residents are angry about the decision to pay former Memorial Health System CEO Larry McEvoy more than $1.15 million in severance. But, who’s to blame? Is it McEvoy? The hospital board of trustees that approved the severance amount? Or is it City Council, the governing body that holds the board of trustees accountable?… Continue Reading Earnings fairness

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Stimulus and bailouts — told you so

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Come on, admit it: It’s fun to say, “I told you so.” Unfortunately, there are times when you wish that you were not able to do so. For me, as a free-market economist, that’s been the case with the economy for more than four-and-a-half years now. Of course, a Nobel Prize in economics wasn’t necessary… Continue Reading Stimulus and bailouts — told you so

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Who needs an MBA? Well, you might be surprised. As a business columnist, economist, and adjunct professor in an MBA program, I often see the value of business principles and ideas in different situations. And I’m not just talking about owning, managing and working in a business, or making assorted career choices. Beyond such obvious… Continue Reading An MBA’s value in the most unexpected places

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A tale of two cities

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Instead of Charles Dickens’ famous novel about Paris and London during the French Revolution, we are talking about Colorado Springs Utilities and the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, representing two radically different “cities” or mindsets. Dickens’ opening paragraph still resonates: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the… Continue Reading A tale of two cities

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Peer advisory groups

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Are you feeling a bit lonely at the top of your business? As a leader in your business, who can you turn to for trusted advice, perspective, experience, and accountability? When you have important decisions to make, who can you trust to check your thinking? Imagine having over a dozen peer company executives and leaders,… Continue Reading Peer advisory groups

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Last week I was invited to participate in a “Fail off” — an event designed to embolden potential entrepreneurs and show them how to start up a company based on their own ideas. The content included a bunch of business owners (including me) going up on stage and publicly divulging their worst failure(s) in gory… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Let’s all remember to celebrate our failures

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