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By Leslie Wiese “I am absolutely committed to keeping Drake open,” was the sole sentence written by Councilmember Andy Pico in response to a resident who emailed the nine Colorado Springs City Councilors at AllCouncil@springsgov.com in August.  Pico’s commitment must also lie with perpetual rate increases accompanying significantly increased costs to operate Martin Drake Power… Continue Reading To whom do City Council members owe allegiance?

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Trust: It’s our community’s valued currency

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When was the last time you intentionally looked for something only to find that when you focused on it, it was everywhere? For me, I can remember counting Subarus on my drive into work from Monument during my stint at the Chamber. By the way, I think that number was close to 30 every day.… Continue Reading Trust: It’s our community’s valued currency

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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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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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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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