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“Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy!” Variations of this headline were all over the news last fall, and our neighborhood Blockbuster, along with many others, recently closed, bringing a sad ending to our longtime habit of stopping after work on Fridays to pick up a date night movie. Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 protection last September, and… Continue Reading Change, it can be your friend or it can be your foe

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By Robert S. “Sam” Arthur Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons Regardless of your personal views on the issues of medical marijuana, it is clear that the growing and dispensing of MMJ has impacted the real estate market in Denver and the Front Range. As the retail and warehouse real estate markets became more depressed over the… Continue Reading Marijuana holds risk for both lenders and landlords

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Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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The Colorado Senate — just like the U.S. Congress — recently adopted the “budget that nobody wanted.” Compromise was needed to keep government running, but neither Democrats nor Republicans were satisfied with the results. “The really good (budgets) are the ones that all people hate,” said Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Co Springs, as reported April 12th… Continue Reading Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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A while back, Laddie was approached by a business owner who had the chance to buy another business that would complement the current operation. He was in a quandary because it looked like a great opportunity but it also carried substantial risk that would impact his existing business. He hated to lose the opportunity but… Continue Reading Opportunity might be tempting, but weigh the risks

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Much of the existing advice on change assumes that the people who are leading a change are the same people who conceived it. Unless you work in a very small organization, that is usually not the case. Think about your own experience with leading change projects. How often were you the originator of the idea?… Continue Reading Clarifying roles is critical when cascading change

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Profiting from your mistakes

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Nobody likes making mistakes but we’ve all made them. You can’t run a business without making mistakes and we’ve sure made our share. Over the years, we’ve bought things we shouldn’t have bought, misjudged the direction of opportunities, failed to conduct adequate research before jumping into something, and made unfortunate hiring and partnership choices. If… Continue Reading Profiting from your mistakes

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What is the relationship between public health and health care in our community? The answer is “partnership.” The overall health of our community depends on collaborative efforts between El Paso County Public Health (population focused) and our local health care providers (patient focused). Both public health and medical providers offer programs and services that address… Continue Reading Public health, medicine is an essential partnership

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Raise the roof for change

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What organizational changes are on your leadership to-do list? If you’re like most leaders today, you have many problems to solve and a host of complex, unwieldy dilemmas that seem beyond solution. Challenges that defy easy answers are everywhere — finding the right business models in shifting markets, innovating to stay ahead of the competition,… Continue Reading Raise the roof for change

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Have you ever been burned by a contract or committed to something you later wished you could get out of? Business commitments can be risky because they lock your company into obligations that could potentially have a negative impact on the company in the future. While the risk of commitments can be a problem for… Continue Reading Commitments, contracts are risky for small businesses

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It happens every day. A member of the workforce decides to take a risk to tell their truth to senior leadership about a business problem and there is a reprisal. Not only can you say goodbye to trust, since this kind of situation goes viral, but you can also probably forget having a workplace environment… Continue Reading When workers can’t be honest with bosses …

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