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By Wendy Mack and Vinnie Garufi Imagine that your firm has just completed its first employee engagement survey. The results aren’t nearly as good as you would like. What would you do? You could sit in a conference room with other leaders and try to come up with action plans that will lead to improvements.… Continue Reading Real employee engagement means involving everyone

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How to deal with Fannie and Freddie?

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Since the credit meltdown hit in September 2008, a question has loomed: What to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The Dodd-Frank financial regulatory bill that was signed into law by President Obama in July of last year was unprecedented for its intrusiveness into the marketplace. But it failed to deal with Fannie and… Continue Reading How to deal with Fannie and Freddie?

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Hiring new or replacement employees is not an easy or inexpensive task. Hiring for excellence is a fine art that Dr. Pierre Mornell calls “an incredibly expensive people-reading game.” And yet, in spite of the numerous pitfalls and complicated people-reading skills that hiring requires, most managers approach hiring far too casually. There is certainly no… Continue Reading Ten overlooked principles for hiring excellence

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Step up and lead change

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Across our city, our region and our country, leaders are in crisis. They — we — struggle with practical fiscal and policy issues while wrestling with deep, values-based questions: Who and what do I represent? What do we need to do and how do we need to behave as an organization? How do we survive… Continue Reading Step up and lead change

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Even as the global recession gradually recedes, our volatile economy makes change unavoidable for all of us. Whether it’s lingering high unemployment, rollercoaster financial markets or political turmoil, the landscape for leaders keeps shifting — and most of us are quite uncomfortable in it. That’s understandable. Change, after all, entails risk and conflict. It brings… Continue Reading How to avoid 4 mindsets that hurt your organization

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Employment data aren’t quite as opaque as the unemployment rate that we discussed last week, but there is still room for lots of confusion. Take the December data that were released for Colorado Springs a couple of weeks ago. We learned: Employment, at 275,400 jobs, was unchanged from November, but 4,500 jobs lower than December… Continue Reading Why the local jobs picture is so hard to figure out

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Much has been written about the 33 Chilean miners whose rescue from their underground prison of 70 days we all witnessed on TV. They were a truly inspiring team of ordinary workers who have much to teach us about how to lead in these trying times. Crises can unite us or destroy us. They can… Continue Reading Key lessons from Chile’s spectacular mine rescue

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The unemployment rate is one of the most closely watched, yet least understood pieces of economic data. On the surface it appears simple: in December the Colorado Springs unemployment rate was 9.4 percent, while Pueblo’s was an even higher 10.3 percent. Doesn’t that mean that around 10 percent of adults in southern Colorado who wanted… Continue Reading The real jobs numbers aren’t where you think they are

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In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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It’s a new year, and as I checked in with family, friends, and colleagues, there seemed to be a higher than usual prevalence of illness, from the common cold to surgeries. Looking for reasons, I learned that it was due to more than the fact that people are just working harder than ever before. It… Continue Reading In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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Don’t wait to make hard people-decisions

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A recent poll was taken of business executives where they were asked to list the most significant challenge they faced in leading their organizations. Overwhelmingly, the No. 1 challenge that more CEOs listed above all other challenges was “waiting too long to make people decisions.” Almost every executive is familiar with the adage, “Hire slow… Continue Reading Don’t wait to make hard people-decisions

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