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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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Today’s audiences demand active engagement

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Hank was puzzled. As CEO, he had been running an annual town hall meeting in January for 12 straight years. In the past, his employees would listen respectfully while he enumerated the past year’s successes and laid out strategic priorities for the coming year. At this month’s town hall, things were different. Half of the… Continue Reading Today’s audiences demand active engagement

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By John McGuire What organizational changes are on your leadership to-do list for the new year? 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,… Continue Reading Gaining competitive edge by slowing down, listening

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Manage, mentor, counsel or coach?

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“The hottest trend in management today!” “A state-of-the-art management tool employed by the most productive managers.” Management book shelves are full of new books that speak about managing, mentoring, counseling and coaching employees. Unfortunately, alongside this flood of new books has also come confusion about the differences between all four, with some authors claiming that… Continue Reading Manage, mentor, counsel or coach?

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Todd, the director for a 25-person business unit, was frustrated that he wasn’t getting clear direction from his boss. The vice president he reported to kept telling Todd that he wasn’t being strategic enough. Yet Todd wasn’t clear on what being strategic even meant. If you choose to progress in your career by moving up… Continue Reading To succeed as a director, don’t wait for direction

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