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Diversity issues in the workplace have existed for decades. It isn’t uncommon to associate diversity with ethnicity, religion or gender. Workplace diversity, however, encompasses additional characteristics, such as age, tenure, experience, education and work styles. Corporate America is faced with balancing all types of diversity, but it has reached historic precedence when it comes to… Continue Reading Mind the gap: managing multiple generations

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Whatever happened to Silicon Mountain? I will just touch the surface. There have been several threads running mostly in parallel. First thread: Mostek was founded in Dallas with Texas money, and was in the semiconductor memory business. Plans for the Colorado Springs facility were finalized in 1979. Mostek was purchased by United Technologies (UTC), and… Continue Reading Silicon Mountain gone: City requires clear path

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Social media: Join the evolution, not revolution

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Since the days of cavemen, we’ve always communicated. Whether by drawings on a cave wall, telegraph messages or, now, texting. All that has changed over time are the ways we communicate. Because of advances in technology, not only can we interact with the person next to us but now we can chat live with someone… Continue Reading Social media: Join the evolution, not revolution

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(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the guest column page, with the conclusion next week.) What makes a city entrepreneurial? Entrepreneurial cultures, once underway, tend to have positive feedback loops (such as entrepreneurial recycling) to further enhance the culture. As such, it’s sometimes hard to identify what the original initiating… Continue Reading Creating an entrepreneurial culture for city

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What if you didn’t have to pay employment tax, workers compensation, unemployment, payroll processing fees, and all the other costs of having employees? Sounds good, right? It’s a risky bet many employers have taken in recent years, calling some or all of their employees independent contractors to avoid employment costs. Maybe it was advice given… Continue Reading Employers must be sure to classify workers properly

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Family business – how to make it work

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A printing company was owned by three siblings. They had purchased it from their dad a number of years prior. Although the industry has been challenged, they are successful and supporting essentially four families: the three siblings and their dad. I interviewed this family for a book I wrote called “The Family Business:  How to… Continue Reading Family business – how to make it work

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Make the most of your health insurance choices

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People throughout Colorado are facing or preparing for open enrollment, when most Americans select or switch their health insurance plan for the next year. In Colorado, employees are reviewing and selecting their benefits package for 2014. In many cases, consumers who spend time reviewing their options can find ways to save money on their health… Continue Reading Make the most of your health insurance choices

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Budget uncertainty hurts business, government

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When asked to compare my experience as a senior business executive with my time as an Air Force general officer, my response is that the two are not all that different. People matter most; leadership with clear goals is essential; assessing risk and reward is a constant requirement. Another common thread: Stability and predictability are… Continue Reading Budget uncertainty hurts business, government

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City for Champions deserves full support

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Mayor Steve Bach’s City for Champions is a big idea that deserves broad-based community support. Colorado Springs is graced by having a number of world-class institutions located in its midst. The City for Champions concept arises from the well-placed belief that Colorado Springs should embrace and incorporate its world-class assets into its public identity, personality… Continue Reading City for Champions deserves full support

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The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act became law on April 5, 2012, intended to increase jobs by making it easier for business startups to raise money to grow and expand operations. Title II of the Act directed the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue regulations lifting the ban on general solicitations or general advertising in… Continue Reading Regulations undermine JOBS Act for startup investors

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