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The leader inside all of us

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Jason sat there with the 360 feedback front of him, a bit in shock. There were multiple instruments, and multiple interpretations of the data. Some of it was great news, and some of it was news he would rather not hear. Was it true? Was it accurate? What to make of it all? At the… Continue Reading The leader inside all of us

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Delivering effective feedback

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As a leader, you know that you should be giving feedback. Yet, because feedback can be difficult to give and receive, chances are high that you delay and avoid feedback conversations. While you know that feedback is a vital ingredient for success at work, it is also complex and fraught with contradictions, such as: Your… Continue Reading Delivering effective feedback

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Exporting vital to city’s economy

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Colorado Springs is used to being at the top of the class. We get ranked No. 1 or in the top 10 in dozens of important lists about community success. However, the newest report released by the Brookings Institute on its study on exports in the Intermountain region does not give our area our usual… Continue Reading Exporting vital to city’s economy

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President Obama’s ‘tinkle on economics’

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Well, I’ve unlocked the secret of President Obama’s agenda for the economy. It certainly was not easy. But it finally came to me as the President signed the financial regulatory bill in July. Apparently, the President of the United States, his top advisers, along with the current leadership in Congress, believe that best way to… Continue Reading President Obama’s ‘tinkle on economics’

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Hired gun or steward? You decide

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If you are a business, division, or team leader who does not personally own the business or organization in which you have a leadership role, congratulations. You are in the majority — executives hired to manage privately-held or publicly-traded companies, government or nonprofit organizations or divisions, on behalf of the owner(s) or community. You have… Continue Reading Hired gun or steward? You decide

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When it comes to the New York Yankees, you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. That’s been the case for almost 90 years now, since the Yanks became a powerhouse in the 1920s. But over the past 37 years, the same could be said for the team’s owner, George Steinbrenner. In fact, over those decades,… Continue Reading George Steinbrenner: Not quite the capitalist

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President Obama is no fan of fossil fuels. Instead, he likes wind and solar. Unfortunately, energy via winds and the sun is unreliable and extremely costly. Part of the big costs come from government handouts. In his radio and online address on July 3, the president dressed up taxpayer subsidies as plusses for the economy.… Continue Reading Obama using lofty logic for wind, solar energy

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To motivate staff, discover their passions

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Employee motivation is a perennial hot topic for leaders at all levels. What if you had a way to identify what motivates each person on your team? What if your conversations with each employee could be tailored to emphasize what matters most to him or her? What if you could match each person’s tasks and… Continue Reading To motivate staff, discover their passions

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ROI to gain executive support

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Have you ever had a few short minutes to present a proposal to senior management about an initiative you and your team are passionate about, only to feel after the presentation that you didn’t communicate to the executives the importance of your proposal? As a team leader and director of a function or a team,… Continue Reading ROI to gain executive support

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Few like the “double dip.” “Seinfeld” brought attention to the chip double-dipper. George dipped a potato chip in dip, took a bite, and then dipped again. He was called for his unsanitary double dip. Then there’s double dipping in government. An individual carries two government titles; or retires, collects a pension and still gets paid… Continue Reading Public policy to blame if we see a double-dip

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