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Business networking critical to success

Business networking critical to success

People who network for professional reasons have incredible guilt. “In fact, it makes us feel like we’re breaking our morality,” said Phil Wilburn, a social network analysis expert for the Center for Creative Leadership’s Colorado Springs campus. Wilburn was one of very few men who attended the Women Inspiring Leadership Development Summit last week at… Continue Reading Business networking critical to success

Draper takes over at RBA

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The initial task for the new president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance will be to rebuild bruised relationships with the business community. Dirk Draper will begin his new job May 1, and he anticipates spending the first three months talking with business owners and “doing a lot of listening” to their… Continue Reading Draper takes over at RBA

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Bach looks back

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Bach looks back

In June 2011, Steve Bach took office as the city’s first strong mayor, promising to transform city government, revitalize the local economy and run a lean, efficient, business-friendly administration. Those tasks would have challenged the most experienced politician, yet Bach had never served as an elected official. His decades of business experience had familiarized him… Continue Reading Bach looks back

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Part 1: Women here make a difference

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As an outsider originally from the D.C. area, having lived many years in Ann Arbor, Mich., and also in Canada and England, I feel compelled to share an observation I made within a few weeks after settling into the majestic beauty of Colorado Springs. As the new director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, I… Continue Reading Part 1: Women here make a difference

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Covey’s theme: Trust

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Stephen M.R. Covey has a specific message for Colorado Springs, and he’s coming here to deliver it. Covey, CEO of the Covey Leadership Center and son of renowned writer Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” will present “Leading at the Speed of Trust” on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the… Continue Reading Covey’s theme: Trust

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Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

In November 2010, Colorado Springs voters approved a radical change in the City Charter by a 60-40 margin. Issue 300, a citizen-initiated charter amendment, replaced the city manager form of government with a “strong mayor” system. The amendment, supported by an ad hoc coalition of longtime local business leaders, benefited from a sophisticated, heavily funded… Continue Reading Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

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New garrison boss keeps Carson on track

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Col. Joel Hamilton looked forward to starting his assignment in May as Fort Carson’s garrison commander with a few calm months of learning his new post and meeting people. Little did Hamilton realize, until just before arriving, that he’d be stepping into a tough situation from his first day on the job, May 21. When… Continue Reading New garrison boss keeps Carson on track

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UCCS offers close-to-home job training

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No matter what type of business you are in, continued training is essential to success. Companies are experiencing a powerful movement in the workforce with the Baby Boomer generation retiring and a new generation entering the workforce. As the Boomers leave, they take with them valuable skill-sets, experience and years of training and education. Incoming… Continue Reading UCCS offers close-to-home job training

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Employees knew the salary and the compensation package when they were hired. They applied for the job, so presumably, they knew what the work entailed. What else do great employees want? How do managers keep terrific employees? As it turns out, at all levels, employees want leadership. Real leadership fosters a vibrant working environment, and… Continue Reading Leadership: Here’s what employees want from you in 2013

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Once again the news is filled with another workplace shooting. In a Minneapolis sign shop, a former employee fired hours earlier came back with a gun and took the lives of five people, which included the shop owner and a visiting UPS driver, before taking his own life. Could anything have been done by the… Continue Reading Employers need role in preventing workplace violence

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