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Holidays synonymous with decline at offices

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This just in: your co-workers at the office are likely to be more distracted and less productive during the holiday season.
Now I’m thinking that we really didn’t need a formal survey to confirm this, but the folks at Accountemps were good enough to do one anyway. They polled 150 senior executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies and found that 42 percent of respondents believed that employees are “somewhat less productive” the week before a major holiday. Continue Reading Holidays synonymous with decline at offices

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Promoting Springs is everyone’s business

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I believe it was either Ed Barlow or Jeffrey Gitomer that said our tourism folks are, or should be, our leaders in economic development because they are the initial contacts for visitors to our region.
Our cab and limo drivers should know some of our business statistics and quality of life indicators so they can be ambassadors for our economic development. Continue Reading Promoting Springs is everyone’s business

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We are all Americans, and New Orleanians

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I recently visited hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. Words cannot describe the devastation that hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought to the area. But, let me try.
Sixteen parishes (counties) surrounding New Orleans were devastated by the storm. Nearly 250,000 local residents were displaced from the area to locations throughout the United States. Continue Reading We are all Americans, and New Orleanians

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A tale of two venues that’s all about shoes

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Last week, I had the opportunity to try two of downtown’s newest entertainment venues. One made quite a good impression; the other simply left an impression.
On Thursday, I spent some time at the Paradox Lounge at Southside Johnny’s. My first impression: it looks like Johnny’s has made an already good club even better. Continue Reading A tale of two venues that’s all about shoes

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UCCS molding future leaders with CLC class

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I recently got to spend some time with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor’s Leadership Class (CLC).
As you know by now, my educational experience at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire was more about playing rugby and other extra-curricular activities than actually getting a good education. Continue Reading UCCS molding future leaders with CLC class

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Rumors of TABOR’s demise exaggerated

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Rumors of TABOR’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
The passage of Referendum C might have scarred the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, but the wounds were not fatal. In fact, Colorado taxpayers enjoy more protections against growth in government spending than those in any other state. Continue Reading Rumors of TABOR’s demise exaggerated

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Small businesses fuel Colorado’s economy

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They are everywhere. Drive down almost any street, in any city and town in Colorado and you will see them.
Retailers and manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors, one-person shops and significant employers. They are small businesses, and they are the dynamo that powers Colorado’s economy. Continue Reading Small businesses fuel Colorado’s economy

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This holiday season, hug somebody from IT

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With the holiday season fast approaching, one group of people at the office that you might want to make a special note to thank is the information technology crew.
According to a survey by Robert Half Technology, 66 percent of chief information officers polled said that their teams have more on their plates than 12 months ago. Only 4 percent of respondents reported that work levels had declined. Continue Reading This holiday season, hug somebody from IT

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Signs of good things happening everywhere

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Progress.
It's something that really is happening in this town. And even outside of it. (I believe it was NBC that exposed the fanaticism of the evangelicals in the north that I mentioned in my last column). Continue Reading Signs of good things happening everywhere

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Urban Peak making a difference in kids' lives

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I wasn't the best kid growing up.
I tended to run with the wrong crowd, got in some trouble from time to time but at least my parents stayed with me through my somewhat troublesome teen years and I always had a roof over my head in Downer Grove, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Continue Reading Urban Peak making a difference in kids' lives

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