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Someone recently voiced concerns to Laddie about an employee who was not doing a good job and, in his opinion, was holding back other parts of the business. The employee was unwilling to implement new systems and his inability to do his own job correctly created more work for other employees, who were justifiably frustrated… Continue Reading Emotions interfere when making business decisions

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Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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So I’ve started teaching at a prominent university in Baltimore. I signed up mostly because I like to hear people call me “Professor DeVries,” but I also thought it might be fun to see what kids are all about these days. As usual, I was completely unprepared for what I would find there. The Internet… Continue Reading Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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People on the Move – January 6, 2012

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Gerrit Slatter, PE, PTOE, vice president and director of transportation at Matrix Design Group Inc., passed his Professional Traffic Operations Engineer exam. Locally owned Campbell Homes has promoted Chelsey Perfumo to community sales manager for its new home community in Indigo Ranch. She has extensive background in both customer service and new home sales and… Continue Reading People on the Move – January 6, 2012

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On the Horizon – January 6, 2012

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Jan. 10 Hot Marketing Trends Chamber Advertising & Marketing Program counselors will discuss the hottest marketing trends for 2012 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at University of Phoenix, Southern Colorado Campus, 2 N. Cascade Ave. Suite 100. Cost is $5 for chamber members and $15 for non members. RSVP at www.coloradospringschamber.org and click on “Calendar… Continue Reading On the Horizon – January 6, 2012

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The space industry is planning to make giant strides in commercial space travel, space exploration and satellite technology during 2012. Continue Reading Space industry to go where few men have gone before

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Bad news recently hit about the Sears Holding Company. Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that more bad news was reported. After all, this is nothing new for the long-troubled retailer. It’s easy to forget that Sears once ranked as the nation’s largest retailer. Today, though, Sears serves as another example of how vulnerable… Continue Reading Lessons from a Sears’ century of success and troubles

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Who’ll turn on the lights?

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Colorado regulators have agreed to a compromise between environmentalists and energy companies. They will require energy companies and natural-gas explorers to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing starting in 2012. This compromise sets the tone for natural gas exploration around the nation. And this is good news for all of us. The mix… Continue Reading Who’ll turn on the lights?

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Leadership from 14,000 feet

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As a leader, you know having a compelling vision and actionable steps to fashion that vision is paramount to your organization’s success. Unfortunately, too many leaders and in turn those they lead look at vision as a statement that hangs on the wall. To make the vision meaningful, relevant and compelling, leaders need to back… Continue Reading Leadership from 14,000 feet

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Nor’Wood taking apartment-market plunge

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Nor’Wood Development Group is diving head-first into the apartment business for the first time since the company’s infancy. It is partnering with Irvine, Calif.-based Western National Realty Advisors to build four apartment complexes with at total of 1,075 units in Colorado Springs and Fountain. “We were involved in the apartment business many, many, many years… Continue Reading Nor’Wood taking apartment-market plunge

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Springs places 5th, all according to plan

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Colorado Springs made an intentional bid on one of the last legs of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge race with the understanding that later stages promise even bigger slices of the economic pie. In the 2012 race, which is classified as second only to the Tour de France, cyclists will race out of Breckenridge… Continue Reading Springs places 5th, all according to plan

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