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Are we only as strong as our weakest link?

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We all want speed, agility, adaptability, innovation and sustainability in our businesses, especially in these difficult, complex and volatile times. To attain these measures of success, our organizations need to take a look in the mirror. We are only as productive and effective as our “weakest link”. For some leaders, this may be a process… Continue Reading Are we only as strong as our weakest link?

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The faces that shaped 2011

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From business to politics, the military to athletes, below are some of the Colorado Springs faces who shaped the year… Continue Reading The faces that shaped 2011

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Increasing employee engagement, military style

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By Mary Kelly Corporate managers frequently complain that employees are unfocused, unproductive, and struggle to work cohesively. Employees not actively engaged generally lack interest in the goals of the organization. In economics, we call this the ‘principle-agent problem’ meaning employees look out for their own interests before considering their employer’s interests. Motivating employees and ensuring… Continue Reading Increasing employee engagement, military style

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For years, the personal shoppers at the Women’s Resource Agency heard stories of women in need of interview suits but had no transportation to the agency’s Dress for Success boutique in The Citadel mall. Continue Reading With shuttle, Dress for Success suited for the road

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A couple ideas about bases in foreign countries

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Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has some interesting ideas, and they don’t all make sense but let’s consider a recent one. During a CBS “Face the Nation” interview, Paul said the idea that the U.S. must have 900 military bases spread over 130 countries is an old fashioned. “It makes no sense at all,” he… Continue Reading A couple ideas about bases in foreign countries

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What is “Occupy Wall Street” — along with other “Occupy” movements that have popped up in various spots — all about in the end? Many people seem bewildered. They ask: What does the movement want to achieve exactly? What’s the point? Occupy Wall Street claims to speak for the 99 percent that are not in… Continue Reading “Occupy Wall Street” and the morality of free enterprise

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Book Review: “Social Q’s”

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by Philip Galanes Every year, you’re faced with a quandary. Missing the office holiday party is not an option. You have to go, no question. But attending is filled with potential trouble. Will you, in the holiday spirit, say the wrong thing to the boss? What if your beloved makes a fool out of you?… Continue Reading Book Review: “Social Q’s”

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If small business owners take some time this month to review their 2012 business and tax plans, it could mean a little more money in their pockets next year. Local accountants and small business specialists are offering a few end-of-year tax tips. Stockman Kast Ryan accountant Cheryl Solze says keep first things first. “No matter… Continue Reading Accounting, small business experts offer yearend tips

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Unanswered questions about the Nerd Herd

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I’ve noticed two things lately; first that everybody is going nerdy with their iPads, Xooms, and laptops. Second; today’s nerd customer service needs are under served. Now that we’re working from home or launching side businesses (because no one is sure they’ll have a job from week to week,) the need for free wi-fi and… Continue Reading Unanswered questions about the Nerd Herd

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On the Horizon – December 9, 2011

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Dec. 13 Southern Colorado Business Resource Conference The Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center will host its second Southern Colorado Business Resource Conference from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pueblo Convention Center. The event is free and will feature a Resource Exhibit Hall with a variety of community business resources and service providers… Continue Reading On the Horizon – December 9, 2011

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