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Much has been written about the 33 Chilean miners whose rescue from their underground prison of 70 days we all witnessed on TV. They were a truly inspiring team of ordinary workers who have much to teach us about how to lead in these trying times. Crises can unite us or destroy us. They can… Continue Reading Key lessons from Chile’s spectacular mine rescue

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Labor unions: From political winners to losers

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Even in politics, things can change pretty darn quickly. Consider the recent ups and downs of labor unions in the political arena. During the 2008 presidential campaign, labor unions went all in on Barack Obama. He was on board with most of their legislative agenda. Make it easier to unionize a workplace? Expand opportunities to… Continue Reading Labor unions: From political winners to losers

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Construction is under way on a $15 million medical office building going up on the east side of the Penrose Hospital campus. The 72,000-square-foot, four-story building will be developed and managed by Denver-based Westfield Development Co. Westfield is leasing the ground from Penrose Hospital, but will own the building and rent out the office space.… Continue Reading $15M medical building under construction at Penrose

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Snow equipment sales soar

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Thanks to La Niña, fans of snow sports spent a record $1B in December. That’s good news for resorts and local retailers. After early-season snow storms blanketed much of the nation, retailers have caught some serious air. Retail sales of snow-sports items hit $1 billion in December, an all-time one-month record. Not surprisingly, sales of lift tickets increased, as… Continue Reading Snow equipment sales soar

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While hospital actuaries crunch their own numbers, Memorial Health System and the Public Employees Retirement Association are at a standstill about how much the hospital should pay to become an independent, nonprofit system. Continue Reading Memorial’s way forward lies in uncharted territory

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Apartment market at tipping point

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It has been a renter’s market in Colorado Springs for most of the last decade, but that’s about to change. Demand for apartments and rental homes is up because homeowners whose houses have been foreclosed upon are renting now, and builders are holding off on constructing apartment complexes until the economy strengthens. Rental vacancy rates… Continue Reading Apartment market at tipping point

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You might have heard a lot of high praise for the Fort Carson Soldier Family Assistance Center that opened last year, and now there’s hard evidence to back up all the talk. The $8 million project was designed and built by Springs-based DLR Group for the Army’s Warrior in Transition program, which helps wounded soldiers… Continue Reading Fort Carson center earns high Green Council marks

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Book Review: “Necessary Endings”

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“Necessary Endings” by Dr. Henry Cloud c.2010, HarperBusiness $25.99 256 pages In the last three years, you’ve lost plenty. You’ve lost business, first of all, and maybe your job. You lost clients, investments, money, and opportunity. You might’ve lost your house and your confidence, too. It’s enough to make you lose your mind. But there’s… Continue Reading Book Review: “Necessary Endings”

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Blum Wholesale Florists plants seeds for growth

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For Pete and Mary Kay Blum, owners of Blum Wholesale Florists, this Valentine’s Day is already looking rosier. Valentine’s Day will fall on Monday, which is not the best day for flower sales, according to an American Floral Endowment Tracking Study. Still, that’s better than last year, when Valentine’s Day fell on Sunday, resulting in… Continue Reading Blum Wholesale Florists plants seeds for growth

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Listening tours can result in engagement

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Most leaders know that listening is an important skill. Yet in nationwide surveys, employees indicate that their leaders don’t actually listen to them. What’s going on? Is the problem that leaders don’t listen or that they don’t show that they listen?In reality, it is likely that you have every intention of listening to your people.… Continue Reading Listening tours can result in engagement

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