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It only took surgery on my rotator cuff, putting me in a sling for a month, to discover just how uncivil we have become. The most typical response from people was to ignore my bulky black sling that led me into public places. Some had no awareness of the sling and would bump into my… Continue Reading Workplace civility needed in a time of incivility

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Austin Stubaus loves taxes. The Air Force retiree has built a $100-million-a-year business buying delinquent property taxes and he’s looking to grow it to $5 million in the next few years. “I’m not joking,” Stubaus said. “I love taxes.” Stubaus and his business partner Erik Carlson founded their company, LienLogic in 2008. They spent the… Continue Reading LienLogic takes on tax liens, properties for profit

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At the start of every year, many of us tend to think of the next 12 months as a blank slate, full of opportunity and promise. We take stock of ourselves and resolve to improve in various ways. This is a good thing because there’s always room for improvement. If we want to improve our… Continue Reading If you want to improve your business, keep learning

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‘Failing forward’ is often the best option

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In this new year of resolutions and new beginnings, make it your goal to fail more often. Who knows, it might actually be the best thing you can do. Research has shown that most people who succeed in business, and in life, have done so by making failure their friend. But in today’s world that… Continue Reading ‘Failing forward’ is often the best option

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Shuttered building to become event center

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Michaela Hightower has been a professional party-thrower for more than 15 years and now is set to open her own event center Continue Reading Shuttered building to become event center

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Four months ago, Sanborn Map Co. CEO John Copple bought controlling interest in the Colorado Springs-based map-making firm … Continue Reading Copple trusting his perspective on 3D lay of the land

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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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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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Given a camera and a couple of props, even the most stern businessman or nervous mother-of-the-bride loosens up. That’s the idea behind the business, Say Fromage, which totes a photo booth, complete with funny hats, glasses and feather boas, to Springs parties and events. Party and event-goers are invited to pop into the booth and… Continue Reading Springs’ business duo has photo booth, will travel

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The appointment was nearly over. The man had talked at length about his business but had also shared a lot about his personal life. He lived a lifestyle that many people would consider enviable, with a lovely family and stature in the community. The owner of a successful and respected company, he earned substantial personal… Continue Reading Year-end Part 3: Does your business enhance your life?

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