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Our challenges start with vision and leadership

Colorado Springs is no stranger to divisiveness and segmented thinking. This mentality goes all the way back to when Gen. William Palmer founded the city in 1871 away from the existing settlements, as he did not like the “rough-and-ready” saloon-populated area now known as Old Colorado City. This divisiveness in our region has continued for… Continue Reading Our challenges start with vision and leadership

Employees knew the salary and the compensation package when they were hired. They applied for the job, so presumably, they knew what the work entailed. What else do great employees want? How do managers keep terrific employees? As it turns out, at all levels, employees want leadership. Real leadership fosters a vibrant working environment, and… Continue Reading Leadership: Here’s what employees want from you in 2013

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Once again the news is filled with another workplace shooting. In a Minneapolis sign shop, a former employee fired hours earlier came back with a gun and took the lives of five people, which included the shop owner and a visiting UPS driver, before taking his own life. Could anything have been done by the… Continue Reading Employers need role in preventing workplace violence

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Hiring family and friends: Benefits and pitfalls

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A common question that often surfaces is whether it is wise to hire family members or friends. Opinions are generally strong concerning this issue, and there seem to be as many on one side of the fence as the other. In many cultures business is largely based on relational lines — many even in the… Continue Reading Hiring family and friends: Benefits and pitfalls

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Winning your gold

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As we watch the amazing feats of athleticism performed by thousands of dedicated Olympic athletes from all over the world, I wonder how many people devote Olympian time, energy, discipline, and focus to their passions, their dreams, or their businesses. What can business leaders learn from Olympic athletes? 1. Get great advice. Listen to smart… Continue Reading Winning your gold

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Mastering the art of executive small talk

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As an executive, you have lots of work to do. In fact, you have so much to do that it sometimes feels like you are chained to your desk. Visits away from your desk are generally purposeful, brief, and mission-focused so that you can get back to the piles at hand. Your team members, on… Continue Reading Mastering the art of executive small talk

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Entrepreneurship: Succeed or bust

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Are you meant to be an entrepreneur? Do you have what it takes to build a business for yourself? Do you have a great idea that needs to be in the marketplace? 1. Do you love what you do? Are you passionate about getting up in the morning and starting to work on your business?… Continue Reading Entrepreneurship: Succeed or bust

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The critical ingredient is always trust

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Imagine walking into your leadership team meeting wondering whether the same old politics will play out. Would the same people work their own agendas, again? Would the same people be silent and watch it happen? Would everyone just be nice and kind and not honest, and let the meeting pass without ever addressing the elephant,… Continue Reading The critical ingredient is always trust

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Five most common hiring mistakes

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Hiring a new or replacement employee is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as managers. It also happens to be one of the most strategic and costly decisions as well. There are many ways to improve your chances of hiring well, but the simplest is to avoid the most common hiring… Continue Reading Five most common hiring mistakes

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What does it take to be wildly successful?

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Are these 10 statements true for your business or do you need to make some adjustments? 1. We know what we sell. We are clear about our products, services, and what we offer. We can explain what we do in 30 seconds or less. 2. We have a plan for our business, and we run… Continue Reading What does it take to be wildly successful?

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