What are the most important challenges and opportunities facing our community? And what should be our shared vision for the future?
Leadership Pikes Peak posed these questions to the 47 members of the Signature Class of 2007. Leadership Pikes Peak is a 10-month/14-day community leadership development program designed to promote an in-depth understanding of the community, develop leadership skills and foster collaborative relationships.
If we were to ask a typical successful senior executive to name some of the biggest challenges of their leadership journey, the list would likely include their first frontline leadership position.
Initially, this might seem surprising, given the multitude of roadblocks that must be navigated to make it to the top of most organizations.
We stand in the midst of the collective echo of market choice. Collectively, it appears that the American marketplace has reached the tipping point and has exclaimed, “Enough!”
In the wake of the horrible remarks made by morning jock Don Imus about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, Imus was fired by CBS radio. This firing followed the termination by NBC of the “Imus in the Morning” simulcast on its NBC cable outlet MSNBC.
Colorado Springs as we know it will be a thing of the past during the next 10 to 20 years. The population will continue to boom and with the boom, the community needs to implement change so our city won’t suffer the same struggles as our neighbor to the north did during the early 1990s.
About 100 Chamber of Commerce Rising Professionals met Sept. 18 to discuss their vision of those changes and what Colorado Springs should look like during 2020.
Colorado voters approved Amendment 41 during November 2006, but many have since learned they were misled by the innocent title, Ethics in Government.
Since then, various government officials, including the Colorado attorney general, have attempted to interpret the amendment’s reach.
Last November, Colorado joined the groundswell for higher ethical standards in government by passing Amendment 41 with more than 62 percent of the vote. Earlier this month, President George W. Bush signed into law the most comprehensive ethics reform bill since the Watergate era.
Colorado is not unique in its approach to ethics — seven states have zero-tolerance gift bans from lobbyists to elected officials.
The Colorado Springs Diversity Forum believes that communities derive a significant part of their strength from the diversity of their population.
However, it’s not the diversity itself that gives a community that strength. Regardless of our ethnic, cultural, religious or sexual orientation, it is the commonalities among us that provide the opportunity to come together. There are far more aspirations that we have in common with everyone else in this world than actual differences.
True leaders have one thing in common — vision. They see potential and possibilities that elude many of us. They want to change the world in large and small ways, generating ideas to make communities stronger, taking businesses to the next level and helping people realize their dreams.
Scratch the surface of any leader in the Pikes Peak region and you find that they are giving time and money to help others, using the same skills — integrity, fairness and care — that have made them successful in business. Business leaders form the backbone of nonprofit boards, giving not only their professional insight and advice, but financial support both personally and from their companies.
On April 24, the Colorado Springs City Council voted unanimously to sponsor a 2007 Multi-Cultural Fair. This vote, to waive park fees and related costs, was a dramatic shift from their earlier position when Council members expressed reticence to support the fair because of their concern about gay and lesbian participation. Since no council member spoke in opposition to this concern, sponsorship seemed doomed. Yet the unanimous vote of support took place just two weeks later in a council chambers filled to standing-room-only with residents who supported the fair and its organizers, the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum.Continue reading …
This past January, El Pomar’s Forum for Civic Advancement conducted several focus groups with 14 leaders from Colorado Springs. The groups sought to gauge opinions about the forum’s effectiveness and the state of leadership in the Pikes Peak region.Continue reading …