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The tipping point

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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. Continue Reading The tipping point

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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. Continue Reading Next generation of Springs leaders looking to the future

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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. Continue Reading Amendment 41 constitutionally flawed on several fronts

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Amendment 41: Colorado’s ethics challenge

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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. Continue Reading Amendment 41: Colorado’s ethics challenge

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Why diversity matters

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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. Continue Reading Why diversity matters

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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. Continue Reading Giving is one of the responsibilities of leadership

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Our area continues to win national awards for various measures of livability. But is our quality of life improving or declining? A group of 120 local leaders recently created a comprehensive study to answer this question.
This first annual report on quality of life in El Paso County reinforces some things we already know, and surprises us with new information, because it addresses areas that most of us do not look at regularly. It gives leaders a baseline to work from when setting goals and prioritizing resources. Continue Reading Study provides answers to quality of life questions

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Global leadership

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You don’t have to be a globe-trotting leadership consultant or business person to know that Thomas Friedman was right when he titled his book “The World is Flat.” All you have to do is shop at Target and look at the box, tag or label of the products you buy to see that everything from T-shirts to furniture is now coming to us from Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan and, of course, China. Continue Reading Global leadership

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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 Convening today’s and tomorrow’s civic leaders

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Corporate philanthropy

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Being a good corporate citizen is not only the right thing to do, but it’s proving to be an essential business tool in the competitive market. Those companies that embrace corporate philanthropy find that they are not only creating social change in the communities where they live and work, but also are reaping the unintended benefits of strong return on investment (ROI) to their business in multiple areas. Continue Reading Corporate philanthropy

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