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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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LLP 2007 speaks out

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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. Continue Reading LLP 2007 speaks out

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Front Line Leadership: Harder than it Looks

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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. Continue Reading Front Line Leadership: Harder than it Looks

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The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment is considered a large health department — only 4 percent of health departments across the country serve populations of more than 500,000 people.
Large health departments are expected to provide services that might not be required of smaller health departments, such as sophisticated information and communication systems and professionals trained in epidemiology, biostatistics and health education. Continue Reading How important is a strong local health department?

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Earning the right to followers

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All leaders achieve one of three levels: appointed, accepted and adored. An appointed leader does not have to earn a leadership position, but is assigned to it. A newly minted Army second lieutenant receiving his or her first command is a good example of this level of leadership. The second level is follower acceptance of the leader. Once assigned to a leadership position, a leader has to earn the acceptance of followers through demonstrated competence in his/her assigned role. Rarely, followers come to adore their leader not only because of his/her competence, but because of his/her level-headedness and habit of protecting the dignity of followers. The leader demonstrates through his/her words and actions that he/she cares about followers beyond the boundaries of their roles on the team. I call leaders who achieve this level, Level-Three leaders. Continue Reading Earning the right to followers

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