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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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Best practices for nonprofit organizations

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Nonprofit organizations depend upon leaders like you. You are donors, board members, volunteers and staff members. You invest your time, money, knowledge, skills and efforts in the organizations that matter.
You understand the important roles that charity organizations play in our community and your participation makes them efficient. Continue Reading Best practices for nonprofit organizations

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‘Everybody Welcome’

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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 ‘Everybody Welcome’

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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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Our world is obsessed with growth. Headlines celebrate growth in jobs, GDP, housing starts and consumer spending.
Revenue and earnings growth are the Holy Grail for businesses. Entrepreneurs grow their companies. Of course, everyone wants to earn more money.
Few would question these goals. But let’s take a critical look at our methods and results. Continue Reading Our choice: misguided growth or true prosperity

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Surprisingly, the definition of “growth” in the dictionary does not include a synonym for land development. It is interesting that in the local and national lexicon the two words have become interchangeable.
What we are really talking about is development, particularly the function and process of land development, and it occurs as the result of several factors. Continue Reading Utopia doesn’t exist, so we must maintain reason

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As a follow-up to this session, the forum will be hosting a City Council Candidate Panel at 5:30 p.m. March 7 at the Penrose House.
For more information, visit www.elpomar.org. Continue Reading Civic advancement forum provides insight into politics, public policy

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Powerful partners in defending the homeland

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The Pikes Peak Region is home to an incredible mix of Department of Defense military installations: Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.
These locations are workplaces to a multinational, joint service force. This force has active and Reserve military members, civil servants and defense contractors. When you couple with the great residents locally, you have formed a powerful force in protecting Americans where we live and work. Continue Reading Powerful partners in defending the homeland

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As a native of Colorado Springs (a fact whose importance gets overblown continuously) I have watched Colorado Springs grow like crazy, and remember my grandfather who ran a tourist court in Ivywild during the 1930s and who became one of Colorado’s foremost masonry contractors (including the masonry for First Presbyterian downtown and the Corpus Christi church by Penrose hospital) talk about how bright the future was for Colorado Springs, before even Circle Drive was a twinkle in his eye. Continue Reading Changing leadership for changing Colorado Springs

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