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Leadership about creating a positive impact

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The most effective leaders are those who can inspire and show people that even the most intangible thoughts can be put into action, resulting in positive change and collaboration. Continue Reading Leadership about creating a positive impact

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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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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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Leadership in local government can be viewed as a community’s search for consensus about policy objectives and how to achieve them.
As communities become more diverse and politics becomes more inclusive, this increasing turbulence challenges the traditional view that local government decision-making is a reasonably orderly process involving elected officials and career administrators with established interests and recognized standing. Continue Reading Government’s leadership role is building consensus

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Long-term success core of UCCS mission

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When I recently asked a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs benefactor why he and his wife have contributed more than $1 million to the university, he answered in both a surprising and illuminating way.
The response from former City Councilman Bruce Shepard, as he looked around a room brimming with young people representing the future of southern Colorado, was that “he liked the odds.” Continue Reading Long-term success core of UCCS mission

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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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