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A leadership conference about “Creating Win-Win Relationships” is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at The Lodge on the campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
The cost is $175 per person and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, parking and the program. Continue Reading Leadership Conference: Creating Win-Win Relationships

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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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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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Role models and leadership characteristics

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Leadership, like much in life, is about relationships — and the people you lead need to know you and what you value in order to know why they should follow you.
It is personal. Recently, I had the pleasure to hear James Kouzes, co-author of “The Leadership Challenge and A Leader’s Legacy,” speak to two groups of Colorado Springs leaders. Continue Reading Role models and leadership characteristics

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Issues such as climate change, natural resource depletion and the energy crisis are hitting organizations head on and require attention be paid to aspects of the business beyond quarterly financial results. Continue Reading A new agenda for leadership – no more business as usual

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Making choices for the success of your business

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According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, “strategy” is a careful plan or method. Another way to look at this is to say that strategy is a pattern of carefully chosen options, choices or alternatives that will contribute to the long-term success of your organization or business.
These patterns of choices are based on your mission and driven by a few key factors that differentiate you from the rest of the pack. These key factors, also called drivers or key success factors, are what you invest in and what you build your strategy around. Continue Reading Making choices for the success of your business

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