On January 26, Nancy Lewis completed her year as chairwoman of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In her remarks at the chamber’s annual dinner, she reflected on her service with the following comments regarding the opportunity for our community to work together: Continue Reading Nancy LewisContinue reading …
The word philanthropy is used more and more these days, but I’m not sure people really know what it means.
Most of us have thought of philanthropists as a privileged few – those of great wealth who put their fortunes into foundations to benefit future generations. We think of the Mellons, the Carnegies, the Penroses and others, and are grateful for the incredible good they have provided for our communities and country. Continue Reading Philanthropists – wealth and wisdom and leadership
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
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
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
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
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
On Nov. 7, the American people said “We are stressed over the war, frightened about our children’s future, worried about the demise of our pensions and the lack of affordable health care. Neither party is listening to us, nor are they responding to our needs. The Republicans have ignored the middle class and given large tax breaks to the wealthy. No tax break will boost my stagnant wages and help me balance my budget. Why isn’t Congress cutting back on the bridges to nowhere and trying to balance the national budget? The Republicans have had complete control of everything since 2000 and they are either incompetent or unconscious. It is time for them to go. Continue Reading Democrats reinvigorated after the ‘great revulsion’Continue reading …
We have good leaders at the helms of our organizations, but we have a hat-full of acronyms: EDC, COC, CVB, PPARR.
What about combining them? Organizations in other areas have done this quite successfully. Continue Reading Why can’t we all work together?
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