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
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 usualContinue reading …
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
Whew!! The election is over and we finally have a reprieve from the nasty and baseless direct mail, 30-second sound bytes and automated phone calls.
The people have spoken; Congress, the state legislature, and the executive branch all have a new complexion. Continue Reading Time to bring civility back to political process
Q: I am CEO of a 35-employee company. How do I balance giving my employees time off to be active in the community with the need to keep my company productive? Continue Reading Balancing community service, business needsContinue reading …
The ethical lapses of business, religious and political leaders isn’t a new concern. A 1999 Public Agenda survey of adults reported that the most significant problem facing America’s youth was that they “are not learning values.”
More recently, the Feb. 19, 2004, issue of the Wall Street Journal summarized a survey of 22,000 Americans where three-quarters rated the image of big corporations as “not good” or “terrible.” Continue Reading Doing What’s Right Makes Money
It’s not as if there are no suggestions out there for leaders. Today’s leaders are deluged by surveys, consultants, books, talk shows, CEOs and retired military commanders, all telling them what they need to be doing and how they can be more effective.
There is another source of advice that’s not nearly so popular, but one I’ve come to rely on a lot. It’s research. Continue Reading What is a Leader to do – First?
The look in my wife’s eyes as I came through the door made me drop my briefcase on the kitchen floor.
Time, and my heart, seemed to stop. “Sweetheart, what’s wrong?” I whispered.
Teary, she murmured, “I don’t know how to tell you this … Charlie just died.” Continue Reading Charlie – A Story of a Leader