A leader’s job can be a busy and stressful one.
The hours are long, with a daily agenda of non-stop meetings and few breaks. Executives often stay at the office until evening, entertain clients over dinner and take full briefcases home for the weekend.
Their travel schedules can be hectic, with some spending up to a third of the year on the road. This can come at a cost to health, personal relationships and overall life balance.
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.”
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.
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.”
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When vision stirs passion, and passion spawns action, you will find people forging new paths.
These people are the leaders who set out to fulfill a vision through their strength of purpose and commitment to a cause for the common good. The Pikes Peak region maintains a legacy of committed leaders and the causes they promote.
Recently the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose a seemingly innocuous ballot initiative.
Amendment 38 may appear to be a responsible measure at first glance. However, when you peel away the layers, you find confusion, unintended consequences and, some would assert, manipulation.
For more than a century, Colorado Springs Utilities has earned a reputation for providing reliable service to our community. The proposed Southern Delivery System, which includes a 43-mile pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir, builds on this legacy.
Water is vital to any community. It drives the economy and helps ensure quality of life. While we have adequate water resources, a new system is needed to deliver water to our community for future generations and to provide essential backup now for our aging trans-mountain delivery systems.
Growing up in the Lower Arkansas Valley in the 1930s, I witnessed the most severe drought ever recorded in Southeastern Colorado and saw first-hand the horrific Dust Bowl weather conditions.
Virtual avalanches of dirt moved relentlessly through my hometown of Las Animas. Fierce winds picked up tons of topsoil, tumbleweeds, trash, parts of building materials, whirling all in a frightening wall of dirt and debris some 2,000 to 3,000 feet high.
The observations were compelling ones and surprising, considering their source.
First, Chris Gates, president of the National Civic League and former Colorado Democratic Party chairman, told the Forum for Civic Advancement in Colorado Springs that government in America today is “hypnotized by a ‘culture of cynicism.’ ”