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If you thought the programs offered at the Colorado Springs Conservatory were just for kids — think again. You can experience it all for yourself Sept. 10 and 11 during Camp Conservatory and Conservatory Carnivale. Camp Conservatory is a “ladies only” overnight experiential fundraiser for the Conservatory Partner Programs. (Which probably means that I’m not… Continue Reading Conservatory camp and carnivale, and U Club kickoff

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Something a bit more light-hearted this week. CareerBuilder.com surveyed more than 2,600 hiring managers and asked them to share the oddest complaints they had received from employees about their co-workers. Thankfully, we don’t have many of the following here at 31 E. Platte Ave. Employee is too suntanned. (So, how dark is too dark?) Employee… Continue Reading Admit it, there’s no way you have it this bad at the office

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Time to get back to the stack of e-mails piling up on my desk, and back to dispensing what I hope is helpful advice to get through these trying times. First up: “the antidote to reducing job stress and increasing productivity,” courtesy of Bob Pike, chairman and CEO of the Bob Pike Group and the… Continue Reading A little fun, a bit of risk and just a dash of motivation

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While the record clearly indicates that despite my best intentions, I rarely manage to follow Allan Roth’s advice about portfolio diversification and keeping my emotions in check when it comes to investments — there is one tidbit of wisdom I’m dead on. While anyone can predict what the market has done with 100 percent accuracy,… Continue Reading It’s time to institute a little financial accountability

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An interesting thing happened last week when I logged on to the Chase Web site to pay my Visa bill. Like many other consumers, I noticed that my credit limit had been reduced — substantially. So, being the curious type, I clicked on the Secure Message Center link so that I could find out why.… Continue Reading Getting the runaround with Chase customer service

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Last week I offered some “Firefly” tips. And no sooner had the paper been printed than I received a newsletter, “The Flame Thrower,” from my friend Denise Ryan, who owns Firestar. (Not sure that two like items make a trend, but it appears “fire” is a favorite moniker of the consulting genre.) And because I… Continue Reading Tips for success — and maybe some free advice

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Seems like everyone’s dabbling in the innovation thing these days — trying to do more with less and looking for creative ways to increase efficiency and squeeze the most out of every minute, every hour and every dollar. Guess an ongoing recession will do that. But where do you start? Blindly stabbing around in the… Continue Reading Shedding a little light on the importance of innovation

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I’ve been having one of those weeks. Forgot that payroll was due on Monday. Forgot to go grocery shopping during the long holiday weekend. Forgot that I hadn’t bought a pink shirt for “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Forgot that my auto insurance renewal was due Tuesday.… Continue Reading Perhaps it’s time to focus on stimulating a few neurons

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It’s not just us lowly rank-and-file workers cowering in our cubicles any more. Seems the suits also have succumbed to cellphone addiction. At least that’s the word from NFI Research. According to a worldwide survey of senior executives and managers, 59 percent of respondents said they use their phone for receiving e-mail, 57 percent send… Continue Reading Texting and e-mail becoming harder habits to break

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Thought I’d veer away from the obvious tips to help weather the recession this week and touch on a subject that presents problems for a lot of people regardless of what the economy is doing. I recently got one of those “Do you know?” e-mails. Here’s what the writer wanted to determine if I knew:… Continue Reading The only public speaking fear is the ‘public’ part

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