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I often speak to leaders who desire to increase the level of performance, initiative, productivity, enthusiasm, competence, and overall engagement of their direct reports. When I ask them what the relationship looks like between themselves and their direct reports, I often get a puzzled look as if to say “What does relationships have to do… Continue Reading Achieving results through effective relationships

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Nine months ago, Jason and Gina Rivera owned three Phenix Salon Suites locations in Colorado Springs, but during this short period they’ve grown to operate a total of 15 locations across the country, including three they opened in California last weekend. Continue Reading Local Phenix Salon Suites cutting into national market

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Peer advisory groups

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Are you feeling a bit lonely at the top of your business? As a leader in your business, who can you turn to for trusted advice, perspective, experience, and accountability? When you have important decisions to make, who can you trust to check your thinking? Imagine having over a dozen peer company executives and leaders,… Continue Reading Peer advisory groups

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It didn’t take market analysis to convince Chris Copeland there was demand for another music venue in Colorado Springs. The silence told him everything he needed to know. So, Copeland bought the 12,500-square-foot former Pirates Liquor Outlet building at 3506 N. Academy Blvd. and will open a 500-person music venue, called Rawkus, in June. He… Continue Reading Music venue planned in former Pirate’s Liquor building

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by Pete Leibman So what are you gonna do after college? That’s the question that’s irritated you for the better part of eight months. Everybody’s been asking you and if you knew, you’d tell them. The thought of taking a job just to have a job makes you feel awful. You can’t imagine getting up… Continue Reading Book Review: “I Got My Dream Job and So Can You”

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Millibo Art Theater is in an odd place for a theater — next door to Mike’s Garage and across the street from an auto parts dealer on Pecan Street on the west side of Colorado Springs And it’s a difficult business to be involved with. It’s riskier than operating a restaurant. Despite those challenges, the… Continue Reading Millibo Art Theater enjoying performance-based success

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Carol owned a thriving company. Her best friend was a bookkeeper and needed a job, so Carol hired her. The arrangement seemingly worked well for 15 years. The two friends remained as close as ever, with their families sharing children’s events and major holidays. Carol trusted her friend completely and gave her unrestricted access to… Continue Reading Take these steps to protect yourself from employee theft

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Our marketplace is volatile and constantly changing. The speed and complexity of changes that affect our businesses is only increasing. To lead our organizations in this environment requires a leadership culture that rests on solid ground, fully engages the workforce and their creativity, and can adapt and adjust to the many twists and turns of… Continue Reading Collaborative governance: The key to leadership trust

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On a typical day from the headquarters of C&D Security in Colorado Springs, nearly 700 security guards will be dispatched to keep a watchful eye on some of America’s most high-value targets. The guards will screen thousands of employees and visitors through the X-ray and magnetometers at the Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington D.C.;… Continue Reading With 700 employees, C&D Security keeping an eye on growth

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Book Review: “For Better or For Work”

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by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg Your boss can be such a tyrant. He makes you labor extra hours; in fact, he thinks it’s natural that work has consumed your life. He’s a workaholic and believes you are, too. He’s obsessed with the biz, hopes you’re the same and by the way, he’s your spouse, so now… Continue Reading Book Review: “For Better or For Work”

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