It’s happened to all of us. We are told one thing by leadership, and then they do the opposite. One company had as its slogan that it valued its people, promised no layoffs, but 3 months later laid off 5 percent of the workforce. By the third layoff in 18 months, the workforce certainly did […]
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In the vibrant new democracy of South Africa, Ubuntu is a way of life. With its roots in the Bantu languages of southern Africa, Ubuntu literally means “I am what I am because of who we all are.” This is the essence of true collaboration, where the primary focus of cultural transformation is to move […]
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The Financial Times ranked the Center for Creative Leadership No. 6 among executive education institutions. The North Carolina-based nonprofit has offices in Colorado Springs, San Diego, Brussels,Moscow,  Singapore;,New Delhi and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ranking comes from a worldwide survey about executive education, according to a release from the group. This marks the second year […]
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Problem: My organization is built around teams and teamwork. However, if we are completely honest with ourselves, most of our teams are not functioning at a high level. None of the leaders in our organization have training or background in team building. How can we become better at building...
Technology is wonderful in most areas of our life. Yet there are some aspects where using advanced technology may not be the best route. There are times at work when we miscommunicate because of technologically-based assumptions. We assume that our emails went through, that our slides were attached, that the texts were received, or that […]
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Here’s a quiz: Which of the following tools is most powerful for motivating employees? Recognition for good work Incentives Interpersonal support Clear goals Support for making progress in work If you are like 95 percent of managers who responded to a Harvard study, the answer will surprise you. Most managers believe that recognition for good […]
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On a scale of one to 10, with ten being the best, how many of you believe you maximize your time on a daily basis and accomplish everything you seek to accomplish? Based on my observations, informal interviews, and personal experiences, this is one of the most challenging aspects of a leader’s life. There are […]
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Bach looks back

In June 2011, Steve Bach took office as the city’s first strong mayor, promising to transform city government, revitalize the local economy and run a lean, efficient, business-friendly administration. Those tasks would have challenged the most experienced politician, yet Bach had never served as an elected official. His decades of business experience had familiarized him […]
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People who network for professional reasons have incredible guilt. “In fact, it makes us feel like we’re breaking our morality,” said Phil Wilburn, a social network analysis expert for the Center for Creative Leadership’s Colorado Springs campus. Wilburn was one of very few men who attended the Women Inspiring Leadership Development...
We all negotiate — all of the time. We negotiate with our employees, with clients, with salespeople, with our children, with car dealers, and on and on. Most of what you read on negotiating skills makes it sound like you have to be a certain type of person to be a good negotiator. But the […]
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Problem: I was recently promoted to lead an already successful team and I’m beginning to understand how to manage the employees. However, many of them are content with the way things are, and they’re resistant to change. How do I convince them to welcome change and work toward new...
When did taking the easy way out become the way to do business? Or to boost the economy, build communities, improve our schools, raise our kids and solve our problems? When did we decide that being a leader was a cushy job?