TO BE HONEST, I’m not a huge fan of industry conferences.  I’ve done a lot of them over the years, and often they give me negligible value.

There’s some that are different.

For instance, last year I went to the Small Giants Summit in Denver, and it was inspiring and intensely valuable.

What was different?

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THE PARLOUR is a Colorado chain of salons stretching between Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver.

Led by Gene Cahill, it was started in Fort Collins in 1998 to fill a perceived gap in excellent, personal salon services.

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Thank you Kyle BroadAMERICANS ARE DISSATISFIED with the direction of morals and values in our country.

Thus proclaimed a recent study that I heard mentioned on the radio.

Here’s the problem, though:  This has been a common complaint, pretty much for the entirety of human history.  It has to do with the innate sense of striving that we have as humans, and frustration that things rarely go as we desire.

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CHRISTUS RESURREXIT!  Christ is risen!

We need new life in everything: our careers, our health, our families, our businesses.

So it’s good to recognize that this is healthy, necessary, even essential.  But for new life to spring forth, the old has to die off.

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. — John 12:24

So let’s take this day to recognize what new life God has given us.  A new chance.  A new way of looking at things.

And our own role in the world.

I wish you all a wonderful and sacred Easter season, today and over the coming weeks!

DO YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY running the same old job postings that everyone else in your industry is doing?

Stop it!  As a mission-driven, values-based organization, you can take an entirely different approach.

Check out this article that I published on the Conscious Company Media site:

Values are king at social impact jobs

In my decades as a business consultant, I’ve learned that many of the technical skills — most of the stuff in the job description — are trainable. What really makes someone suitable for a job at your mission-driven enterprise is how well they align with your mission and values.

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MESH FORT COLLINS is a great new community for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in the region.  You might know that it took over the space formerly occupied by Galvanize at 242 Linden Street.

Mesh is an expansion of an idea that’s seen success in Japan as Future Venture Capital Ltd.  FVC Americas was established last year to become the hub in northern Colorado for startups with great potential.

I’ve been following the local startup scene for several years, so it’s exciting to hear that Mesh is not just serving the high tech market.  They’re helping businesses in all industries, even those who aren’t getting all the press these days.

After all, there are great new companies in all corners of the economy.

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YOU’RE SCARED TO TAKE the next step.

And it’s not even a bet-the-farm situation, where you have to put everything on the line.  This is actually a reasonable decision, but you’re stuck on tradeoffs between different requirements and points of view.

There’s a way to break out of this paralysis.

Scientific researchers run experiments, and huge progress is made.  So let’s do the same thing here.

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JDOG JUNK REMOVAL is a fascinating new business here in northern Colorado.  I had never heard of it before, so I was surprised to find out that this rapidly-growing franchise operation is already at 73 locations around the country – and counting.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Lewis this week, the new owner of the local franchise that opened in February 2017.

What’s amazing is the mission behind this company.

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THIS WEEK INCLUDED THE SUDDEN DEATH of two people in my circle of family and friends.

It gets you thinking. And praying.

This is when you realize that the world doesn’t begin and end with your business, your job, your activities.

It’s the kind of wakeup call that happens when you have a heart attack or big cancer scare.

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communityCOMMUNITIES HAVE SPRUNG TO THE TOP of my mind this week.

Each of us has communities that we participate in and contribute to.  Social groups.  Family.  Work.  Spiritual support.  And other friendships.

This is much more important than we usually recognize.

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