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People who run charities or other volunteer organizations have a big advantage over those of us in the for-profit sector: They know they have to tap peoples’ energy in a different way.

Because, of course, they can’t pay those volunteers. Well, maybe with a bit of beer and pizza, but that’s about it.

Over the course of my life, I’ve volunteered my time and energy in many places. And I’ve led teams of volunteers myself. Am I crazy?

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How enthusiastic are your customers about your products? Your company?

Of course, you have the most amazing products and services. You strive every day to promote them and to constantly improve them. That’s fantastic.

But … enthusiasm for your company? That’s harder to answer.

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The solar industry is growing, and rapidly. I’ve watched as the economics have shifted over the last couple of decades, and we’re now to the point where it can totally make sense to outfit your house or business with solar.

Ian Skor

That’s why I was excited to speak with Ian Skor recently. He and his partner Andrew Lyle started Sandbox Solar in 2015, focused on serving clients here in northern Colorado. It’s mostly residential for right now, but both residential and commercial are growing rapidly.

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I ran across a really cool concept the other day called Pledge 1% Colorado. It’s a neat idea to support and encourage businesses to help nonprofits benefit from their company’s growth.

There’s no question that business leaders are looking for creative ways to have positive impact in their communities. It’s inspiring!

But there’s a flip side that you need to ask yourself:

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YOUR PRIMARY VALUE as a leader is to give people direction, to align their work in order to achieve the large goals of the group.

But that’s the left-brain way of thinking. It’s fine and necessary as far as it goes, but it’s missing something.

Caring. Purpose. Passion.

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YOU’RE VERY PASSIONATE about your mission. I get that. I wish everyone had that level of engagement with their business and job.

The dark side of that passion is that it can easily disconnect you from your customers.

How so?

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WE’RE ALL PASSIONATE about something.

Finding a cure for cancer.  Cherry cheesecake.  Spending time with the kids.  Being inventive.

For everyone it’s a bit different.  But that’s the problem when you’re trying to get a group of people aligned around a common goal.

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YOU’D LIKE FOR THE WORLD to be a safe place. After all, you’ve put your heart and soul into your business, and it would be terrible to have it fall apart.

So you try to play it safe.

But there are different kinds of safety. You could run close to the edge on being legal – but if you step over that edge, the regulators will shut you down.  Permanently.

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neliaNELIA HARPER IS A LOCAL ARTIST with some considerable talent.  We’ve known each other for several years, so I was interested to explore what’s happening in her journey of discovery and building her new business.

It’s common to think that artists are inherently flaky or ungrounded.  But I find this not to be true.

For myself, I think that artistry is just another aspect of a wonderful life.  For me, it’s music.

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vision boardSTARTING UP A BUSINESS can be a real challenge.

Let me revise that.

For most people, we struggle with what it takes.  But I met a guy this week who’s started up so many ventures that it boggles the mind.  And many, if not most, were quite successful.

He’s that “serial entrepreneur” that we tend to laud and admire.

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