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PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS STRIVING for improvement. And visionaries paint an attractive picture of the future.

Leaders are the ones who can make the connection between the two.

The challenge is to pick a vision which is attractive, believable, and attainable. But you may have discovered that each of these is squishy, with lots of room for challenges.

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PEOPLE OFTEN COMPLAIN that companies only worry about the current quarter, or even the current week.

I don’t care if you’re a one-person business, or a billion dollar mega-corporation. You care that the business is going to survive. For years, decades, even forever.

As a leader, your role is to plan for that future, to lay the groundwork and structure for enduring success. So don’t complain about the shortsightedness of the stock market, or the regulators, or your boss. It doesn’t help.

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ANY BUSINESS OWNER has a very interesting dance – to be immersed in the details while staying aligned with their bigger mission and goals.  Honestly, this is one of the powerful ways that my clients use my coaching: To ensure that we stay connected with the big picture.

Otherwise, they tend to never get away from the unending onslaught of details and day-to-day issues.

So how do you stay on top of this?  Actually, it’s pretty practical: Read the rest of this entry »

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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LILLY SORENSEN owns the local franchise of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?  You may have seen their trucks driving around, but don’t know the great company which they represent.

I sure didn’t.

Lilly started her journey back in Ann Arbor, when she was looking for a job and joined up as a driver for the company.  Despite their pleas to keep her on, she ended up moving out here to Colorado to start a new life.

But the universe can be a surprising place.

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Love_in_the_blue_sky“IF YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO, you’ll never work a day in your life.”  This quote has been attributed to a variety of people, so I’m not going to pick just one.

It has a strong foundation of truth in it.  I do indeed love my work, and it’s totally changed my outlook on my career, indeed, the rest of my life.

But I don’t love it all the time.

And I don’t love every part of it.  There’s grunge work and boring parts and annoyances.

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Source: Alexandre Normand

Source: Alexandre Normand

Amazing things are happening in 2015.  And not just here locally, but across the industry in this country and others.

It’s a good thing, because I believe that the natural order of things goes through cycles.  And the past 5 years have been more of a down-cycle than up.

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Helmet Revision_FinalON MONDAY I talked about Change Composites’ Umbo Helmet which they submitted for the Blue Ocean Challenge at CSU.

It was a day of great innovative ideas in a wide range of areas.

Today, I’m very pleased to see that this company just won second place in the competition yesterday, landing $5000 in prize money and nation-wide recognition.

Umbo_logoKudos to a great team with a powerful mission.  You’re going to change the world!

Shield with UmboDO YOU SEE THAT BUMP in the middle of the shield?

That’s an Umbo.  It’s used to deflect swords and better defend the soldier.

So it’s interesting that a new company designing a better bike headgear has chosen to call it an Umbo Helmet.

This is a group with a mission, for sure.

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Janska’s outerwear

JANSKA PRODUCES STYLISH WOMEN’S WEAR and is based here in Colorado.  Jan Erickson started this venture 2003 based on an experience she had with a friend who was incapacitated at the time.

Jan’s friend was a talented, respected woman.  But when dressed in a hospital gown, her self-esteem took a hard hit.  More importantly, others in the facility treated her as more of a nameless patient than a vibrant individual.

Jan had the idea to develop a line of wear which was accessible to those with limited mobility, while also being incredibly comforting and stylish.

Janska was born.

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