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September 19, 2014

New school aims to prepare students for STEM careers

By Mike Taylor

Serial entrepreneur Vic Ahmed believes massive debt incurred by college students hinders their career development and future education options, ultimately depriving the country the full use of some of its brightest minds. He’s one of the driving forces behind the STEM Learning Center at Innovation Pavilion, set to debut in Centennial this fall with the aim of preparing students for the work force or to start their own companies right out of high school.  “Just imagine a country in which a significant portion of the ‘best of the best’ are walking out of

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September 19, 2014

Overtraining and fatigue in athletes

The importance of monitoring

By the Vail Vitality Center

It is a general assumption that a training program will always work. However, there are many factors that can interfere with the proper assimilation of training and therefore elicit a maladaptation or an overtraining state. The first principle of training is the overload principle, where the body is stressed to elicit an adaptation and an improvement in performance, which is called supercompensation.  For a supercomensation to occur, however, it is crucial to have a correct assimilation of the training load as well as a recovery. The problem affecting many athletes is that either the

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September 19, 2014

Single? You still need an estate plan

They're not just for the married or rich

By Herb White

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?   Tim, a single executive with a social media company, was too busy in his new career to bother about an estate plan. That’s for married folks, he’d said.   Gwen, a flight attendant who is single and thinking about retiring, laughs when she hears people talk about estate planning. Who’s rich enough for an estate?   Henry, who has lived with his partner Todd for years, never thought about what would happen to Todd financially after Henry’s death.   All three of these singles are going on

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September 18, 2014

The age of the “intrapreneur”

What it means to businesses large and small

By John Basso

An individual that acts as an entrepreneur within an organization: an intrapreneur. A person employed at a company who seeks to implement his/her creative ideas to advance the business. Many companies have a handful of them in house, but those in leadership positions might not recognize the traits of an intrapreneur, or know how to utilize their talents to the company’s advantage. Because intrapreneurs are always looking to do their own thing, often when they go unnoticed or unchallenged, they won’t stick around for very long. A perfect example: Nest. The brains behind

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September 18, 2014

Urban village to fill void

Redevelopment of former hospital site in the works

By Margaret Jackson

It’s been seven years since the University of Colorado Hospital moved to the Anschutz Medical Campus, leaving its location at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard as a prime spot for redevelopment. Time and again, developers have tried to buy the property and launch a project, but market conditions and neighborhood opposition have thwarted those efforts. Now, however, an all-star team led by Continuum Partners has the 41-acre site under contract for $30 million in a deal that’s expected to close by the end of the year. Since the University of Colorado Board of

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September 18, 2014

Top Companies 2014: Working with purpose

Plus the nonprofit winner

By Gigi Sukin

Make no mistake, the basis for business is to make money. That hasn’t changed since the dawn of capitalism. But increasingly, companies that rise to the top have been driven by something more: a greater purpose — whether it’s providing jobs, improving lives, protecting the environment, fostering stronger human connections or some alternative higher aim — and the money has followed. That much was evident from the nominations submitted for ColoradoBiz magazine’s 27th annual Top Company Awards, arguably Colorado’s most competitive and rigorously judged

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September 17, 2014

Exploring servant leadership

How to foster willing followership

By Bob Vanourek

"Good leaders must first become good servants.”  Robert Greenleaf Decades ago, when I first heard about and read “The Leader as Servant,” by Robert Greenleaf, it was a mind-flip for me that has changed my beliefs about leadership. Robert Greenleaf (1904–1990) was the founder of the modern Servant leadership movement and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. Greenleaf worked for AT&T for forty years, researching management and concerned that top-down, command-and-control leadership was a flawed approach. In 1970 he published an essay, "The

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