1. See You at the Finish Line: The USA Pro Challenge and YOU!

    The USA Pro (Cycling) Challenge was held in our beautiful state of Colorado last week. Racers from all over the world competed and Colorado was mighty proud when the winner, Tejay VanGarderen, was one of our own, hailing from Boulder. This was no small feat, as the seven-consecutive-days route, starting in Aspen and ending in Denver, was lauded as “American Cycling’s Most Difficult Professional Race Featuring Lung-Searing Altitudes (higher than they ever had to reach) and the First-Ever Mountaintop Finish Route.”

    Needless to say, the competitors did not jump into this race on a lark. On the contrary, thousands of hours of grueling training precede the race itself, from Interval to Circuit Training. In addition to building up physical stamina, a certain amount of finesse is also required.

    Here are 3 tips from the USA Pro Challenge that could be helpful to all of us, whether we’re a biker or not:

    1. CROUCH DOWN: When riders surge past both sides of you, crouch down a bit to stay upright and balanced.

    In Life: Even if you’re a confident person, usually striding tall through life, sometimes it could be of benefit to pull it in a bit so you can be in better alignment with others around you.

    2. LOOK FOR THE DIAGONALS: Riding right up, straight between two riders can be an instant invitation to (Read more…)


  2. Masterful Networking: The Governor Got it Right!

    Today, January 9, 2014, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper delivered his annual State of the State address to the Colorado Legislature and the people of Colorado.

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

    One of the statements the Governor made that really jumped out at me was this:

    “Colorado is at her best when we are connected to one another, working together.”

    Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat or even a resident of the beautiful state of Colorado, it doesn’t matter when it comes to acknowledging the wisdom of this statement. Collaboration and connecting yield exponential results time and time again. I assume most of you would agree with that. However, the truth is that since we all have different backgrounds and behavioral styles, collaborating and connecting come naturally to some people; to others, not so much. So while we might think that networking and collaborating are great ideas, we often don’t really know how to make them happen.

    To help you deepen and strengthen your own connections, collaborations and networking in this New Year:

    ▪ Take the time to build relationships with your colleagues and those outside of your circles. While most people think of networking as something one does outside of one’s organization, internal networking and collaboration are just as important. (Read more…)


  3. What’s Your Name? Is it Mary or Sue?

    I recently heard the classic 60s oldies tune What’s Your Name? by Don and Juan on the radio and the well known words,

    What’s your name? Is it Mary or Sue?
    What’s your name? Do I stand a chance with you?

    . . . made me think of the holidays.

    I know, it’s a little odd, with nary a “Jingle Bells” or “Silent Night” in sight (or, er, sound), but, still, holidays-reminding it did. That’s because this is the time of year when invitations arrive in our mailboxes to holiday festivities. (Okay, stick with me here.) Some of us are delighted by these invites; others, not so much. Either way, when we accept an invitation, we have some “pre-event” preparations of our own:

    • Select an outfit
    • Purchase a host gift
    • Get a baby-sitter
    • Line up mode of transportation

    . . . and so forth.

    These are the logistical matters. One of the aspects we often don’t give much thought to, however, is (Read more…)


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