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Leadership Focus is written by Deke Copenhaver, Principal with Copenhaver Consulting LLC. The former mayor of Augusta, a triathlete, writer and runner, Deke is focused on transforming great ideas into great actions.

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Leadership and Civic Pride: Inspiring Hope in Cities

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April 15, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In a time when our politics have become more toxic than ever before, I believe that it is of the utmost importance that leaders at the local level heighten their efforts to engender a sense of civic pride in current and future generations. 

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City Centers Represent Heartbeat of Our Communities

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March 12, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In what can often be a siloed world, downtowns everywhere ultimately represent a melting pot and a connection point where local citizens and visitors alike can gather together on common ground.

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Young Leaders Inspire Hope for the Future

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February 14, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In cities across our state there are dynamic, energetic and emerging young leaders doing amazing things who are just waiting to be given a seat at the table and be part of the decision-making process of how our communities grow and evolve.

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Statesmanlike Leadership: Impacting the Next Generation

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January 11, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

I’ve come to realize that it’s physically impossible to join hands and work together if we maintain a constant focus on pointing fingers and placing blame, which seems to be a national obsession in politics these days.

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Finding Inspiration in the Leaders Among Us

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December 12, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

In a world so often fraught with controversy and confusion, it’s my humble opinion that true servant leadership, the kind that gives people hope and inspiration, is now more important than ever. 

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Moving Beyond Partisan Politics Starts at the Local Level

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November 12, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

During these turbulent political times, where our nation seems to be hopelessly divided along partisan lines, I firmly believe that if things are going to change, the change must begin at the local level.

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Treating Others with Dignity and Respect: Why it Still Matters

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October 10, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

Today’s world, particularly in politics, seems to be increasingly bereft of the idea that treating people with common decency is a good thing, much less as a character trait we should encourage current and future generations to emulate. How do we fix a problem that seems unfixable in a society all too fixated on the idea that “might makes right” combined with a win at all cost mindset? 

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Building Stronger Communities through Unity

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September 12, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

In spite of the uninspiring, vitriolic and hyper-partisan nature of today’s political landscape, I believe that beneath the surface our nation is not as divided as some may think.

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Leadership and the Only Power that Really Matters

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August 10, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

It is my firm belief through watching and learning from the great leaders I’ve come in contact with that they all have in common one simple trait: they didn’t focus on seeking power but rather to empower those around them. For me the only real power that matters for transformational leaders is the power to inspire.

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The Press + The Public Sector + The Private Sector = The Power to Transform

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July 16, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

It is my firm belief that transformational change within cities can best be achieved with a renewed focus on enlightened self-interest at all levels. When the private sector sets a vision which is subsequently supported by the public sector, great things can be achieved, creating an inertia which is hard for anyone, including the press, to ignore. In a world of often diminishing resources, our local business communities partnering with our local governments at a heightened level is the best possible scenario in order to truly fulfill the potential of any city.

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Leadership Lessons: Mentoring and Passing the Baton

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June 14, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

Fostering new leadership through the mentoring process isn’t just some warm fuzzy idea, it’s a key principle in ensuring that our work places and the places we call home are able to recruit and retain the lifeblood of the best and brightest young minds.

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Arts and Culture: What They Mean to our Economic Development Efforts

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May 10, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

Often times it seems as though investment in the local arts and culture community rise to the top of the list of potential cuts. However, from an economic development perspective, quality-of-life investments are a major factor in business recruitment and is something that should never be undervalued.

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Economic Development: It's a Team Game

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April 12, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

It's always been my firm belief that creating jobs and opportunity at all levels in the places we call home is simply a great equalizer which can cut across all political and socio-economic lines...if done correctly.

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Seeking Common Ground: Why It’s Not as Hard as We Make It

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March 9, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

The realization by local governments that the citizens we serve, no matter the district they live in, and are not too dissimilar when it comes to their basic wants and needs, can provide a framework for elected officials to work together towards resolving big picture issues facing cities nationwide.

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True Confessions of a Former Mayor: My Media Experiment

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February 14, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

After leaving office I had a unique opportunity to seek the common ground in our community as I was asked to host a daily talk show on a local radio station.  Although I had very little radio experience I welcomed the chance to have three hours of air time daily to laser focus on what was going on in our community.

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