Leadership Focus

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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The Art of Communication: Learning to Listen Without Prejudice

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October 11, 2016

Deke Copenhaver

I’ve often made the observation that the Good Lord gave most of us two eyes, two ears and one mouth which says to me that we should probably consider spending two thirds of our time watching and listening and a third of it talking.

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The Art of Leadership: How to Paint Paintings, Write Stories and Create Things That Last

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September 12, 2016

Deke Copenhaver

Whether it’s in business, government or any other profession, leading through artistic sensibilities may not seem a common route to choose, but it undoubtedly can lead to the creation of organizations and institutions that will simply stand the test of time while continuing to have a positive impact long after our season of leading them has drawn to a close.

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Millennial Engagement: Why We Need This Generation as Public Servants

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August 15, 2016

Deke Copenhaver

Over the past several years I’ve developed great friendships and working relationships with many young leaders throughout our community. They’re entrepreneurs, CEO’s of successful technology start-up's, restaurant owners, vice-presidents of successful companies  and elected officials who share in common the fact that they’re all under the age of forty. In developing these strong ties to millennials, I’ve come to the conclusion that all of our communities would be very fortunate to have more individuals from this generation serving in elected office.

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Why We Could Use More Artists, Athletes and Architects as Politicians

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July 18, 2016

Deke Copenhaver

I came to realize during my time in office just how much having been exposed to the arts in my youth benefited me everyday as a mayor.

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Rebuilding Trust in Government: Why It Has to Start at the Local Level

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June 14, 2016

Deke Copenhaver

As we survey the national  landscape these days it has become more than apparent that there is simply a fundamental lack of trust in government  running rampant throughout our nation.  Politics as usual and a breach of the public trust by many elected officials has led to a sense of unease and even outright anger taking hold while shaking the very foundations of our political process.

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Putting Public Service Above Politics: How To Do It and Why It Matters

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May 12, 2016

Deke Copenhaver

In what seems to be a never ending campaign season where we’re all bombarded with speeches, debates and enough political rhetoric to make our collective heads spin I wanted to take a moment to shift some focus back to the idea of what it means to be a public servant as opposed to a politician.

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The Art of Governing: 5 lessons I Learned from Rock & Roll

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April 12, 2016

Deke Copenhaver

Governing, like rock and roll, can be a little unwieldy and it isn’t always pretty to watch. Yet focusing on the art of doing it in innovative ways can produce a final product which can stand the test of time if you work at it long enough.

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The Art of Changemaking & Why Your City Should Be a Start-Up

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March 10, 2016

Deke Copenhaver

There simply is no way for the places we choose to call home to stand still in a global economy where the world is in a constant state of disruption and transition with innovation taking place every day at an ever quickening pace. 

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