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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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Creating Positive Change in a Turbulent World: It’s Up to Us

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August 3, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

Real and sustainable change for the better in our nation will not come through any of us putting our trust blindly in the hands of any political party. It will come from us putting our trust in ourselves and each other.

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Uniting our Cities and the Strength of Diversity

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July 13, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

I honestly believe that local elected officials can, and should, have a major impact on uniting the citizens we serve from all walks of life around the common cause of making our communities models for embracing diversity, inclusion and tolerance.

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Healing in Our Nation: It Begins at the Local Level

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June 9, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

It is my great hope that local governments in our great state and throughout our nation will rise above the politics of division and take a leadership role in holding true to the ideal that our nation is “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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Leading in Crisis: Listen to the Professionals

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May 14, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

I firmly believe that in the current situation we find ourselves it is now more important than ever for local elected officials to listen to the experts.

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Leading Your Team Remotely During a Crisis

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April 20, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

Although I would hope that working from home and leading remotely doesn’t become the new normal, what leaders everywhere are learning from our current situation will help us better understand how to lead in difficult circumstances in the future.

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Hope for the Future: Connecting with the Next Generation of Leaders

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March 9, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

Whether it be addressing toxic global political polarization or a win at all costs mindset held by some, this generation is not only ready for positive change but also willing to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and initiate it.

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The Art of Leadership and Leading for the Long Haul

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February 12, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

Taking the long-view in the decision making process can be difficult in the short term, but will always pay dividends in the long run.

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The Art of Leadership: Conversations Lead to Hope

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January 13, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

In a series of conversations during Uber rides last fall, I was able to learn a tremendous amount about the world and other parts of our country that I never knew before.

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The Art of Leadership and Always Taking the Long View

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December 9, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

As local elected officials serving cities throughout the great state of Georgia, we have perhaps one of the best leadership platforms available to set an example for the next generation of leaders as to what true public service looks like.

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The Art of Leadership: Learning from the Voices of Children

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November 11, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

As local elected officials and leaders throughout our state, I would encourage each of us to take the time to talk to and to really listen to children in our communities. They’re smart, they’re aware and they have real concerns for, and insights into, the places they and their families call home.

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Leadership and Why Telling Our Stories Matters

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October 7, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

I continue to be reminded that all politics are local and that people gravitate to stories of hope and inspiration. 

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Leading for the Bell Curve and Not the Extremes

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September 10, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

Not pandering to the extremes or the vocal minorities in any leadership role you may occupy may be difficult at times, but leadership is never easy. Focusing in on the needs of those that make up the majority of the bell curve is always the best way to proceed.

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Leadership Lessons: Don’t Be a Bully, Don’t Walk Alone, and Keep Your Team Safe and Secure

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August 12, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In a world where a "win at all costs" mentality seems to have taken root in many sectors of our society, I believe that the world is hungrier now more than ever for true, authentic leadership. In this column I’d like to take the opportunity to share with you some leadership lessons I’ve learned along the way which I hope will be helpful in your own leadership endeavors.

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Putting People Over Politics: Why It’s Now More Important Than Ever

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July 16, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

It’s painfully obvious to me, and many people that I talk to on a regular basis, that elected officials putting their politics above the people they serve has continually led to the same result, an undermining of public trust in the institution of government and the political process as a whole.

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Moving Beyond Labels and Perceptions

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June 13, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In his June column, Deke Copenhaver shares the perceptions people have of what a political leader is and reminds local elected leaders of the important role they play in influencing the leaders of tomorrow and shaping our nation's political climate.

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