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Don’t be a Twit

Roald Dahl, the celebrated author, wrote a delightfully disgusting story for children about a wretched, extra-specially horrible couple named Mr. and Mrs. Twit. Not only are they dirty, ugly, and mean-spirited, they are also stupid, and fall prey to their own nasty tricks. The Twits built their house without any windows, because they didn’t want Read More

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Park and recreation’s big picture issues

The park and recreation profession is a diverse and comprehensive industry that improves personal, social, environmental, and economic health; promotes unifying and comprehensive solutions to societal issues; and advances standards of living wherever its unique contributions are sought and valued. In preparation for developing a series of statewide issue-based strategic plans, I am enlisting help Read More

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How dare I NOT be offended!

One late evening of the American Civil War, President Lincoln visited the home of General McClellan, head of the Army of the Potomac, to discuss vital strategy. The General was out, so he waited for his return. After an hour McClellan arrived and was told that his important guest was waiting. Without a word, he Read More

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Does your private life truly impact your public life?

It’s frequently denied, but more commonly ignored. We swear we don’t want to know what public leaders do privately—it’s their own business. (Yet the media claims it’s merely scooping up the private dirt the insatiable public appetite demands!) Perhaps. But we need look no further than the morning’s headlines to document the direct correlation between Read More

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The All New Change Game: how to play to win!

Gordon Moore, cofounder of Intel, famously observed more than 50 years ago that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. And he’s been prophetically accurate in that prediction, which is now referred to as Moore’s Law, as the capability in digital electronic devices—from microprocessors to memory and pixel capacities—to mention just three—has exploded exponentially. And with Read More

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How to live, eat and breathe leadership

When her workplace instituted a new nonsmoking rule, Gail came to realize that healthy living is a lifestyle choice—not just a workday prohibition. Practicing it part-time simply wouldn’t produce the results she wanted. So she chose to quit smoking entirely, eat better, exercise more frequently and enjoy the benefits of her healthier body. This serial Read More

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How to destroy the debilitating effects of (gulp!) ignorance within

Ignorance is debilitating. Being ignorant does not mean a person is stupid or unintelligent. It simply refers to knowledge not possessed, like a little child who is ignorant of how to drive a car. I myself am ignorant of a great many things, including international macroeconomics, internal medicine, and my way around the kitchen. However, Read More

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How to soar over the ruins of stinkin’ thinkin’

When my overcrowded local library was looking to expand, it wasn’t the people interested in improving themselves and their community who came out against it, of course, but only those who weren’t, or who refused to see the value in a better resource. Some people, bluntly put, prefer ignorance. The worst even take pride in Read More

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How to hire the right people for the right jobs

One of my most challenging and delicate personnel issues involved a young man I had hired for his first professional job. Unfortunately, a number of disturbing shortcomings surfaced soon after he completed his orientation and assumed his duties. Despite his willing cooperation and our collective best efforts in seeking ways to improve, he was unable Read More

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Mission: I’m possible

Episode 4-20-15 Setting: Right here, right now. Good morning. Your natural mental and emotional outlook today can be your most important ally—or your most insidious foe! Normally undetected by remote surveillance, your mental disposition runs a clandestine intelligence-gathering operation. It is well-connected, extremely clever and highly efficient. All your internal communiques, all your interpersonal diplomacy, Read More