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

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

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

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

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

Leading and defining organizational culture and why it matters

How would you describe the overall atmosphere in your office? Are your public statements verified or disproved by your employees’ behaviors? What kinds of perceptions are revealed in their candid comments? Do your people feel appreciated—or depreciated? How does their collective demeanor affect the quality of their work and the comprehensive customer experience? Like water Read More

What do you truly value?

From the annals of Aesop’s fables comes a lesson from stag on what’s truly valuable. Reflecting on his image in a pool of water, a great stag admired the strength, size and shape of his comely antlers. But of his trifling feet of small split hooves, he pitied himself. A lion appeared and the stag Read More

How specifically articulating my requests make the world a better place

As a successful grant writer, I’ve learned to clearly articulate my need with respect to a grantor’s guidelines and principles. In every application, I study all of the conditions and criteria, and make sure that my proposed project fully meets every one of the objectives the grantor wishes to accomplish with its own money. Because Read More

Take a turn at the front

Migrating Canada geese have a very public and proven way of spearheading their progress. By advancing together in a vee, their leader induces an aerodynamic lift for all who follow. And if you observe carefully, you’ll note that the Chief Honker switches periodically, as another energetic follower extends its neck and takes the lead for Read More

Envisioning and crafting a custom-built future

My eyes are extremely near-sighted. That means they are able to focus only a very short distance from my retinas. It’s particularly helpful when I need to remove a splinter from my finger; I can bring it right up to my eyeballs, detect the minutest detail, and nimbly extract the problem. But if I ever Read More