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Watch Out For One Another

When you see something, say something -- in a kind and professional way. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / diego_cervo

Part III: How staff members can help each other observe professional boundaries In Parts I and II of this article series on maintaining professional boundaries with youth, I introduced the concept of a fiduciary, and revealed the vulnerabilities that tempt adults to cross boundaries. When you are comfortable with the concept of a fiduciary and fluent in the vulnerabilities that make us human (and therefore sometimes dangerous), you are ready to stabilize your proficiency with peer support. In Part III, … Continue reading

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Time Redesign

What are your time-management obstacles?

Attacking Five Common Enemies of Efficiency Part 1 of this Week-Ender series (“The Science of Time Management”) drew the distinction between controllable and uncontrollable aspects of our existence. Readers can review my recommendations for making deliberate choices that maximize control and happiness here. But what happens when we intend to make a choice — such as mowing the lawn before watching the game on TV, or cleaning out the closet before shopping for new clothes — and we fail? What … Continue reading

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The Science Behind Time Management

Focus on the little things you can control in this world.

The psychological starting point for time management goes like this: Although some of our reality happens outside of our awareness, we are consciously aware of some portion of our existence. The universe, such as we experience it while we are awake, is divided into things we can control and things we cannot control. What’s the stuff you can’t control? • The Earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours. • The weather varies, both daily and seasonally, regardless of … Continue reading

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Universal Vulnerabilities

All of us can be tempted to cross intimacy boundaries when working with children. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / photography33

In Part I of this series on maintaining professional boundaries with young people, I introduced the concept of a fiduciary, suggested the guideline of “Doubt = Don’t,” and outlined practical and effective ways in which directors could train staff to act responsibly. These fundamental ideas and practices serve as the basis for decent behavior. In Part II, I’ll expose the vulnerabilities that tempt adults to cross boundaries in the first place. The allure of becoming more popular in youngsters’ eyes … Continue reading

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Time Outs As Treats

Take some time to do a little bit of nothing.

Solitary time is missing from our daily schedules. Those restorative, reflective moments when we can appreciate, take stock, problem-solve, meditate, or pray have been eclipsed by smart phones, shared calendars (that others shoehorn appointments into for us) and a general feeling that time must be filled to be functional. But let’s not be trite. “Time is money” is so 1980s. So Michael Douglas in “Wall Street.” Today, time is no longer compared to money or even precious metals. (Silence, however, … Continue reading

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