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Listening: The Lost Art

There is an adage that says, “God gave us two eyes and two ears but only one mouth so we would look and listen twice as much as we talk.” Looking and listening are closely related and support each other, but I think listening should rank as number one on the charts of skills many of us can improve. I would categorize listening as a lost art, but one that many of us would benefit from if we could re-discover it. … Continue reading

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7 Secrets of Successful Succession Planning

7 Secrets of Successful Succession Planning
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When the time arrives to lay the foundation for the future of your business or company, developing and implementing a succession plan is the natural next step. Creating the necessary internal structure and supports to guide current employees toward filling key leadership positions within your company is no small task, and there’s far more to succession planning than just finding the right replacement for someone who’s retiring or leaving. Still, before you dive into the steps and strategies of creating … Continue reading

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When School Goes In, Seasonal Help Goes Out

Celebrate seasonal workers - and keep 'em coming back for more!
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School will be starting this month and while stay-at-home parents may be celebrating, parks and rec departments are lamenting the exodus of seasonal help as high school and college students – and teachers – head back to the classrooms. Think about it; what would parks and rec departments do without that extra influx of staff to accommodate the expansion of youth programs for the summer season? From camp counselors and interns to extra help with maintenance and field preparations, seasonal … Continue reading

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Water, Water Everywhere – Or Is It?

How is your department conserving this precious commodity? 
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If someone were to ask you: What is the most valuable resource on earth? What would you say? Diamonds? Rubies? Gold? Titanium? Oil? Those would be valid choices; however, I submit that water is the most taken-for-granted but absolutely-essential element in our world. People pontificate about the value of diamonds or gold, but they pale in comparison to the vital importance of water. Quite simply, we can’t live without it. Think about it: throughout history people have planned and lived … Continue reading

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Trash, By Any Other Name, is Still Despicable

It goes by many names in many places: in Spain, it is called basura; in Sweden it is known as papperskorgen; Italians refer to it as spazzatura; here in America it even has many monikers – trash, garbage, refuse, litter. Though it may sound exotic in those other languages, litter, by any other name, is despicable and for parks and rec professionals it is probably public enemy number one. To be honest, I have never understood the psyche of litter … Continue reading

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