Category Archives: August 2008

Strategically Sound

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles that will look at the responsibility of boards and how to create dialogue to improve them. Although there are no right and wrong answers to the following suggestions, it is important to note that you should have answers in order to maximize board potential. A hot topic for high-performance boards deals with methods to stay focused on the “forest” without losing sight of the “trees” and governance. Garey (a … Continue reading

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Just Say No

I have a friend, a father of four, who’s told me time and time again, “you know Rod our family always says no first.” Before I knew him well, it used to bother me. How could you always default to no? Wouldn’t you miss a ton of wonderful opportunities? Wouldn’t you end up denying your kids wonderful experiences? Wouldn’t your son or daughter fall behind the other kids – the one’s playing on ultra-competitive travel teams? What kind of future … Continue reading

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Not Another Training Session

Training, ranging from voluntary to mandatory, frequently appears on a list of staff expectations. It can also be a source of tension between employees and management. But if training can improve performance in any number of ways, why would anyone oppose it? Managers attending professional workshops in the past have sometimes observed a few participants hurriedly completing Continuing Education Unit forms and bolting for the door, even before the session has finished. And who among us hasn’t heard the snide … Continue reading

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Precautionary Measures

When it comes to children, we generally do everything possible to keep them safe–we strap them into seatbelts in the car, make them wear helmets while riding bikes, and take them to doctor appointments for immunizations and checkups. Yet, when it comes to youth sports, safety oftentimes gets nudged out of the picture. The results can be painful injuries or–even worse–catastrophic outcomes. An Unnecessary Lesson Take the heart-wrenching incident in Phoenix, Ariz., earlier this summer. An 8-year-old boy was killed … Continue reading

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Ten Tips For Locker Rooms

For most patrons, using a recreation center locker room ranks somewhere between public speaking and skydiving on a list of things to avoid. Besides being an unpopular place to spend time, it is also one of the most expensive to construct, one of the most troublesome to maintain and one of the most difficult to renovate. With all of these challenges, it is a wonder that locker rooms haven’t been phased out along with group showers, but they are necessary, … Continue reading

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