Category Archives: February 2010

The Call

The phone rang as it has a habit of doing during the work day. When I answered, I was greeted with a fairly strident voice apologizing for what he was about to say. Now, I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have many upbeat conversations that start that way. I had a pretty good idea where this one was headed. The caller, a regular PRB reader, went on to detail how our fact-checking department had dropped the ball on … Continue reading

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Did You Know? “We Will Rock You,” a favorite of sports fans and teams for three decades, ranks as the most-played song at games of the National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball for the 2008-09 season. –Information provided by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) ——————————————————————————————————————————————– Fishbowl Finds Familiar Scene Far and Wide I really needed this article to pull me out of a slump trying to get the message out about the same idea in my county. … Continue reading

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Strike An (Optic) Nerve

From the beginning, the intent of this column has been to help managers think about and explain agency issues from a “visual” perspective. In the spirit of empowerment, this month’s column follows the ancient parable’s instruction to teach people how to fish rather than simply giving them a fish. The variety of techniques used to “draw” each month’s tools actually can be grouped into a few common categories. The “Circular” Logic Of Venn Diagrams In 1880, John Venn published an … Continue reading

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Stepping Up With Safer Programs

I recently read of a case in Northern California where the well-known founder of a youth soccer league was arrested for allegedly molesting a couple of boys. While reading about yet another twisted adult preying on children was both horrifying and sickening, I was equally disturbed by a paragraph buried deep in the article. The league treasurer was quoted as saying that individuals who apply to coach are asked on their application if they’ve ever been convicted of a criminal … Continue reading

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Technological Challenge

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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