Category Archives: March 2010

Seeking Knowledge And Experience In 2010

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

Posted in Columns, Departments, Issues, LBWA, March 2010, Parks and Rec Business, Writers | Leave a comment

“List”ing The Essentials

In life, there are “to-do” lists, bucket lists, holiday gift lists, and the ever-popular “honey-do” list, to note a few well-known examples. As the working environment of a manager sometimes becomes hectic and even chaotic, making lists can bring order to the madness. This is especially helpful when setting standards for employee hiring and appraising development and performance. Each job should have a specific list of requirements. Standards-Based Lists In the parks and recreation field, two components influence staff-qualification standards: … Continue reading

Posted in Manager's Toolbox, March 2010, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

The Mercy Rule

Most football fans remember the Buffalo Bills’ historic 32-point, come-from-behind victory against the Houston Oilers in the 1993 playoffs. How about several years ago when the Cleveland Indians dug themselves out of a 12-0 hole in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners to swipe a 15-14 victory? And what basketball fan can forget the University of Kentucky overcoming a 31-point deficit in the final 16 minutes to defeat Louisiana State University in an NCAA basketball game? These were great … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, March 2010, Parks and Rec Business, Sports Spotlight | Leave a comment

Perfect Your Loss-Prevention Program

A serious accident or incident at your facility may haunt you for years, and may actually force you to close, due not only to bad press but also from the financial losses suffered in litigation. An emergency-crisis plan reduces these liability exposures; it provides for a fast and organized response to the injured, and ensures accurate disbursement of positive information to the media. While you may have a very good loss-prevention plan, accidents and incidents happen regularly, not only to … Continue reading

Posted in Insider Access, March 2010, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Random Thoughts

I have come to grips with the fact that I may be an alien. Let me explain. It’s late January, and I’m driving in my car. All over the city there are former Christmas trees laying flat, stuck in snow on the curbs. Stray pieces of tinsel shine within their stiff and brown boughs. The trees appear to weep. I consider their meager “lives.” At first they are grown and coddled. As they age, they are looked after with complete … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, Columns, Issues, March 2010, Parks and Rec Business, Writers | Leave a comment