Category Archives: May 2011

The Power Of Collaboration

The hardest part of leadership (or any collaborative project) is reading minds. I know. I know. Mind-reading is a sham—something you pay a nickel to experience at a carnival, but the reality is it would be a helpful skill in many facets of my life (father, business owner, baseball coach). I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve headed to the office, house or a ball field thinking everything was going smoothly. Then, I actually walk through the door/gate. … Continue reading

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Take Back The Game

I’ve played softball since I was 19 years old; I’m still playing at 57 in a C-D level co-ed recreation league. As the athletic supervisor for Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism in Virginia, I have also set up many leagues. I absolutely love the game. After all this time, I’m curious as to why such a great sport has turned into a homerun derby and a dangerous one at that. The game (at least for mid-level players and teams) used … Continue reading

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Comparing Business To Government

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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This-N-That

PRB welcomes the following members to our Insider program: City of Shawnee Parks and Recreation Shawnee, Kan. City of Dayton Parks & Recreation Dayton, Ohio Isabella County Parks & Recreation Mount Pleasant, Mich. Willoughby Parks and Recreation Willoughby, Ohio City of Grandview Parks & Recreation Grandview, Mo. New Lenox Community Park District New Lenox, Ill. City of Rocky River Rocky River, Ohio ——————————————————————————————————————————————- Field Notes Ric Stone has joined Jacobsen as Vice President of Sales. He is responsible for leading … Continue reading

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A Thrilling Payoff

Is it time to start looking at your park like an entrepreneur would? Business owners of outdoor adventures, such as whitewater rafting, kayaking and backcountry hiking, have a vested interest (i.e., their own money) in making a business work. Perhaps your park has a few hidden or not-so-hidden gems that can develop into a revenue stream. Before jumping in, learn what it takes to operate and maintain a high-impact facility–such as a zipline–to determine whether it’s something your outfit can … Continue reading

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