Category Archives: A Step Ahead

Excellence Equals Inclusion

Illustration: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / PureSolution

In early August, I was informed that my division had achieved the Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute. It was the fourth consecutive year that we won this award, and that prompted many calls and letters from other agencies in public buying. In response to questions of how we consistently achieved such honors, I explained that it was critical how we presented ourselves to the judges. That was half the battle in being recognized. As an example, … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, Columns, December 2014, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories | Leave a comment

Operation Enduring Change

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / edharcanstock

The verb “sur·vive” 1. To remain alive or in existence. 2. To carry on despite hardships or trauma; to persevere.  3. To remain functional or usable. 4. To live longer than; outlive. 5. To live, persist, or remain usable. Phil felt the buzz of the alarm on his watch and slowly opened his eyes. He once could wake at 5 a.m. without need for an alarm, but those days were gone. In his 20s, 30s, 40s, even early 50s, his wife often … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, Columns, Issues, November 2014, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories | Leave a comment

Man Up Like In The Movies

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / urfingus

In 1953, George Stevens directed an American western for Paramount called Shane. The film was based on a 1949 novel of the same title, written by Jack Schaefer. It starred Alan Ladd as Shane—a drifting, gun-slinging cowboy, and Van Heflin as a land-settling farmer named Joe. Joe’s wife was played by Jean Arthur and their son Joey by Brandon DeWilde. No bad guys were colder than Jack Palance, who played a gunman named Wilson.  Most Americans over the age of … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, Columns, Issues, October 2014, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Empathy Loves Company

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Lighthunter

On numerous occasions I’ve tried to teach my kids that their way of approaching a problem is just as—if not more important—than solving the problem. When they came home from school moaning and whining about a large school project or research-heavy paper, I railed against their complaints.  “Attitude is everything,” I would bellow. “Look at it as a chance to learn, to evolve, and develop yourself. If you start by complaining, the whole thing will be a chore. Take control … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, Columns, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, September 2014 | Leave a comment

Manage Modesty

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / racorn

Two tree cutters were suspended in the tree outside my second-floor bathroom window one recent morning. They were hired by the city to trim branches and limbs along property lines to keep the debris away from power and phone wires.  While I was shaving, the window was open enough that I could hear them. They didn’t know that I was there, and I heard the following conversation:  “Man,” the one guy says, “you vote for that Obama?” “Nah,” says the … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, August 2014, Columns, Issues, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment