Category Archives: A Step Ahead

“Lead”ing The Discussion

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Lately, you can’t open a magazine or newspaper, let alone peruse the web, without finding articles about leaders who should have done a better job or managers who should have reacted better. From sports managers to politicians, it seems most everyone understands what makes a great leader, and these writers take great pride in dispensing their wisdom. For lack of a better analogy, this advice is similar to a “play-by-play” account of Frankenstein’s monster on the loose: “Now it’s running … Continue reading

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Modern-Day Employment

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As I progress in my career, I find certain ideas evolving around executive newcomers. Some of these findings are the result of ambitious youth and some from a revised financial mindset (circa 2008) that sees danger in projects that take too long or tie up too many people. Also, in an age of multi-taskers, modern technology has given people tools, dexterity, and abilities that have diminished the likelihood of success through the once-honored path from mailroom/stock-boy to corporate vice-president. Age … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, Columns, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, September 2013 | Leave a comment

Truth Serum

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The other day I overheard a mother-daughter exchange that really made me pause. The 5-year old was hanging on a grocery cart while she stood in line with her mother, and both were extremely bored. The girl was gripping the cage of the cart, leaning back so that her long hair nearly touched the floor. Her mother told her to stop it and stand still. The girl pulled herself up and mumbled something about being “just like daddy’s wife.” Whatever … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, August 2013, Columns, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

The Art Of Leaving Items “Undone”

In beginning a career—whether it is straight out of trade school, college, or high school—you are told that the way to make an impression and “move up” is to get things done. If people can put their faith in you, that will take you a long way. There is a good chance that a promotion may then ensue. The apprentice becomes the partner, the ally. Now you need to show you can REALLY get things done and not just be … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, Issues, July 2013, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Game Changers

A few minutes into the second half of Super Bowl XLVII, a Baltimore Ravens receiver returned a kickoff 108 yards, tying a NFL record, and with the score 28-6, essentially putting the last nail in the coffin of the San Francisco 49ers. Seconds later, most of the lights went out in the New Orleans Superdome, and the game had to be stopped. Once the game resumed after a 34-minute delay, something odd happened. The Ravens lost their momentum. In short, … Continue reading

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